Campaign Update

Michigan 4-H Foundation

74.5% to goal $9.32 million of $12.5 millionThank you for helping us to log another million dollars for Michigan 4-H’s future! As of Nov. 15, 2016 total giving for the Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future totaled $9.32 million – 74.5 percent of the $12.5 million campaign goal. The campaign has two years and $3.2 million more to go.

The Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future has a $4.5 million goal for statewide 4-H program support for science literacy, healthy lifestyles, leadership and civic engagement, workforce readiness and financial literacy, and volunteer development.

Featured Focus – 4-H Healthy Lifestyles
4-H healthy lifestyles programs give young people the tools and knowledge they need to eat right, exercise often and navigate the tough choices they often face as they enter adolescence and their teenage years . With increased support for 4-H healthy lifestyles programs, more Michigan youth will learn to make healthy life choices.

4-H healthy lifestyles is at 31 percent of the $500,000 goal. Programs supported include a new career and fitness curriculum, the Molina Teen Health Challenge and several Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice grants to expand 4-H health programs in local communities. Read more about the Walmart grant.

We are pleased to report that The Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future has surpassed the $8 million mark. As of Oct. 31, 2015, gifts and pledges total $8.15 million or 68 percent of the $12.5 million campaign goal.

A major component of the campaign has been to raise awareness and support of local 4-H programs through the Make the Match County 4-H Endowment Campaign. Many friends have said yes to sustain 4-H programs in their communities through investments to establish and grow county 4-H endowments.

In addition to support for local 4-H programs, The Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future has a $4.5 million goal for statewide 4-H program support for science literacy; healthy lifestyles; leadership and civic engagement; workforce readiness and financial literacy; and volunteer development.

4-H leadership and civic engagement (LCE) is at 63% of the $500,000 goal and has supported the New York Life Youth in Governance Project, 4-H Capitol Experience, international 4-H exchange programs, Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council, Operation Military Kids, the Monsanto Challenge and Ag Innovators experiences.

LCE programs provide young people with life-learning experiences to increase their ability to set goals, solve problems, make decisions, and enhance their written communication and public speaking skills.

As of June 30, 2015, The Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future has raised $7.9 million, 63.2 percent of the $12.5 million goal.

Leadership for The Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future includes the Leadership 10, a group of 4-H campaign volunteers; trustee leadership, supporting the Leadership 10 in campaign fund development; and foundation staff members, providing guidance and support for the foundation’s campaign volunteers.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation’s Leadership 10 is a group of 10 couples who have assumed the role of serving as the face of the capital campaign by sharing their compelling 4-H story and support of Michigan 4-H. These carefully selected individuals provide their leadership through their generous gifts and participation in foundation campaign activities. Learn more about the Leadership 10.

Although contributions from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2018 are included in campaign totals, The Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future public launch was Oct. 3, 2014, at the 4-H Town and Country Gala at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Mich. Guests celebrated the initial campaign investments that help 4-H engage youth in relevant and interesting ways today, grow and diversify its volunteer base, and enhance program delivery to best serve the needs of Michigan’s young people well into the future. Recipients of the 4-H Emerald Awards were also honored at the gala.

As of Oct. 31, 2017, total giving for the Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future totaled $10.28 million – 82 percent of the $12.5 million campaign goal.

With just over one year of the campaign left and $2.22 million to go, 4-H needs you.

Consider how you can make an impact and support 4-H through one or more of the following priority areas:

  • 4-H program support: science literacy, healthy lifestyles, leadership and civic engagement, workforce readiness and financial literacy.
  • 4-H volunteer development ensures 4-H volunteers are recognized, trained and supported for their work with youth.
  • Facilities improvement at Kettunen Center or the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens.
  • Endowments – can be established and provide perpetual support for 4-H facilities or county or state 4-H programs.
  • Planned gifts – documenting a planned or estate gift in support of Michigan 4-H can help toward the campaign goal.

As you consider your giving, reflect on what it is that you care most about in 4-H – whether that is empowering youth, training volunteers, growing local or statewide endowment or documenting a future gift to leave a legacy for years to come.

For more information on the Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future and ways to support 4-H, contact Amanda Masters at (517) 884-4691 or amasters@msu.edu.