Foundation for Packaging Education: One Year Later

In November of 2020, the creation of the Foundation for Packaging Education was announced to the industry. The Foundation acts as a reliable source of funds for AICC and related educational programming aimed at people already working in box plants and the industry. 

During the first year, more than 40 AICC General and Associate Member companies and individuals made pledges and donations to the Foundation that total $1,500,000. As promised, the AICC Board of Directors matched the first million dollars. 

Inaugural Donors include: A.G. Stacker, Akers Packaging Services, Arvco, Athena SWC, Bay Cities, BCM Inks, Central Package & Display, Mike D’Angelo, DeLine Box & Display, The Day Before Golf, Equipment Finance, Geo. Martin, Nick Griffin, Haire Machinery, Harris Packaging, Independent II, Jamestown Container, JB Machinery, Kolbus, L.D. Davis, McLean Packaging, Michigan City Paper Box, Ox Box, Package Crafters, Package Express, Pamarco/Absolute, Royal Containers, Southern Missouri Container, Standfast Group, Sun Automation, Tavens Container, Wasatch Container, and Welch Packaging Group.

The following inaugural donors have also given in honor or memory of others:

·        Adducco Communications, in memory of Michael Brunton

·        Buckeye Boxes, in honor of Robert B. Hoyt

·        NV Publications, in memory of Michael Brunton

·        Oklahoma Interpak, in honor of John A. Schilt

The Foundation is close to reaching the $3,000,000 goal in pledges and donations set by the Foundation Board. You can still support the Foundation, your company, and the industry by donating or pledging at PackagingEd.org/Donate. Please note that the IRS has increased to 25% of taxable income the amount of deductible charitable contributions that corporations can make this tax year.

Several donors have also come together, led by Michael Levin of The Paige Company, Mitch Klingher of Klingher Nadler LLP, and Freedom Corrugated, to create a scholarship within the Foundation to honor the memory of Steve Narva. Narva, an industry veteran, made his mark at multiple companies and touched the lives of many. The following companies have made pledges and donations to this Fund. 

·        Paige Packaging

·        Freedom Corrugated, LLC

·        Commonwealth Packaging

·        Tyoga Container

·        Viking Industries

The Steve Narva Memorial Scholarship is the second scholarship program administered by the Foundation. AICC’s long-standing Richard Troll Memorial Scholarship is now under the Foundation’s stewardship as well.

Plans are in the final stages for an exciting Foundation for Packaging Education fundraising event in the second half of 2022. Watch for an announcement soon.

Those interested in learning more or becoming a donor can visit PackagingEd.org or contact AICC Director of Education & Training Taryn Pyle at 703-535-1391 or tpyle@aiccbox.org, or AICC President Mike D’Angelo at 703-535-1386 or mdangelo@aiccbox.org.