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Extension > Youth Development > Give > Transitioning the Minnesota 4-H Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this change happening?

This transition allows 4-H and the Center for Youth Development to use more of donors’ funds for youth development activities by reducing administrative costs.

The University of Minnesota’s “Driven” fundraising campaign is under way, providing a wonderful opportunity for 4-H and Extension to leverage the operational structure and fundraising expertise of the U of M Foundation (UMF). By partnering with UMF, more money can be raised for 4-H programming.

What happens to the money I’ve already given to 4-H?

Funds raised in the past for 4-H programs, as well as funds raised in the future, will remain 100 percent for 4-H or the specific youth programs designated by donors. Most donors will see no change in how their contributions are handled.

What’s the timeline for completing the transition?

The idea has been explored and evaluated by the board for the past two years. It has also been thoroughly vetted by University of Minnesota legal advisers. The Minnesota 4-H Foundation board of trustees voted in June to enter this legal transition process. The process will take several months, but is expected to be complete in January 2018. The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is in the process of notifying donors and other stakeholders as the transition becomes final.

How will this change affect 4-H operations?

This transition will reduce administrative costs, so more of donors’ contributions will go directly to 4-H programming. Otherwise, little or no changes are expected.

How can I help raise money for 4-H?

Since 1980, Minnesota 4-H Foundation board members have enthusiastically supported 4-H programs and helped advance youth programming. As part of this transition, Minnesota 4-H is creating a Fund Development Committee to help with fundraising and friend-raising for 4-H. Please contact our development team at to learn more.

Who can I contact with specific questions about my contributions and how they’ll be handled through this transition?

Please contact Extension Development director Jane Johnson at or call 612-626-3717.

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