National FFA Foundation Names New President

Press Release by Issuing Company

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

The National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees announced today that it has selected a highly experienced and accomplished fund-raising professional to serve as its next president. 

Molly A. Ball, CFRM, has served as vice president for development and college relations at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. Since 2010, she has directed all facets of fundraising for the college, including annual strategic planning, corporate and individual giving, board member cultivation and training, alumni relations, advancement services, marketing and communications and more. 

Kincannon & Reed, a leading global executive search firm focused on the food and agribusiness sectors, conducted a nationwide search for the position. Ball will lead the foundation that last year raised a record $20.8 million through corporate and private contributions. 

She was selected based on achievements over the past 15 years while strategically managing major fund-raising campaigns in higher education and non-profit sectors.

"Ball brings a wealth of experience, proven philanthropic leadership and a diverse skill set to the National FFA Foundation," said Mark Timm, chairman of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees. 

"She is deeply committed to the traditions and mission of the National FFA Organization. She will bring passion, high energy and enthusiasm to our team of fund-raising professionals charged with securing critical financial resources required to provide premier growth, leadership and personal growth opportunities to FFA members throughout the country each day." 

Before joining Monmouth College, Ball held titles of executive director of development and senior major gift officer at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.; executive director of the Michigan FFA Foundation; and regional representative with Farm Bureau serving both Lansing and Howell, Mich. 

Civically, she serves on the policy committee of the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and is co-chairwoman of the capital campaign committee and a parent-teacher organization member at Immaculate Conception Church and School in Monmouth. 

Ball is a past board member of the Michigan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; a former education committee member of the West Michigan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and past member of both the Council for Advancement Support of Education and the Kalamazoo Area Junior league 

Originally from Vicksburg, Mich., Ball earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture and natural resources communications with emphasis on agribusiness management and marketing from Michigan State University. She received her Certified Fund-Raising Manager accreditation from the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy. 

A former FFA member in high school, Ball served an internship at the National FFA Organization after college, joined the organization as a communications specialist and later was named individual giving manager with the foundation. 

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.