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2013 Annual Report

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4-Her diggingThe Maine 4-H Foundation…
Supporting 4-H Memories and a Lasting Heritage


The Maine 4-H Foundation cultivates, promotes and secures financial resources to support the 4-H Youth Development program statewide. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension oversees the 4-H Youth Development program as part of the National Land Grant mission.

3 smiling 4-H'ers

Dear 4-H Community,

4-H is all about making a difference in the lives of young people across Maine. The University of Maine 4-H Youth Development program changes lives, inspires success, and encourages achievement. Supporting the statewide efforts of our volunteers and staff is the primary goal of the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and staff. We appreciate your support to 4-H now and in the future.

Carla Lafayette
President, Maine 4-H Foundation

In 2013 there were over 30,000 Maine youth engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, agriculture, healthy lifestyles, environmental conservation, clubs, leadership, entrepreneurship and service.

The Heart of 4-H is our youth! Here is what they have to say about 4-H in 2013!

  • “Thank you to 4-H for the amazing learning opportunities, life-long friends and awesome leadership opportunities.” – Simeon, 4-H Teen “4-H makes me think about what I need to do to help the environment.” — Nicole, 4-H Member
  • “I am more motivated and I take responsibility for my actions.” — Jen, 4-H Member

4-H makes a difference in every young life. A 2012-2013 evaluation study of the Maine 4-H STEM middle school program reported that:

  • 4-H'ers building robots89.6% of middle school youth agree that they are aware of the environmental impacts of their behavior
  • 88% agree or strongly agree that it is easier to see how science has meaning in real life when studying and learning outdoors

The advantages of 4-H participation also include higher educational achievement and higher motivation for future education.

  • 92.7% of 4-H STEM Maine students reported they plan to enroll in an educational program of higher education after they graduate from high school

Young people in 4-H:

  • Report better grades, higher levels of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school
  • Are nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college, and are more likely to pursue future courses or a career in science, engineering, or computer technology

Participants had this to say:

  • “I have changed my community for the better through service.” — Anthony, 14
  • “This program has provided so much — fantastic and all I could ask for.” — Josie, 13
  • “I love, love, love 4-H Camp. I loved learning outside — Rock on 4-H Camp!” — Alicia, 14

Maine 4-H Foundation Support in 2013

Maine 4-H Foundation program support helping young people to learn and raise their aspirations:

  • 4-Her with frogAwarded five higher education scholarships for Outstanding 4-H Members
  • Supported over 130 youth showing and demonstrating at the Eastern States exposition in beef, dairy, dog, horse, sheep, working steers, goat and in the New England Center Demonstration program
  • Awarded eight youth with scholarships to attend the National 4-H Conference and Congress
  • Supported over 30 youth attending Citizenship Washington Focus
  • Contributed to over 8000 young people having life-changing residential experiences at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, and Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Centers
  • Supported Maine 4-H Days for over 300 youth
  • Supported 58 youth attending 4-H at UMaine Days engaging youth in science, technology, engineering, math and more.

New for 2014 will be Science Messy Labs and a new Robotics Expo for our 4-H Youth!!

Distinguished Maine 4-H Foundation Impacts

  • The Maine 4-H Foundation raised over $100,000 to reach the “100th Year Celebration and Challenge”
  • The Maine 4-H Foundation initiated a new STEM endowment and a new camp scholarship fund in memory of dedicated Oxford County and Bryant Pond Learning Center volunteer Jackie Conant
  • The Maine 4-H Foundation has initiated a new Youth Trustees in Philanthropy project
  • The Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program raised over $150,000 in support of training and program expansion statewide
  • The Maine 4-H Foundation realized growth of over 9% in the endowment for FY 2013 in partnership with the University of Maine Foundation and other investment partners
  • The Maine 4-H Foundation has implemented a finance and investment team in partnership with the University of Maine Foundation, the Dexter Group, RBC and individual investment managers
  • The Maine 4-H Foundation is now helping individuals and families leave a legacy through bequests, estate planning, and retirement planning
4-H swimmers at dock 4-H staffer 4-Her with cows at fair

group of 4-Hers doing an outdoor activity“I see young people engaged in learning for the first time in their lives, it is the hands-on excitement and real life connection.” — Laurie, Teacher

“4-H makes a real difference, every young person should be in 4-H. It is awesome!” — Meryl, 4-H Volunteer

“I became a leader in agricultural education, an advocate for environmental conservation and a passionate volunteer. Thanks to 4-H, I am who I am.” — Sarah, 4-H Volunteer

“The 4-H program has really helped my son, he now has goals and aspirations.” — Oxford Hills MS Parent

Maine 4-H Foundation Financial Report

The Maine 4-H Foundation finance committee ensures the endowment holdings are invested with highly skilled and professional investment managers. The following investment profile for 2013 returned a strong yield and investment gain.

Maine 4-H Foundation Portfolio Investments and Values

December 2012 October 31, 2013
Tanglewood School 97,424.68 118,344.20
Tanglewood Fin. Aid 9,846.07 11,189.19
Oxton Trust  140,299.44  172,996.09
Oxford County 4-H and Scholarship Fund  107,275.87  129,584.40
Oxford County Afterschool  53,318.16  64,006.23
Maine 4-H Foundation  1,256,476.96  1,472,004.06
Farm Credit Scholarship  26,897.54  32,744.39
RBC Wealth Management (Azure Dillon & Chute Endowment)  85,848.24  92,963.59
UMaine Baird Fund  51,682.23  55,952.31
UMaine Humphrey Scholarship  11,849.31  12,596.36
UMaine Hutchinson Scholarship  16,108.37  17,641.18
UMaine 4-H Endowment  1,036,710.94  1,104,007.16
UMaine Wayne Rich Scholarship  18,990.46  20,556.06
2,912,728.27 3,304,584.70

* University of Maine Foundation distributions to the Maine 4-H Foundation prior to Sept 30, 2013 equaled $56,057.

Our Current 2013 Endowments

Endowment Funds:

  • 4-H Lafayette STEM Endowment
  • Azure Dillon Scholarship
  • Claude F. Clement Scholarship
  • Doris Dow Ladd Scholarship
  • Evelyn Trotzky Scholarship
  • Farm Credit/Gladys Conant Scholarship
  • Frederick E. Hutchinson 4-H Scholarship
  • Harold and Marion Chute Scholarship
  • Jackie Conant Scholarship Endowment (Bryant Pond)
  • Oxford County 4-H Endowment
  • Oxford County Afterschool MKA Endowment
  • Oxton Trust (Knox Lincoln)
  • Tanglewood School Endowment
  • Tanglewood Financial Aid Endowment
  • Theda Parker/K.C. Lovejoy Scholarship
  • Verna Church Witter Scholarship
  • Wayne S. Rich Scholarship

young 4-H'er wearing swim gogglesAs a donor to the Maine 4-H Foundation, you support a remarkable land-grant institution and the educational outreach through University of Maine Cooperative Extension programs. This past year the University of Maine received the nation’s highest overall performance rating for a land-grant university by the Education Trust. The 4-H Youth Development program works hard to bring the University of Maine educational research to young people across the state.

The Maine 4-H Foundation proudly supports the achievements of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in education, research and development. Through endowed scholarships and educational funds you help give 4-H members the gift of quality education and higher aspirations. You help them reach new and unexpected goals. Thank you for your support.

The 2013 Maine 4-H Foundation Board of Directors

  • 4-H'erwith show dog; photo by Edwin RemsbergCarla Lafayette, President, Hampden
  • Russell Osgood, Vice-President, Cape Neddick
  • John (Jay) Nutting, Secretary, Vassalboro
  • Lynn Gallagher, Treasurer, Gray
  • Andrew Bourgoin, Portland
  • Sean Cameron, South Rumford
  • Jeff Jones, South Paris
  • Our sincere gratitude to board members
  • who have completed their term in 2013.
  • Suzanne Grover, Norway
  • Linc Merrill, Yarmouth

Our Goal

The Maine 4-H Foundation professional staff and statewide Board of Directors are passionate about ensuring that 4-H supporters are able to direct their investment to what matters most to them, whether it is demonstrating that we are developing a science-literate workforce, ensuring that 4-H youth commit to living healthy and active lives, protecting their environment or by creating a movement of civically aware youth engaged in their communities. As the official private support group of the University of Maine 4-H Youth Development Program, the Maine 4-H Foundation generates investment in young people who are addressing the big issues facing Maine today. The Maine 4-H Foundation will ensure that support from donors will follow their heart and passions while contributing to our youth programming.

Our Role

The Maine 4-H Foundation raises funds from private sources to support the mission of the 4-H program: To educate and empower Maine youth through hands-on and community-based experiences, and ensure that Maine youth acquire the knowledge, life skills, leadership abilities and attitudes to help them succeed now and in the future through effective collaborations, hands-on experiential education and self-directed learning.

How to Give

The Maine 4-H Foundation welcomes gifts of cash, property, investments, securities, life insurance, retirement plan assets, and bequests. We are very willing to meet with individuals who would like to support 4-H through any of our giving options. Please feel free to contact Susan Jennings, Executive Director of the Maine 4-H Foundation.

Maine 4-H Foundation
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 310
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)

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