Wyoming county 4-H programs received nearly $188,000 from the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation this year.
The foundation also provided nearly $25,000 in awards during state contests.
"The 4-H program offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for young people in Wyoming," notes Steve Mack, Wyoming State 4-H Foundation director. "The more that youth are engaged and participate in those opportunities, the more likely that youth from their county 4-H program are receiving benefits from donations to the foundation."
During the last fiscal year, the foundation supported youth programs including judging of meat, wool, horses, and other livestock. The program also provided funding for the UW Showcase Showdown, shooting sports and the state leadership team.
The Wyoming State 4-H Foundation is a non-profit corporation and is the only official state organization sanctioned to support 4-H youth programs and education.
"It's all about the young people and being involved not only on a county basis but also that they take advantage of the opportunities Wyoming 4-H has on the state level," says Mack.
The foundation is connected to the University of Wyoming through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and UW Extension Service.
Wyoming 4-H also receives funding from local, state and federal taxes, as well as via private donations through the foundation.
State and federal tax funds are used to help pay staff salaries and to provide educational materials. County funding supports the operation of local extension offices.
The foundation, a 501-C-3 non-profit, works with a volunteer board of directors of 10-15 members. The board is made up of individuals from several professional and social groups.
The foundation is also a public relations arm of the state 4-H, soliciting donations and volunteers throughout the year.
Donors contribute cash, gifts, stocks/bonds, real property and in-kind gifts.
Wyoming 4-H Foundation uses two types of donor funds: program accounts to pay for educational events, camps or contests, and an endowment program which earns interest.