NGA Research and Education Foundation



The NGA Foundation seeks to position the industry as an employer of choice for college students and is committed to supporting students planning careers with independent grocers.  Over the last five years, NGA and its affiliates have awarded over $120,000 in scholarships providing the critical resources needed to invest in future leaders.

*For more information on NGA's Scholarship Opportunities, click HERE!*

Donate to the NGA Foundation

Make a donation to the NGA Research and Education Foundation today and invest in the present and future strength of the independent grocery sector.

Click to donate online!

Donation instructions:

  1. Create an online NGA customer profile (if you do not have one already)
  2. Navigate to ‘Online Store’
  3. Select ‘Merchandise’
  4. Browse for ‘NGA Foundation Donation’ item and select
  5. Complete transaction

Questions? Please contact the NGA Research and Foundation at

NGA Foundation Board of Directors

Chairman: Roger Collins, Chairman of the Board, Harps Foods Stores, Inc.
Vice Chairman: Carole Bitter, President & CEO, Friedman’s Freshmarkets
Treasurer: Bill Drake, Director, Executive Education, Food Industry Management Program, Cornell University


Denny Belcastro, Vice President, Industry & Customer Collaboration, Kimberly Clark
Jodie Felter, Director of Human Resources, Niemann Foods, Inc.
Jim Goers, SVP, Topco Associates, LLC, Member Development & National Brands
Robert Graybill, President & CEO, FMS Solutions Holdings

Michael Needler, Jr., President & CEO, Fresh Encounter, Inc.
Bob Richardson, Director, Sales and Consumer Development, The Clorox Company
Kelli Schaefer-McSpiritt, Director of Advertising, Wakefern Food Corp. 
Erick Taylor, President/CEO, Pyramid Foods


Affiliated Programs