For many years The National Management Association has attempted to leave a “Positive Footprint” on its conference host city by choosing a local charity for individuals and chapters to support. Each year the Community and Communications Committee reviews 5-10 suggestions and votes on what local charity to support. Below is a list of charities NMA has supported over the past 10+ years.

Greenville Free Health Clinic – Greenville, SC

For the Love of Children – Dayton, OH (Virtual Conference)

Growing Gardens – Portland, OR

The Children’s Shelter – San Antonio, TX

All Kids Wonderland – Clearwater Beach, FL

We (heart) Veterans – New Orleans, LA

The Give Hope Foundation – Reno, NV

American Veterans Alliance – Miami, FL

Kinetic Kids – San Antonio, TX

Northwest Harvest – Seattle, WA

Little Patriots – St. Louis, MO

Ronald McDonald House – Miami, FL

Keeping with that tradition, NMA has chosen to donate to a beloved Louisville charity, the WHAS Crusade for Children. Since 1954 the Crusade for Children has brought the entire community together to raise funds for special needs children. In its first 68 years, the Crusade has raised more than $200 million.

Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

The money raised is then distributed to various agencies, schools, and hospitals apply for grants and appear before the panel during grant hearings held each spring.
Once the hearings are complete, the advisory panel determines which agencies receive Crusade donations. An independent board of interdenominational ministers known as the Crusade Advisory Panel decides how donations are distributed each year.

We ask each chapter or individual to please consider bringing a donation to the Annual Conference. A presentation to charity will be made on Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the Speech Contest.

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