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About the 4-H Foundation

Over the past two years, your generosity has empowered us to disperse $1.2 million to 4-H programs that serve youth across Minnesota.

4h kids looking at a poster on tableThe Minnesota 4-H Foundation, a 501(c)3 non profit, was created in 1980 to generate private funds to create and deliver the finest youth development programs in Minnesota.

Learn about our board of trustees.

We support 4-H programs at the state and regional levels and in each of Minnesota's 87 counties. Since 1904, 4-H has been open to boys and girls from all backgrounds starting in kindergarten through one year past high school.

Youth who participate in 4-H:

  • Build self-confidence by mastering skills and public speaking
  • Work collaboratively with their peers and adults
  • Expand their understanding of citizenship and government
  • Learn firsthand from community leaders and adult volunteers
Meet our staff.

Our mission

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation supports high-quality youth programs by building relationships with donors to secure private financial resources for the Extension Center for Youth Development.

Our vision

Provide all Minnesota young people opportunities to learn, lead and succeed.


Volunteers are the heart and soul of 4-H. More than 11,000 screened adult volunteers made it possible for over 65,000 Minnesota 4-H'ers to participate in clubs, camps, after-school, in-school and special-interest programs. Learn more about volunteering.

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