County 4-H Programs

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County 4-H Designated Gift Program

The Michigan 4-H Foundation routinely accepts and administers charitable contributions designated by the donor for support of a specific Michigan county 4-H program. The benefits of foundation management of county designated gifts include donor recognition and stewardship opportunities, state and federal tax benefits, financial accountability and record keeping.


*To donate to a county 4-H program on the gift form, select Other in the drop down menu and specify the county name in the box.

County Funds

The foundation manages county funds that provide annual support for 4-H programs. These funds can be invested with deposits of $5,000 or greater into two investment portfolios. Either the Capital Preservation Fund or the Capital Growth Fund. The interest earnings are then distributed to the county MSU Extension office.

The advantages include: 1) interest earnings that are typically higher because the foundation’s investment potential is higher than that of a single fund investment and 2) once the fund is established, it can receive donations from any source interested in your county 4-H program.

Endowed Funds for County Support

Endowed gifts can be designated to support a specific county 4-H program. These funds are supported with a minimum gift of $30,000 for general county 4-H program support or for scholarship or annual award support.

Counties with existing general 4-H endowments are: Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Chippewa, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Houghton-Keweenaw, Ingham, Ionia, Iosco, Isabella, Kalkaska, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Macomb, Mason, Midland, Montcalm, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola, Ottawa, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Additional gifts are welcome to grow these funds.