“Attending American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation changed my life,” Kate Lindenburg wrote in a note to ALA donors, who contributed to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation’s Mission Endowment Fund. Lindenburg, a past ALA Girls Nation senator and junior counselor, continued, “Thank you for your support of ALA Girls Nation. It inspired my passion for politics and gave me some of my best friends. I will cherish my experience as a senator forever.”
The ALA Foundation Mission Endowment Fund is a permanent fund that holds its principal in perpetuity and pays out the investment earnings each year to be used toward ALA programs like ALA Girls Nation and the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
For example, if a donor gives $100 to the ALA Foundation Mission Endowment Fund, their gift of $100 is invested and it yields 5 percent for the year. The $5 interest earned goes toward an ALA program, while the $100 principal will remain in the endowment fund to continue to grow and earn interest year after year.
“I am so blessed by the ALA and members like you who continue to invest in the lives of the next generation of female leaders,” said Morgaan Jessell, 2017 ALA Girls Nation dean, 2016 junior counselor, and 2014 ALA Girls Nation senator.
“The ALA Foundation distributes the net investment earnings from the Mission Endowment Fund back into the programs supported by the ALA,” said Linda Boone, ALA Foundation Board of Directors president. For the last few years, the ALA Foundation Board has granted the investment funds to ALA Girls Nation to provide aspiring young women with firsthand leadership experience and practical insight into how the federal government works through ALA Girls Nation.
Abigail Taylor, a past ALA Girls Nation senator and 2017 ALA Girls Nation junior counselor shared, “This program has not only blessed my life, but the lives of thousands of other bright, young women. This week of growth, development, and friendship would not be possible without [the ALA Foundation]. I will forever be grateful for your generosity.”
The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation positively impacts the lives of our veterans, military, and their families by funding programs of the American Legion Auxiliary today and for future generations.
Founded in 2007, the ALA Foundation assists in carrying out the educational, charitable, and other exempt purposes of the American Legion Auxiliary by raising funds for, assisting in conduct of, and providing support to the Auxiliary programs. As a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, the ALA Foundation provides a resource to engage additional investors interested in supporting our mission.
If you would like to invest in the future of the American Legion Auxiliary and future leaders of America, give a gift today to the ALA Foundation Mission Endowment Fund.