WHO WE ARE
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-H’ers to participate in various programming opportunities.
Today the Foundation provides over $75,000 each year to deserving 4-H’ers in five targeted programming areas: Awards, Trips and Scholarships; Camping Programs; Leadership and Program Development; Project Specific Support; and 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-H’ers. 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-H’ers, 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, allocate funds received to deserving Delaware 4-H’ers, 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.
Board of Directors
DE State Housing Authority
Jennifer Crouse Hood, Ed.D.
George Washington University Hospital
Owner, Liberty Grill Catering
State of DE, Dept. of Justice
Perdue Agribusiness Grain, LLC
Sussex Conservation District
Food Bank of Delaware
Renascentia Hall, LLC
MidAtlantic Farm Credit
University of Delaware
State 4-H Program Leader
Delaware State University
4-H Program Leader
Dr. Michelle Rodgers
University of Delaware
Director of Extension
The Delaware 4-H Foundation promotes and expands positive youth development opportunities throughout the state. We work with individuals, groups, and businesses to provide financial and in-kind support for youth programs. Our long-term relationships ensure the continued growth and success of Delaware 4-H programs.
The National 4-H Council tells us that 4-H Grows True Leaders! This is a wonderfully succinct statement based on empirical research, but let’s add a fifth word to this true statement:
DELAWARE 4-H Grows True Leaders!
We need them: True leaders to assure our future. Leaders who are compassionate, organized, inquisitive, determined. Leaders who learn by doing and learn to listen as well as speak. Young people involved in 4-H continue to be four times more committed to improving their communities when compared with youth who do not participate in 4-H. They are twice as likely to make healthier choices. Delaware 4-H programs continue to build our leaders of tomorrow through programs that support: Healthy Lifestyles, Citizenship and Leadership, and Science, Engineering, Technology, Math
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-H’ers to participate in various programming opportunities. Today the Foundation provides over $75,000 each year to deserving 4-H’ers in five targeted programming areas:
- Awards, Trips and Scholarships
- Camping Programs
- Leadership and Program Development
- Project Specific Support
- Supporting Services.
Simply put, the mission of the Foundation is to enhance and expand educational opportunities for Delaware’s 4-H’ers.
But we cannot do any of this without you, our donors to the Delaware 4-H Foundation. Through the generosity of our donors and continued growth of our endowments, the Delaware 4-H Foundation continues to support and sustain our target areas.
Making a difference is what your donation dollars do! Through your continued generous support, we will journey forward and grow the Delaware 4-H story as we Make the Best Better!!
With sincerest thanks,
Susan Eliason, President,
Delaware 4-H Foundation