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2021 marks AFE’s 60th Anniversary!

Throughout the year, we will be celebrating the past, present, and future of the Endowment. Highlighting our successes over the decades and those that helped us get there.

For 60 years, and only through industry support, AFE has provided vital research, programs, and resources to advance the floral industry. Much of the way flowers are grown and processed today are direct results of AFE-funded research. Cold chain management, care and handling, shipping practices, and pest & disease protocols are key to the success of our industry. Industry contributions support:

  • Research to produce healthier, longer-lasting flowers and plants to boost profits for everyone.
  • Scholarships and Internships to recruit tomorrow’s leaders and provide and hands-on training for the next generation.
  • Educational grants to provide learning opportunities and knowledge to all industry members.
  • AFE Career Center – the floral industry’s hub for employers and job seekers to connect, along with career development tools.


Partner with us to Celebrate 60 Years!
Consider making a tax-deductible donation in honor of the anniversary:

Anyone who gives $60 in support of our 60th Anniversary will receive a commemorative t-shirt noting the 60th Anniversary. “For the cost of a modest floral arrangement, every industry member has the opportunity to really make a difference,” says AFE Board Chairman, Laura Shinall. And, if you make your donation recurring monthly or yearly, you will join our group of sustaining donors, Friends of Floral, which are noted on our donor page. Your charitable donation supports ongoing floral industry programs and is fully tax-deductible.

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60th News:

NEW VIDEO: 60 Years of Floral Industry Support!
AFE Celebrates 60 Years of Providing For the Floral Future




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Has AFE impacted you? Are you a long-time supporter? We’d love to hear your AFE story and share it with the floral community.

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In honor of our 60th, we pay special tribute to those who have helped build AFE:

Current AFE Board of Trustees

Past AFE Trustees

AFE’s Legacy Circle Members – industry members providing for planned gifts to AFE for the future

Young Professionals Council


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