Bellwether League to expand role with educational offerings and scholarships

Jan. 11, 2021

The Bellwether League Inc. announced they officially became Bellwether League Foundation on Jan. 1,2021 and now will be offering the healthcare supply chain industry and profession several new opportunities.

Among the newly added improvements include:

• Bellwether League Foundation now operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so donations and sponsorships qualify as tax-deductible charitable contributions. Previously, Bellwether League Inc. operated as a 501(c)6 not-for-profit corporation for 13 years so donations and sponsorships only could be deducted as business expenses.

 • Bellwether League Foundation plans more educational content online and on-demand through its “Leaders & Luminaries” podcasts, publication and webcasts, as well as through the annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum.

• Bellwether League Foundation plans a variety of educational scholarships to qualified college-bound high school students, qualified current collegiate students and to qualified active professionals.

• The annual Bellwether Induction Dinner Event, which went virtual last October due to the pandemic, has been rebranded the Bellwether League Foundation Induction & Recognition Event (BLFIRE) to provide multimedia flexibility – whether live or streaming on-demand online.

Bellwether League Foundation continues to honor and recognize supply chain excellence through its Future Famers, Ammer Honoree and Bellwether Honoree awards that span and celebrate entire careers from beginning to middle to end.

2021 events include:

• BLFIRE 14 currently is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Depending on pandemic developments, the fourth quarter 2021 event either will be a hybrid or live-streaming and on-demand virtual event.

• Bellwether League Foundation’s 8th Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum is scheduled for May 2021 as a virtual event.

• Bellwether League Foundation’s Leaders & Luminaries publication is scheduled for online posting twice this year in late winter and late summer.

“As the supply chain continues to be challenged from all of the lessons of the past year, it has become even more evident that the support of leadership in this area is critical,” said Deborah Templeton, R.Ph., Chairman, Bellwether League Foundation. “There is no more a powerful force than people coming together to recognize their history, to honor its contributors and to recognize and support current leaders in their efforts to continually develop the healthcare supply chain. From the past we will draw inspiration and guidance. From the current day, we will draw strength from recognizing those in the field developing the supply chain now and in the future. To be remembered is to be honored and cared for. We need to unite to bring strength to drive the work that needs to be done, to care for the industry and its people.”

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