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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. See AFE’s research achievements here.
  • 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 or more 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.

Join Us in Celebrating our 60th

A special thank you to our Anniversary Sponsors who raise more than $160,000 during the AFE Virtual 60 Days Fundraising Event.  Click the image below to see our generous donors!


60th News:

Special 60th Anniversary Edition of AFE’s Bulletin
AFE’s Research Achievements Over the Years
60 Years of Industry Success – GrowerTalks
Record-breaking Amount Raised for Our 60th Anniversary Virtual Fundraising Campaign
Diamond Celebrations for AFE – 60th Anniversary Feature in FCI
AFE Surpasses Initial Campaign Fundraising Goal in Under 30 Days
Announcing our 60th Anniversary Fundraising Event
Celebrating Industry Members’ AFE Stories with #AFEandMe
NEW VIDEO: 60 Years of Floral Industry Support!
AFE Celebrates 60 Years of Providing For the Floral Future



Share Your AFE Story with Us!


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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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