Giving to 4-H Children’s Gardens

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Friends of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens

The Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens and its programs are made possible by private donations to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

You may remember the garden from the very beginning. We have come a long way and have touched hundreds of thousands of lives. Your support over the years has made a difference in the lives of kids of all ages. One thing that hasn’t changed – we need your continued support. We invite you to support the gardens to insure their beauty and provide fun learning experiences for kids – experiences that encourage them to let their imaginations grow. Please consider making a donation for the gardens, sponsoring a theme garden or program, becoming a volunteer or sponsoring a brick.

Help us Grow!

With a gift of at least $100 a year, you can become a friend of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens. Your gift will build on the legacy that the Children’s Gardens have already become through outstanding gardens and creative learning opportunities.

Friends of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens are invited to an annual event in the gardens and receive a newsletter.

Donate to the gardens!

Because the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens are supported by the Michigan 4-H Foundation, your gift will also be recognized according to giving level through the foundation’s Clover Citation Program.


Sponsor a brick!

Bricks can be donated in your name; in honor of a family, friend or club; or in memory of loved ones and are placed in the courtyard of your choice. They are then placed in Demonstration Plaza in the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden (at Michigan State University). Bricks are usually installed in the spring and fall of each year.


Make a memorial or tribute donation!

Memorial and tribute gifts are charitable contributions that support the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens and at the same time honor friends and family members.

  • Memorial gifts make a lasting tribute to the memory of family members and friends.
  • Tribute gifts recognize the contributions and talents of living persons or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, graduation or anniversary.


Major Gifts

Major gifts to the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens support the future of the gardens and its learning opportunities. Major gifts to the Michigan 4-H Foundation are also recognized by Michigan State University major gift clubs.

  • Sponsor an amphitheater seat — $1,000
    By sponsoring an amphitheater seat in Demonstration Plaza of the outdoor 4 H Children’s Garden you will help ensure that the amphitheater continues to be an exceptional place for educational demonstrations and presentations. Download the amphitheater seat sponsor form.
  • Sponsor an activity center — $2,500
    Discovery Carts and Wonder Totes provide teachers, families and other visitors even more access to education in the gardens. Be among the first to sponsor a year of garden education through a cart or set of five totes. Download the activity center sponsor form.
  • Other major gifts
    The impact of your donation will reach far into the future with a gift to:

    • Grow the Gardens Education Fund or the Gardens Renewal Fund.
    • Create a named endowment.
    • Sponsor a garden theme area.
    • Develop a garden educational programs, including technology-delivered curriculum and programs.

For more information about these and other major gifts to the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens, contact:

Michigan 4-H Foundation
Phone: (517) 353-6692