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What your gifts support

Your gift will make an impact. Join us in our effort to keep 4-H strong throughout Minnesota.

Some of our top priorities for 2014 are:

Science of Agriculture

For more than 100 years, Minnesota 4-H has educated youth about agriculture. Now we’re pioneering exciting new programs to keep our ag education efforts vital and relevant.

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted gifts help fund opportunities that come up unexpectedly, reward 4-H members that earn trips to state and national events and meet the most pressing needs of Minnesota 4-H.

Communicate. Lead. Succeed.

4-H helps youth build skills they’ll need to be successful in life. The C.L.S. program rewards young people who participate in activities that help them communicate well, develop poise and self-confidence, express their ideas and speak well in public.

Science, Engineering and Technology

Minnesota 4-H offers a multitude of programs to excite youth about careers in science. We engage 4-H’ers through robotics, engineering design, aquatic robotics, digital photography and more.

Harkness Endowment

This fund provides general operating support for the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. Additional gifts help us grow our development staff so that we may better serve Minnesota 4-H.

4-H Personal Learning Environment

Minnesota 4-H is building an online platform that will help 4-H’ers collaborate, learn and work together.

State 4-H Ambassador Endowment

State 4-H Ambassadors provide leadership to the BLU and YELLO youth leadership conferences, assists thousand of guests during the State Fair and support Minnesota 4-H at many other key activities throughout the year.

Arts-In Endowment

Arts-In is a 22-day experience for Minnesota 4-H’ers. Arts-In youth perform over 40 shows to 12,000 audience members at the State Fair. Youth learn about performing arts: singing, dancing, acting, instrumental accompaniment, costume design, set construction and technical work.

Citizenship & Leadership

4-H helps youth explore what it means to be an active citizen and leader in their community. Gifts support the popular BLU and YELLO youth leadership conferences.

Healthy Living

4-H’s Healthy Living project mobilizes volunteers to help young people be leaders in making healthy changes in their communities. Participating 4-H clubs establish Health Officers to promote fitness and nutrition and offer hands-on projects to teach youth to lead healthier, more active lives.

County 4-H Endowments

Nearly half of Minnesota’s 87 counties have county endowments that support local 4-H programs. Decisions on how to utilize county endowment proceeds are made at the local level, so giving to a county endowment directly supports the 4-H program in your local community.

Program Gifts

Support a specific local, regional or statewide program (examples: statewide dairy cattle programming, a local robotics team in your community, etc.). These types of gifts are distributed immediately to the 4-H program area you wish to support, and are not invested as part of an endowment.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

If you have a relative or friend whose life has been touched by 4-H, consider making a gift in honor of that person.

Scholarship & Award Endowments

The 4-H Foundation holds nearly 30 endowment funds that support scholarships for exceptional 4-H’ers to attend college, or that fund awards and programming in communities across the state. Give to an existing endowment, or start a new fund. Highlights of what these gifts support:

Helping Hands Grants: We fund local programs and projects that young people want, and that require youth and adults to work together. Most grants are received by local 4-H clubs for amounts $200 to $2,000.

Opportunity Grants: We fund one-time exceptional new programming ideas, professional development programs for 4-H volunteers/staff, or activities that reach out to new and diverse youth.

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