AMES, IA—The Iowa 4-H Foundation has begun its annual fundraising campaign to recruit new 4-H $400 and 4-H $1,000 donors for fall 2005 to support state programs for youth.
“This fundraising drive is critical for the statewide 4-H program. The Foundation provided over $1 million in support for 4-H programs last year, and we want to be able to help more young people in 2006,” said Executive Director Joe Leisz.
The campaign goal for the fall is $40,000 and the recruitment of 100 new members to the 4-H $400 and 4-H $1,000 donor clubs.
“For some farmers, it may be better to donate grain than cash this time of year. By reducing self-employment tax and increasing income tax savings, gifts of grain that are then sold by 4-H can save farmers as much as 49 percent of the donation amount,” said Albert Grunenwald, associate director of the Foundation.
Charitable donations to 4-H help provide scholarships for 4-H members attending a variety of activities: college, National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, livestock programs and judging contests, volunteer training programs, international exchanges and improvements for the Iowa 4-H Center at Madrid.
Support of the Foundation has helped keep 4-H strong across Iowa, reaching over 25 percent of the youth in the state, said Leisz.
Iowa 4-H Youth Development is a program of Iowa State University Extension. 4-H promotes leadership, citizenship and life skills.
For more information on how to support Iowa’s youth visit the Iowa 4-H Foundation Web site: http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org or call (515) 294-1537.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org