National Biodiesel Foundation is on the move

By | January 10, 2007
New board members and new projects have re-energized the National Biodiesel Foundation. The foundation was formed in 1994 to solicit funding opportunities for educational and research goals. Participating corporations, along with nonprofit and federal organizations, will sponsor additional development of the biodiesel industry.

Tom Verry, director of outreach and development for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), was voted in as the executive director at the foundation board meeting held in conjunction with the NBB's most recent board meeting. Current board members and their positions are:

--President-Darryl Brinkmann of the American Soybean Association

--Vice president-David Womack of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board

--Treasurer and secretary-John Heisdorffer of the Iowa Soybean Association

"Biodiesel has been growing at such a rapid pace," Verry said. "It was apparent the time had come to put the National Biodiesel Foundation into action. One value the foundation can bring to donors is the comfort of knowing the funds will not be used for lobbying, which is important as this industry pursues more government and nonprofit funding opportunities. Additionally, it gives corporations and individuals an opportunity to support biodiesel research and education, while classifying their contribution as a tax-deductible donation."

At the next foundation board meeting, Verry will present funding opportunities, and there will be discussion on future action and grant options. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo on Feb. 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas.
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