National Farmers Foundation

Through our funding of research and education, the National Farmers Foundation seeks to build on and strengthen the work of the National Farmer Union and the progressive farm movement in Canada.

Meaningful Volunteer Opportunity!

Are you an NFU Associate Member? There is an opening on the National Farmers Foundation board for an NFU Associate Member.  The NFF hopes to fill this position in time for the volunteer to meet the rest of the board at our AGM in November 2019 in Winnipeg. In addition to being a member of the board, the person who fills this board spot must also be willing to take on the role of board treasurer (training will be provided).

The National Farmers Foundation is a registered Canadian charity.  Its membership is comprised of its five-member volunteer board of directors.  The board is composed of three NFU members and two NFU associate members.  The NFF’s by-laws explicitly state:  Each member must accept and uphold the Statement of Purpose and the politics of the National Farmers Union. The Foundation’s mandate: “… to organize and implement programs of education and research around the development of rural Canada and to direct these programs toward both rural and urban populations.”

The treasurer’s role requires someone who is organized, is comfortable being responsible for financial details (receiving and depositing cheques), has access to a computer and is comfortable with on-line banking, and can use the basic functions of Word and Excel.

As a board member, the treasurer has the same responsibility as other board members to contribute to the decision making of the organization, to attend meetings by phone (usually two per year) and to participate in the annual general meeting (travel stipend is provided).  This volunteer role requires approximately four to five hours each month, and most of the work can be done according to the treasurer’s schedule.

The NFF’s membership assess applicants for board openings to fit the needs of the organization and votes to select new board members. Board terms are three years and renewable.

For more information including more details about responsibilities involved, or to learn the process for submitting your name for consideration, please email:

How to Donate to the National Farmers Foundation

The National Farmers Foundation is a Registered Canadian Charity (# 882622368 RR0001); official tax receipts are issued for all contributions of $10.00 or more.

The National Farmers Foundation gratefully accepts donations:

By Credit Card on-line at
Monthly donations and memorial donations may also be made through our CanadaHelps page.

By cheque: Please make cheque payable to The National Farmers Foundation and mail to:

National Farmers Foundation
c/o Christina Magill
146F Clinton Street
Toronto, ON M6G 2Y3

Through Charitable Bequests (instructions in a will leaving either a percentage of one’s estate or a stated dollar amount or NFU building shares to the National Farmers Foundation).

The majority of the Foundation’s donations are received from National Farmers Union Members and Associate Members. The Board of Directors of the National Farmers Foundation wishes to thank all the individuals who support its ongoing efforts.

Who We Are

The National Farmers Foundation is governed and run by a five-person voluntary Board of Directors. It operates at arms-length and independent from the structure and authority of the National Farmers Union. Directors are in sympathy with the goals, objectives, and policies of the National Farmers Union. As per its by-laws, three directors are Members of the NFU and two are Associate Members of the NFU.

The current Board Members are President Michelle Melnyk, Secretary Yuill Herbert, Treasurer Christina Magill, Directors Kalissa Regier and Carla Roppel.

The National Farmers Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.