She is a woman who loves the land and Angus cattle. She believes in educating our young people and promoting the future of the beef industry. She is a woman who has no need for the spotlight or accolades, but on November 14 at the Angus Foundation’s Supporter Recognition Event in Louisville, Ky., her voice and words spoke volumes.
Her name is Camron “Cam” Cooper, owner of The Talon Ranch located in Twin Bridges, Montana. Cooper announced via video and formal letter that she has made a significant gift to the Angus Foundation. With plans in place to provide support for an educational endowment fund, Cam will play a critical role in empowering Angus youth to pursue a higher education while gaining an understanding of the importance of land and livestock stewardship.
From a recent outright cash gift, Cam is initially providing for a number of undergraduate scholarships to Angus youth through the creation of the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund. This Fund will also eventually provide for graduate student scholarships, educational internships for Angus youth at host Angus breeders farms across the United States, and the administration of this comprehensive program through the American Angus Association and Angus Foundation.
“Cam’s progressive and forward-thinking spirit is a testament to the passion she has for Angus youth involved in agriculture and the beef industry. She saw a need and she did something to fulfill that need. Cam is truly helping us a build a strong foundation for generations to come,” stated Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association® CEO.
In addition, through the Angus Foundation’s visionary planned giving program, the Angus Legacy Society, Cam has named the Angus Foundation as the charitable beneficiary of her estate formally bequeathing The Talon Ranch of 2,200 acres in its entirety, her Angus cow herd, equipment, home and other significant assets to the Angus Foundation. The hard assets will eventually be liquidated with the entire sale proceeds solely designated to further building the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund.
Showing his appreciation to Cam for her philanthropic plans, Milford H. Jenkins, President of the Angus Foundation, said, “One can only be humbled by Cam’s generous bequest commitment to the Angus Foundation. This gift will serve as an inspiration to all of us involved in the Angus breed to search our own hearts and souls to determine what we can do financially in support of the campaign.”
Also, making a gift Nov. 14 to the Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus was the Arkansas Junior Angus Association. Complementing the existing National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Endowment Fund, the Arkansas Juniors made a gift of $32,000 to create the Arkansas Activities Endowment Fund supporting the NJAS. In addition to the previous gift, they also donated another $1,500 to support the 2010 NJAS hosted by the Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska junior Angus associations in Denver, Colo., this July 11-17.
Other special featured event highlights included the Angus Foundation’s recognition of Belle Point Ranch of Lavaca, Ark., Greenacres Foundation of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Limestone, LLC., of Perkins, Okla., for achieving the $100,000 Angus Builder supporter level this fiscal year.
“Tonight we’ve seen extraordinary examples of giving back. We’ve witnessed the power of people who believe in the future of our youth, the benefit of education and the importance of research. Tonight has been special,” stated Phil Trowbridge, Angus Foundation Board of Directors Chairman.
Chairman of the Campaign Leadership Cabinet, Howard Hillman of Sioux Falls, S.D., updated Angus Foundation supporters on the progress of Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus. He highlighted the exciting growth the campaign has undergone this year as well as emphasized the need to continually give and encouraged others to join in this effort.
“As a nation, we have been challenged by a struggling economy that may affect our efforts in our campaign, but it may also include opportunities. Each person’s gift is more important than it’s ever been. Going forward, we will continue to climb to meet our goals,” stated Hillman.
The evening’s festivities concluded with the Angus Foundation announcing that with $6 million in outright cash gifts, pledges and planned giving commitments to the campaign since October 1, 2004, they are steadily progressing toward their $11 million Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus fundraising goal by December 31, 2011.
The Angus Foundation is the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Angus Association that was established in 1980 to fund and support programs involving education, youth and research in the Angus breed. For more information about the Angus Foundation, contact Milford Jenkins at 816-383-5100 or log on to www.angusfoundation.org.