The Delaware 4-H Foundation was created in 1978 to provide a way for benefactors to support the Delaware 4-H Program with cash and in-kind gifts that enable 4-Hers to participate in various programming opportunities. Today, the Foundation provides over $75,000 each year to deserving 4-Hers in five targeted programming areas: (1) Awards, Trips, & Scholarships; (2) Camping Programs; (3) Leadership and Program Development; (4) Project Specific Support and (5) Supporting Services. The latter is where the Foundation maintains a fund to support general operations and special requests on an as needed, as available basis.
Simply put, the mission of the Foundation is to enhance and expand educational opportunities for Delaware’s 4-Hers. Private donations from businesses, earnings from investments and grants from non-profit agencies are solicited in the above five target areas. Funds received in each of these areas are used by the Foundation to provide ongoing access to existing and new programs for Delaware 4-Hers, often in areas that were historically funded by corporate donors who no longer provide national and regional support for 4-H activities.
For those who have served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, the work of the Foundation is fairly clear. We secure the support in targeted areas and allocate funds received to deserving Delaware 4-Hers and fund special program needs that are not otherwise supported. But it goes deeper than that. The Foundation continually works to build relationships with individuals and businesses who are willing to commit to long-term support, as well as those who might step up when special opportunities and unanticipated needs arise.
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