Nearly 300 of California’s grocery industry employees and their dependents will receive life-changing financial assistance this year through college scholarships awarded by the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation. The largest state-wide program in America supporting the grocery industry, the CGA Educational Foundation College Scholarship Program will offer 291 deserving students a record $359,750 in financial relief from ever-rising costs that prevent many from completing their education. And they’re not stopping there.
The CGA Educational Foundation has selected Ascend Partners Group to provide board training this fall on developing a comprehensive fundraising program, and to facilitate the Foundation’s strategic planning board retreat in early 2014. APG will work with Foundation staff and board members to develop a robust annual giving program, identify major gift prospects, and develop the infrastructure for a planned giving program as part of the strategic planning process. The Foundation has historically relied upon major annual events as its chief source of fundraising revenue. It is now seeking to diversify its forms of support as it strives to provide more scholarship support for grocery employees and their families throughout California.