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Investing in Extension creates a stronger Minnesota

Pat (right) and Francis Buschette created a scholarship for developing leaders, like Jan Jackola (left) and Deade Johnson.

Donors' generous support for Extension research and education cultivates a brighter future

A Master Gardener teaches volunteers how to build a community vegetable garden.

A new leader engages her city in building a much-needed bus shelter.

4-H youth study the water quality of local lakes.

Extension's impact is visible throughout Minnesota. But what's often unseen is the role generous donors play in achieving the results.

"It all comes down to the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota," observes Jane Johnson, Extension development director. "Extension works in every county and offers a wide range of education that people are passionate about."

Pat and Francis Buschette of Renville County saw just such an opportunity in Extension's leadership education. The Buschettes are deeply committed to leadership, agriculture and Minnesota communities. Their generous gift to Extension created the Patricia and Francis Buschette Leadership Fund, providing scholarships to participants in Extension leadership programs. This support will help cultivate the next generation of leaders throughout Minnesota.

"Our future depends on leaders who are prepared," says Pat Buschette. "Extension provides participants the opportunity to understand the unique contributions of Minnesota communities and the tools to identify and develop their skills. With this understanding, they enhance their ability to work with others and build on accomplishments."

Extension helps communities and regions capitalize on their assets. Gifts such as the Buschettes' build the foundation of local leaders needed to deal with Minnesota's changing landscape, economy and demographics.

"The need for private support is only going to grow," Johnson says. "Many people see what a tremendous asset Extension is to their communities. Donors can support whatever part of Extension's work they are passionate about—agriculture, leadership, youth, gardening, communities, environment and families. Extension education and research touches all parts of Minnesota."

Visit Donate, or call (612) 624-7971 to speak to Jane Johnson, Extension development director, or Cara Miller, executive director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Generous gifts send 4-H'ers to college

Flexibility allows donors to create gifts that reflect their priorities. Examples of scholarships made possible by donors through the Minnesota 4-H Foundation:

Violet Kern Scholarship

Provides on-going support to eight 4-H'ers each year as they pursue studies anywhere at the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Edward H. Schultz Scholarship

Designed to support 4-H'ers from Le Sueur and Nicollet counties to pursue agricultural studies at any post-secondary institution

Andrea Ruesch Scholarship Fund

Provides education funds for 4-H'ers in a 10-county area in southwestern Minnesota

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