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Use of Foundation Funds

Foundation Logo SmallThe AMSA Board of Directors submits requests to the Council for Endowment  funds. All fund disbursements must be consistent with AMSA goals and policies.

Innovation Fund

Contributors to the Council may choose to have their contributions put into the Innovation Fund. This general (unrestricted) fund underwrites and grows programs and services of the American Meat Science Association and has the potential to reach the largest possible audience.

Designated Gift Opportunities

Awards and Recognition Fund

The American Meat Science Association recognizes outstanding achievements in meat science and service to the meat industry through its annual awards program. The Awards and Recognition Fund was established in 2005 to enable the Association to endow specific awards, beginning with the R.C. Pollock Award.

Innovation Fund

The Innovation fund underwrites and cultivates programs and services of the AMSA to reach the largest possible audience. Gifts made to the Innovation Fund allow AMSA to nimbly address new or emerging opportunities, as well as to adequately fund our highest priority existing efforts.

Meat Judging Fund

The Meat Judging program fosters future leaders, researchers and communicators by equipping them with skills needed to make positive contributions in industry, academia and government. Gifts to the meat judging fund will be used for costs associated with the contests, awards, AMSA Meat Judging Internship Program and other activities associated with meat judging.

Membership Development Fund

Professional and student members of AMSA are given leadership, critical thinking and team building experiences through a variety of AMSA programs. Gifts made to the Membership Development Fund will support learning and development activities for AMSA members, as well as scholarships for AMSA students.

Program, Communication, and Outreach Fund

AMSA is the premier provider of learning and knowledge for the meat science discipline. The association delivers innovative learning experiences, opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration and leadership development programs designed to advance the meat science discipline. Offerings include industry science conferences, continuing education programs, a peer reviewed journal, and a growing online library of articles, fact sheets and training resources, as well as AMSA outreach efforts to represent meat science expertise for current and emerging meat science issues. Gifts made to this fund will support existing programs such as the AMSA Reciprocal Meat Conference, PORK 101, SALUMI 101, educational webinars, fact sheets, consumer outreach, and the AMSA Internship program, as well as new programs developed in accordance with the Association mission.  

Mentor and Legacy Recognition Funds

Mentor and legacy  recognition funds are set up in the name of individuals who are honored for their lasting contributions to the lives of meat science students and young professionals and their lasting contributions to the meat industry. Complete information on these programs can be found here.

Rachel Hamilton Memorial Fund

Rachel Hamilton's contributions to the Association in her role as the Program Director will have impact well into the future, particularly for the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program. This fund honors her memory by endowing the Rachel Hamilton Spirit Award which is given to meat judging participants who demonstrate commitment, dedication and teamwork during their meat judging career.

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