August 21, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iowa 4-H Foundation Raises Over $1,600 for County Endowment Funds
Fairgoers give spare change to Iowa 4-H Foundation’s first Iowa State Fair Coin Wars
AMES, Iowa – “Nothing Compares” to a friendly competition… especially at the 2013 Iowa State Fair! Iowa 4-H supporters from across the state and the nation stopped by the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building to donate their spare change to support the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s campaign to raise money for the County Endowments across the state. “The Iowa 4-H Foundation is committed to dedicating time, talents, and new exciting ways to fundraise for County Endowments,” Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Kris Fish Kuhlmann said. “It is one of the many services we provide to County 4-H Endowments, which help fund Iowa 4-H’ers directly in their county.”
The five day campaign from August 8 through August 12 challenged five 4-H areas in Iowa to compete for bragging rights and raising money for their County Endowments. The winning area was determined by a point system described on the Foundation’s Blog. The Northeast Area, which includes regions 3, 4, 9 and 11, took home the jackpot of $1,655.61. The winnings will be distributed evenly to the 15 counties with County Endowment Funds within that area. These counties include: Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Howard, Jackson, Winneshiek and Worth.
County Endowments are established with an initial gift of $1,000 or more, then grown over time. These temporarily restricted funds are invested, like other endowments, to provide long-term support of local 4-H programs. This support includes covering cost for the Iowa 4-H Program fee, transportation costs to State Conference, Iowa 4-H Center (Camp) scholarships, 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Trip, and funding for locally-centric needs (such as 4-H youth building renovation/construction as well as regional trips or offerings). “Our mission is to provide financial resources for Iowa’s youth to reach their full potential through the 4-H program… there’s nothing like observing those who benefit take part in helping us ‘make the best better!’ concludes Fish Kuhlmann.
To learn more about how endowments and donations positively impact youth of Iowa and secure the future of 4-H programming, please contact the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides the private financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. These opportunities help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors.