The Foundation is a very useful tool for local Pachyderm Clubs, the Pachyderm Federation and individuals. We provide an avenue that allows individuals to contribute to a scholarship fund on an income tax deductible basis. A receipt is provided for all contributions received. An individual contributor or club contribution can be designated to a specific club contribution. Depending on the amount of available cash, the Foundation may match up to $250 for a club scholarship.
Sponsoring a scholarship provides a vehicle for getting some publicity for the local Pachyderm club. Frequently a news article can be built around the local recipient(s) which gains attention for both the club and the recipient. The recipient(s) is usually asked to come to a club meeting to discuss their experience at the sponsored event. The recipient’s attendance at a meeting helps generate interest toward future contributions and may provide another PR opportunity.
The Randolph County Area Pachyderm Club has been the most successful at awarding scholarships on a perpetual basis. In 2008 they sponsored four individuals to Boys/Girls State, in 2009 they sponsored five individuals to Boys/girls State, in 2010 four individuals and in 2011 they sponsored 3. They raised their funds through club activities, many individual contributions and a Foundation contribution. For 2009 the Platte County Pachyderm Club awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a college student and they plan to make another award in 2011.
Annually, The Foundation plans to award one Boys and one