The Future Angler Foundation (FAF) is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in April of 2012 by a small group of anglers dedicated to helping grow the sport of fishing through education and outreach.
The FAF works to “Create New Anglers” by working with individuals and organizations throughout the United States to expose potential new anglers of all ages to the sport of fishing and educate them on how to catch fish and protect the resource. The educational component of what the FAF does is critical to the future of the sport because equipment alone will not catch fish, each angler must have the knowledge needed to use the equipment effectively. Additionally, with the introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in the U.S, anglers must know the part they must play in slowing the spread of AIS if we are to protect our lakes and streams for future generations. As such, the FAF partners with state and federal agencies and other conservation-oriented non-profits to assist in educating anglers on how to become successful anglers and on the steps they need to take as stewards of the water to slow the spread of AIS.
The FAF utilizes angler education and outreach to help reverse the attrition that is currently taking place in sportfishing, and support industry R3 efforts. We are able to do so through the use of networking and a hands-on grassroots approach that has proven to be extremely effective. It is our opinion that participation in outdoor activities like fishing is at the core of the American way of life and essential to the future of our nation as we know it.
Specifically we are:
- Support events that volunteers host by providing written material, fishing equipment, and items that will support an increase in participation in the sport.
Create an infrastructure to support accomplished angler volunteers to educate anglers of all experience levels at venues like National Parks, National Forests, State Parks, State Forests, and Federal/State Wildlife areas and angling events.
- Develop programs to bring angling into the schools as part of a school curriculum. FAF volunteers donate time to train the teachers and FAF can assist in the funding of the equipment needed for these programs.
- The FAF with financial support provided through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant administered by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has contracted the Emmy award-winning “Into the Outdoors” television network to create a video series and corresponding educational curriculum targeted at grade school and middle school-age students to teach them about angling. This series is currently being produced and will be introduced in 2019. Upon completion is will be available through their “free source” network at the following link: Getting Families Fishing or for classroom curriculum
- Provide individuals and organizations funding and equipment to support programs those individuals and organizations are currently using to grow participation in the sport.
FAF hosts a website designed to expose the work FAF supported volunteers are doing to educate anglers of all ages. Additionally, the site shares the passion our members have for the sport through video and images of our Members participating in the events we are funding.
- Works with the fishing industry in a manner that will garner support for the FAF’s mission to educate anglers of all ages and is active in support of AREA.
The Future Angler Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, currently having no paid employees. Funding is provided by partner contributions, donations from the general public, donations from businesses, grants from government agencies and grants from other nonprofit organizations.
Now that we have the structure in place, the FAF is getting ready to do even more to grow the sport of fishing around us.
Meet the Team
Patrick Neu — President and co-founder, outdoor market consultant with extensive experience in the outdoor industry and the Executive Director of the National Professional Anglers Association(NPAA)
Sam Calabro — Vice President Industry Relations, Sam worked in the transportation industry nearly 30 years for Union Pacific Railroad in as an upper level manager in Marketing and Sales. He qualified for early retirement in the Fall of 2017. Sam is an avid fisherman and has fished across the U.S.
Dr. Robert (Nick) Schmal — Executive Director, over 30 years of experience working in aquatic resources. Nick holds a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in fisheries science and water resource management from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Dr. Philip Moy — Over 20 years’ experience working in aquatic science research, education and outreach. Previously worked as the Assistant Director for Research and Outreach at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and as Water Resources Department Director for Lake County, California
Robert Blosser — Co-founder, past president of the NPAA, successful entrepreneur and top ranked tournament angler
Dr. Thom Dammrich — Recently retired president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association for the past 20 years, RBFF board member, avid angler and boater.
Kevin VanDam — Top fishing tournament money winner of all time, angler educator, successful sportfishing industry promotion specialist, and passionate outdoorsman
The driving force behind the formation of the FAF was the combined passion for the sport as avid anglers and a desire to share this life-changing activity with others. If individuals of all ages and genders begin to fish, they will quickly share our passion, thus solidifying their place in America’s culture for generations to come.
For more information about the Future Angler Foundation contact Patrick Neu at (920) 856-6151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .