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Congratulations Traverse County 4-H!

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is excited to announce the creation of a new county 4-H endowment for Traverse County. Thirty-four donors contributed over $10,000 to make the Traverse County 4-H Endowment a reality. An anonymous donor enthusiastically gave a $5,000 gift in memory of family members who believed in 4-H and knew what a strong 4-H program brings to the community.

A team of youth and adult volunteers--led by Melissa Persing, Traverse County's 4-H Program Director-- wrote letters, visited with civic groups, wrote thank you message and got local donors excited about this opportunity.

As part of the local 4-H Federation, Traverse County youth will have opportunities to make decisions in partnership with adults about how funds generated through the new endowment will be used to benefit young people in their community. The Federation hopes to use these funds to increase learning about the science behind projects local 4-H'ers are engaged in--whether that be animals, garden vegetables, robotics, photography or other popular 4-H projects.

"Having a quasi-endowment with the Minnesota 4-H Foundation adds a level of financial security to our 4-H program," says Melissa. With an eye towards the future, the volunteer group that worked to start the endowment is looking for ways to engage additional donors and is considering a grain-giving drive for the upcoming harvest season.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Traverse County 4-H Endowment, or learn about establishing a 4-H endowment in your county, give me a call. I'd love to help you!

By Brad Starbuck / 320-441-9499
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