What is a county 4-H Endowment? 
 
County 4-H endowments are permanent funds made possible through individual donations, businesses, corporate contributions, and fund raising events.
 
The principal is invested permanently though the Ohio 4-H Foundation to generate the maximum interest possible. The interest income returns to the county to fund local 4-H youth development education programs, and adds value to the county endowment to keep pace with inflation.
 
Does Marion County have a 4-H Endowment Fund? 
 
Yes. Our 4-H Endowment was officially recognized by The Ohio State University Development Fund in 1992 upon reaching a goal of $15,000. Many local individuals deserve credit for their time and money spent to realize this goal.
 
Is a gift to the Marion County Endowment fund recognized as a gift to The Ohio State University? 
 
Yes. Contributions are sent to the State 4-H Office earmarked for the Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund and deposited with the Ohio 4-H Foundation which is a part of the university's development fund.
 
Why is it necessary to have a county 4-H Endowment? 
 
County, state and federal budgets are very restricted, and usually cannot be stretched to provide more than the basic necessities. Interest income from county endowments can supplement these budgets in addition to annual contributions to help assist with:
  • awards for youth and adult volunteers
  •  providing added incentives
  •  development of new programs
  •  youth and volunteer education
  •  scholarships
  •  purchasing of program materials
Who manages the interest earned at the county level? 
 
Monies generated through earned interest is handled by Marion County 4-H Advisory Council. These individuals have a concern for the local 4-H program.
 
Is my gift tax deductible?
 
Yes.  The Ohio 4-H Foundation and Marion County Endowment is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation. Consult your accountant or tax attorney for specific guidance on your gift.
 
You Can Help! 
 
Contributions to The Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund may be made in several ways:
  • Current Gifts
  • Planned Gifts
  • Cash
  • Life InsuranceThank You Puppy
  • Property
  • Bequests
  • Gifts-in-kind
  • Charitable trusts
  • Securities
  • Memorials
  • Corporate matching gifts
Who should I contact if I have further questions? 
 
Ohio State University Extension, Marion County 
222 W. Center Street 
Marion, Ohio  43302
 
Telephone:  (740) 223-4040 
Fax:  (740) 223-4049 
 
Checks can be made payable to: Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund
 
 The 4-H Pledge 
I pledge 
My head to clearer thinking, 
My heart to greater loyalty, 
My hands to larger service and 
My health to better living, for 
My Club, My Community, My Country and My World.
 
The 4-H Motto : To Make the Best Better"