AFE Ken Young
AFE Ken Young's Fundraiser

$60 for AFE's 60th Anniversary

Supporting the Arizona Retail Florist Travel Grant with a Matching Gift

$1,440 towards $3,600

You may be aware that I have been a Trustee of the American Floral Endowment since 2012 currently serving as the Treasurer/Secretary of AFE and will become Chairman-elect in September.

AFE provides funds for research and scholarships to benefit the floral industry on a national level with charitable contributions from all segments of the industry. In 2019, we established the first fund at AFE to specifically benefit retail florists with the launch of the Arizona Retail Florist’s Travel Grant. To date, we have helped two Arizona florists attend the AIFD Symposium through this grant.

This year, AFE is celebrating our 60th Anniversary, and I would like to present my fellow members of the Arizona floral community with a challenge that will specifically benefit Arizona florists. As part of this year’s celebration efforts, AFE has launched a program asking for a $60 contribution for our 60th Anniversary.

My challenge to our Arizona floral industry members is for 60 Arizona companies or individuals to each make a $60 donation.

If we, the Arizona floral community, can reach the goal, I will match those 60 donations dollar for dollar turning your $60 into a $120 donation. Since we have the Arizona Retail Florist Fund established, these donations can be earmarked to that Fund so that your donation will directly benefit Arizona retail florists. Finally, everyone who contributes $60 or more will also receive one of our AFE 60th Anniversary Commemorative T-Shirts.

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I hope you will join me in this 60 for 60 Challenge to celebrate AFE’s 60th Anniversary and increase the value of the Arizona Retail Florist’s Travel Grant Fund. If you have questions about the American Floral Endowment or the Arizona Retail Florists Travel Grant, please feel free to contact me at 480-289-4020 or by email at: You can also reach out to AFE directly by emailing AFE's Manager of Communications & Outreach, Karin Krause, at

Friends of Floral LogoNEW THIS YEAR! Recurring donor recognition - Join the Friends of Floral as a sustaining donor! If you set up your gift as a recurring donation, you will be listed separately on AFE's primary donor page and given VIP donor treatment with extra giveaways.

Flowers and CoffeeRecurring Donation Options:

  • $60 per year = about the cost of a bouquet


  • $5 per month = about the cost of a morning coffee or latte

Support another 60 years of floral industry programs, research, and resources provided by the American Floral Endowment (AFE)!