From the Iowa 4-H Foundation
AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H members across the state participated in the 4-H’ers for 4-H Campaign, the longest-running, largest fundraising campaign conducted by 4-H members for 4-H members. The campaign raised $24,063.27 to support Iowa 4-H youth programs and activities. All funds from the campaign help families across the state by providing financial assistance for program fees and for youth to attend 4-H camps, intermediate trips and state events such as the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
At the direction of the 2012-2013 4-H State Council, 356 4-H clubs representing 79 counties participated in this year’s campaign. On Wednesday, June 26, at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, Jan Ryherd and Natalie Lord, State 4-H Council finance co-chairs, presented this year’s check along with awards for top county per member, most improved county giving, top county and top area to Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees President Deb Pullin-Van Auken and Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director Kris Fish-Kuhlmann.
The campaign challenge was $2.50 per member, but his year’s top counties raised more than $4 per member. The 2013 top county per member award went to Wright County with $4.98 per member, with Webster County in second at $4.48 per member and Worth County in third with $4.26 per member.
The most improved giving county award is given to counties that increase their contributions by the highest percentage over the previous year. In first place was O’Brien County with 680 percent, Delaware with 445 percent for second and Fremont County in third with a 167 percent increase.
The top county award is presented to the county that raises the most dollars, and this year’s top county, Johnson County, raised $1,610.00, the fifth highest county total in campaign history. Webster County came in second with $1,434.62 and third place went to Polk County, which raised $1,123.50 for the 2013 campaign.
The Central Area took home first place for the second year in a row and won by just $195 with $6,283. The following is the breakdown for the four other 4-H Areas: