The CFSF is a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves as the Foundation of Chicago Section IFT. Its purpose is to raise funds for and award scholarships to students intending to work in the food industry.
To develop, promote and support the current and next generation of food and beverage industry professionals through scholarship programs while working in close collaboration with Chicago Section IFT.
To strengthen the science of food within the Chicagoland food and beverage industry to address ever growing global needs.
CFSF will enhance the science of food by:
- Inspiring all ages to be engaged in food sciences
- Supporting future and current food and beverage professionals in their endeavors
Kent Precision Food Group
Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
Provide oversight of the financial reporting process, the audit process, the foundation’s system of internal controls and compliance with laws and regulations. Responsible to oversee the internal controls and risk-management procedures.
Responsible for review of tax filings.
- Debbie Schodrof, Chair
- Azad R Lakhani
- Athena Uslander
Develops and executes fundraising to support additional scholarship giving and raise awareness of the Foundation. This includes the Golf Outing, fun events, and other fundraising activities conducted each year.
- Events: Responsible for organizing fundraising and awareness events such as a Silent Auction, Trivia Night, or events held in conjunction with the Supplier’s Expo and other CSIFT happenings. The events organized may change each year as new ideas are brought forward by the team.
- Corporate Giving: Responsible for identifying and developing relationships with other businesses, organizations, endowments, and foundations. Programs include website and event sponsorship and direct donations.
- Individual Giving: Identification of ways for individuals to give back to their profession community.
- Amy Parks, Chair
- Tim Stubbs, Chair
- John Fenstermacher
- Megan Gusick
- Julie Hess
- Kat Kitchen
- James Nasella
- Tarun Philar
Provides guidance and assistance in policy and procedures of the foundation’s finances. Acts as a review board for the annual budget.
Responsible for establishing policy and overseeing the management of the investment of all funds at the Foundation.
- Chris Bigall, Chair
- Adam Gelfeld
- Michael Gross
The Giving Committee will be responsible for reviewing, recommending and evaluating all of the scholarship, donations and giving activities made by the foundation.
- Scholarship (Competitive, Freshman, JBT, RAP)
- Invest in the Future (4H, IFT Educator Program,etc)
- Ariel Cavazos, Chair
- Linda Perucca, Chair
- Dawn Bodin
- Natalie Hagg
- Nathan Libbey
- Dawn Manthei
Responsible for periodic review of the operating policies and procedures of the Foundation and for making recommendations for any changes to the Board of Trustees.
- Shawn Gebhardt, Chair
- Jenn Farrell
- Cynthia Goody
- Courtney Gwinn
- Brandon Holder
Golf Outing Committee
Plans the yearly Golf Outing in August to raise funds for scholarships.
- Mike Hosler, Chair
- John Fenstermacher, Chair
- Jan Miller
- James Nasella
- Jame Skidmore
The Marketing Committee will be responsible for developing and maintaining a formal marketing/public relations plan and branding strategy for the Foundation. This committee will oversee the Foundation’s website and social media presence and assist with all forms of Foundation publications.
- Maddie Gerling, Chair
- David Lee, Chair
- Candace Cage
- Alice Moon
- Nique Tyler
- Sarah Osterbur
- Melissa Wang