Welcome to the Practicing Foresters Institute
The Practicing Foresters Institute (PFI) is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated not for profit, but exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and especially to offer to practicing foresters educational information and instruction so that the public in general will be benefited.
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The endowment fund was established to attract substantial contributions that will be put into a special account. A policy was established that the principle of these funds shall never be touched, and the interest only will be used to support educational activities, not operating costs. The original goal was met in 2010 and the board of trustees shall ensure that the fund is used for scholarships, grants and educational offerings to practicing foresters.
Education Programs/Scholarship Fund
In addition to the Endowment Fund the Trustees are responsible for raising funds and distributing monies to Education Program/Scholarship Funds. Currently, PFI provides Project Grants, Candidate Member Education Grants and Host Chapter Student Grants.
In 2018, PFI established a Memorial Fund with the passing of Eley Frazier to honor his memory. ACF donated $1,000 and membership generously gave an additional $6,600. The PFI Memorial Fund also provides a place where donations can be made to honor the memory of any member in the future. The Memorial Fund will be utilized to assist associate members with expenses to attend the ACF National Meeting and/or as further directed to meet the wishes of the donor.
Each year PFI organizes a silent auction to raise monies for the “Educational Programs Fund”. The auction is held in conjunction with the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF) Annual Conference. Auction donations arrive from all over the country and many are handcrafted one of a kind items. This fundraiser helps PFI provide grant opportunities each year as the endowment fund grows.
Andrea Eggleton, ACF
Taylor Wilson, ACF
John Holzaepfel, ACF
Bryan Jones, ACF
Nathan Kachnavage, ACF
Dennis McKenney, ACF
Dennis Parent, ACF