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.

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Board of Directors

Officers

President
Dr. Jen Crouse Hood, Ed.D.        George Washington Univ. Hospital

Vice President
Carolann Wicks                            CDW Consulting, President 

Secretary
Amy West
Owner, Liberty Grill Catering

Board Members

Edward Black
State of DE, Dept. of Justice

Tim Frump
Perdue Agribusiness Grain, LLC

Chelsea Hudson
Sussex Conservation District

Hunter Murray
Perdue Farms

Brian Raughley 
Dead President’s Restaurant 

Chad Robinson
Food Bank of Delaware

Clarice Kwasnieski
Right Path Student Services

Krista Wing
Woodbridge School District

Elaine Webb                                 State of Delaware, DNREC 

Richard Melson

Ex-Officio Members

Treasurer
Charmayne Busker
MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Retired

Douglas Crouse 
University of Delaware
State 4-H Program Leader

Harry Thayer
Delaware State University 
4-H Program Leader

Dr. Michelle Rodgers
University of Delaware  
Director of Extension 

Susan Eliason                              Delaware State Housing Authority

Mission Statement

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.

President's Message

Dear Friends of 4-H,

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!”

 

Our country, even more so in light of recent events needs leaders. We need to cultivate leaders to

assure our future. Leaders who are compassionate, organized, inquisitive, and determined. Leaders who

learn by doing and learn to listen, as well as speak up when they notice something is not right.

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, and

math.

The only way that this programming is possible is through funds to support these activities. 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 main

targeted programming areas:

● Awards, Trips, and Scholarships

● Camp 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.

This cannot be accomplished without our generous donors who commit to financially supporting the

efforts of 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,

Dr. Jennifer Crouse Hood, Ed.D.

President, Delaware 4-H Foundation