Missouri 4-H Endowments

You can establish an endowment at the Missouri 4-H Foundation to provide support for a Missouri 4-H Youth Development program, a post-secondary scholarship, or an unrestricted fund to support the greatest needs of Missouri 4-H as they arise. Endowment funds ensure that generations of Missouri 4-H youth will have the opportunity to experience positive youth development.

Only part of your investment return is used each year, because of the long-term nature of an endowment. The remaining amount is reinvested in the principal to offset the effects of inflation and allow the fund to perpetuate well beyond the donor's lifetime.

You can be assured that your investment in Missouri’s youth will be appropriately stewarded. The Foundation practices sound fiscal management and oversight of endowment funds is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation staff and Board of Trustees.

Missouri 4-H Foundation endowment overview

  • Program fund minimum investment: $25,000
  • Unrestricted fund minimum investment: $10,000
  • Post-secondary scholarship minimum investment: $20,000
  • Endowments can be named in memory of or in tribute to individuals.
  • All endowments are created through agreements with the donor.
  • All endowments are managed according to the guidelines set by Missouri 4-H Foundation fiscal policy.

Please contact the Missouri 4-H Foundation at 573-882-2680, or Missouri toll free 800-642-8041 to establish an endowment fund today.

Program endowments

Endowing a program strengthens its viability now and in the future, and allows you to give back to a cherished program that has made a difference for you or someone you know. With a gift of $25,000 you can establish an endowment at the Missouri 4-H Foundation to provide support for a Missouri 4-H Youth Development program, and ensure the high-quality programming that is the standard of Missouri 4-H for generations to come.

Unrestricted endowments

Unrestricted endowments can be established with a gift of $10,000. Unrestricted endowments are important because they provide flexible support for meeting the Missouri 4-H Youth Development program’s greatest needs as they arise. Examples of unrestricted fund use include educational scholarships, volunteer leadership training, curriculum for 4-H clubs, supplies and materials for youth meetings and events and professional development opportunities.

Scholarship endowments

Scholarships are often the determining factor in a young person’s access to education. Donors who wish to provide post-secondary educational opportunities to current and former Missouri 4-H members may endow a scholarship with a minimum gift of $20,000.

Kids Helping Kids endowment fund

Difficult times and disasters can affect everyone. When times are at their worst, it is nice to know that someone cares and wants to offer help. Kids Helping Kids is a program devoted to helping Missouri 4-H families.

Kids Helping Kids provides financial grants to 4-H members and their families who have been affected by natural disasters, medical emergencies or fires. The fund consists of contributions from 4-H members, clubs, families, volunteers and alumni in Missouri.

Coordinated by the Missouri State 4-H Council and the Missouri 4-H Foundation, the fund was established after the flood of 1993. The money was used to provide much needed relief to families affected by the flood. In 1996, the scope of the fund was broadened to include family emergencies.

To make a donation by check, please complete and return the Kids Helping Kids Gift Form (PDF).

To make a donation by credit card, add "Kids Helping Kids" in the "Comments" section.