GET INVOLVED AT THE GRAIN PLACE
Donate to The Grain PlaceFinancial Gifts: Your gifts will support farm operations, and help us establish educational and scientific programs to enhance the legacy of a pioneering organic farm. Your tax-deductible financial contribution each year makes you a Friend of the Foundation, and you will both receive periodic updates via email and be listed on the annual report of donors.
Mail your gift to: Grain Place Foundation, 1904 N. Hwy 14, Marquette, NE 68854 or give online through the link at the bottom of this page.
Large Gifts : We have dreams of expanding the work of our Foundation with additional staff, education opportunities and more. Most of the initial significant donations have come as gifts of the ownership of The Grain Place, from the Vetter family. This gives us the land and soil. All our annual operating expenses, though, come from your donations. A large gift would enable us to take a leap forward with our mission. We would love to talk with you about these possibilities.
Volunteers carry out our missionThe Grain Place Foundation depends on volunteers! Board members and volunteers receive no compensation and currently pay their own personal expenses to serve.
- Service on the Board
- Fund Raising and Grant Writing
- Furthering our educational mission
- Developing Volunteer Opportunities
- Communications – website, social media, newsletter, etc.
- Networking with others in organic/regenerative agriculture
- On-farm research
- Operation of the Guest House
- Farm Management
- General Administration
- Farm Labor
interested in volunteering with us?
We hope you will let us know if you would like to volunteer with the Foundation. We encourage you to use this form to let us know more about your interested and skills. (You can also submit information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Our Internships Help Shape the Future of Food and Agriculture
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What Do We Do With Donations?Grain Place Foundation is the majority owner of the farm having been given 65% of the shares of The Grain Place, Inc., a privately held, for profit corporation with ownership restricted to members of the Vetter family and the foundation. The goal over the next few years is to have the foundation hold 85%. Don Vetter’s former home has been given to the foundation and serves as the private residence of one of the resident farmers. Continuing the practice of the Vetter family of investing all of the income from the operation of the Grain Place back into the farm means that funds for the operation of the Foundation come from elsewhere. The seed money to legally establish the foundation came from gifts given in memory of Don Vetter who died in March of 2015. Grants help fund some of our specific research projects.
In April of 2023 we contracted to become a partner in the USDA’s TOPP program which has enabled us for the first time to hire employees of the foundation. We are grateful for the many volunteers who help administer the foundation, conduct research and education, and even help operate the farm.
You may direct the use of your gift through the “purpose” item on the “donate” button or through comments on your check.
• “Friends of the Foundation” gifts support general operations. It takes about $20,000 annually to keep the foundation legally operating with volunteer directors. We also invest up to $15,000 annually in farm operations specifically to enable the farm to support two resident farmers. When our TOPP contract ends we hope to be able to continue a foundation employee to help administer the foundation and continue outreach and education programs. This would require an addition $50,000 or more of outside support.
• “Field Day Sponsorships” help make our annual Field Day and other educational programs possible. These sponsors receive recognition in Field Day promotions and activities.
• “Rogean Taylor Vetter Memorial” gifts have enabled us to establish an endowment specifically to support internships. With the help of our TOPP contract we establishing a more formalized internship program for students. Income from this endowment will be used to directly support interns. In the Spring of 2023 this fund had grown to over $46,000.
• “Intern House Building Fund” gifts will help us complete construction of modest accommodations for interns, researchers, volunteers and other folks who need to spend a few days or few weeks on the farm. This project is primarily funded by a $200,000 gift from Greg and Linda Harrison, $100,000 of which was designated by the Board of Directors for this project. (The other $100,000 went into the Unrestricted Endowment Fund.) Additional gifts of about $12,000 have been received for this project and we estimate that it will take an additional $50,000 to enable us to start using the house.
For information about gifts to Endowment Funds or specific other projects contact: Jay Vetter, 1711 Mills Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517 email@example.com 308 850-3020