The Benefactor’s Circle

The Benefactor's Circle is a new donor recognition opportunity for NFPA Foundation supporters. Donors receive exclusive invitations to engage with NFPA member companies and students involved in our programs.

Benefactor's Circle

The Benefactor’s Circle is a giving and recognition society within the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation that allows individuals from the fluid power industry to support the workforce development mission of the NFPA Foundation and to engage with the growing and vibrant fluid power industry.

To join the Benefactor's Circle, an individual must make a $25,000 commitment to the NFPA Foundation, payable in annual installments over five years and may renew their commitment for additional five-year periods. 

Benefactor's Circle Benefits

As a member of the Benefactor's Circle, you receive recognition benefits and participation opportunities to engage with other NFPA members, hear from industry experts, and work with the next generation in the fluid power industry.


  • IMG_0700

    Receive invitations and waived registration to attend NFPA’s Annual Conference, where the individual will be recognized and thanked from the podium and invited to attend a special function with the NFPA Board of Directors.

  • IMG_0248

    Receive invitations and waived registration to attend NFPA's Industry and Economic Outlook Conference, where the individual will be recognized and thanked from the podium. The IEOC offers valuable networking opportunities and thought-provoking educational sessions.

  • DSC_0035

    Receive invitations to attend NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge events, beginning with the fall Networking Mixer where attendees can recruit talented students, and culminating in the Final Competitions where the individual will be able to interact with and judge the designs of the participating students. 

  • purdue with mentor

    Be recognized on the NFPA Foundation website and in NFPA Foundation collateral materials. 

Join the circle

To join the Benefactor’s Circle, or to discuss making a planned gift to the NFPA Foundation as part of your estate plan, please contact Eric Lanke, NFPA Foundation President/CEO, at 414-778-3351 or

DSC_0028 (3)

In addition to the Benefactor’s Circle, the NFPA Foundation supports the following special giving and recognition programs:

  • The Pascal Society – reserved for NFPA member companies that annually donate amounts equal to at least 50% of their dues to the NFPA Foundation.
  • Legacy Builders – reserved for NFPA member companies that have exceeded $25,000 in cumulative donations to the NFPA Foundation.
  • Tom Wanke Legacy Fund – reserved for donations in any amount from anyone who wishes to honor the memory of Thomas Wanke and his significant impact on the fluid power industry and education.