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Foundation News

May-June 2022

Many Ways to Give to Your Foundation

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is 100% supported by generous donors and volunteers to provide a wide range of resources and opportunities that can help make you and your business successful. From insightful, comprehensive data-driven research to talent development and recruiting opportunities, the Foundation works for the betterment of the equipment finance industry and its participants, while we exercise careful stewardship of your donations.

The Foundation is celebrating its 5th annual Day of Giving on June 7. Our donors give more than money. They give their time and talent to elevate this industry and ensure its future through our Scholarship Program and Guest Lecture Program. Here are the words of a few of our volunteers on what the Foundation means to them:

Donna Yanuzzi
“As a 25-year veteran in the equipment finance space, I feel a sense of duty to give back to an industry that has given me so much professionally and personally. The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation played a major role in developing my skill sets and keeps me current and informed of the industries I lend to. The research material provided with donation dollars is invaluable and helps us all be better lenders to our clients and the companies we work for. You can’t get this information anywhere else! Most importantly, the dedicated team of the Foundation cares about the future of our industry and growing our talent pool, so a portion of the donation dollars goes to offering five $5,000 scholarships to students interested in an equipment finance career. In addition, the Foundation team provides Guest Lecture material for us all to speak at Colleges and Universities about a career path in this great Equipment Finance Industry.”
-Donna Yanuzzi, Director of Equipment Finance SVP
1st Equipment Finance

“The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Day of Giving is an excellent opportunity for our organization to recognize the Foundation and all the ways Farm Credit Leasing uses the research. We encourage our Associates to consider a donation and highlight the Scholarship opportunities and Guest Lecture Program. We also use the Day of Giving to recognize the Associates who serve and volunteer on committees for both the Foundation and ELFA.”
-Mark Loken, Vice President
CoBank Farm Credit Leasing

“For over 20 years I have been learning from and utilizing ELFF information and reports to manage and build strategies that grow the businesses for which I am responsible. From State of the Industry reports, SEFA data, and Industry Future Council reports, as well as specialty studies like The Perfect Storm, the Foundation produces valuable information and observations for the industry it serves. 

We decided several years ago that Channel needed to participate in funding support of the Foundation. More recently, I began to personally give as well. This year’s Day of Giving is a great opportunity to support the fine work of the ELFF in 2022. We would be thrilled if you joined us alongside many others in the industry who give generously to the Foundation.“
-Brad Peterson, Chief Executive Officer
Channel Partners Capital

Eastern Funding Chief Operating Officer

“My engagement with the Foundation is multi-layered and purposeful. I am invested in the creation of a more diverse industry while also focusing on emerging talent and leadership. The Foundation’s academic prong provides me with the resources to do outreach focusing on diversity through the Guest Lecture Program at local colleges and universities. In addition, I am also given a platform to share my unique perspective and experience as a leader, seasoned veteran, and woman of color in the equipment finance industry.”
-Nancy Robles, Chief Operating Officer/Compliance Officer
Eastern Funding LLC  

So don’t take our word for it, join your peers in supporting the Foundation with a tax-deductible donation on June 7 or anytime at https://www.leasefoundation.org/giving/online/

Visit LeaseFoundation.org to download FREE Foundation research and learn more about the Academic Scholarship and Guest Lecture Program.