What We Fund
The Indiana 4-H Foundation has become a reliable source of support for several signature programs and resources for Indiana 4-H Youth Development. Annually, these “funding requests” total more than $100,000. Becoming a sponsor of a signature program, event, or resource can provide your organization with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of 4-H youth and communities across the state. Additionally, your company will earn recognition for its generosity and a reputation for investing in the present and future generations of Hoosier youth.
The below list of sponsorship opportunities is by no means exhaustive. If your company or organization has a particular business objective or model that aligns well with an aspect of 4-H, we’d be happy to work with you to make sure that your giving preferences are honored and that your gift makes a difference. Contact Liz Ellis to start a sponsorship discussion today.
Sponsorship Opportunities :: $1,000 – $4,999
4-H Roundup Scholarships
Roundup is for many 4-H youth grades 7-9, a first experience on a college campus. Youth stay in dorms and attend career exploration sessions hosted by faculty and staff on the Purdue campus. Primary focus: career awareness and building the support network. Generously sponsored in 2013 by Ceres Solutions and Co-Alliance.
Key Club Awards
Key Club Awards are awarded to 10-year 4-H members to recognize success in the program and longevity. Awards are sent to county Extension 4-H Educators (packaged and distributed at State Fair time) for fall recognition programs. Approximately 150 awards are distributed annually. Generously sponsored for 2010 through 2015 by Halderman Farm Management and Real Estate Services.
National 4-H Conference
Conducted at the National 4-H Center, this trip has been credited as life-altering experience for many past 4-H Youth delegates. At the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture, delegates assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. Seeking sponsor to cover travel and registration expenses of two delegates.
Sponsorship Opportunities :: $5,000 – $9,999
4-H Roundup Speaker
The keynote speaker kicks off the 3-day youth event and also conducts workshops for youth participants. This is a youth focused speaker that attempts to motivate youth to set goals for themselves, make healthy lifestyles choices, to give back to their community, and relate to their everyday lives. The sponsorship cost covers speaker fees and travel.
Adult 4-H Volunteer Recognition
Adult 4-H Volunteers are recognized at the Indiana State Fair Volunteer Day for years of service at five-year intervals, starting at 20 years. Expenses included in the 4-H Foundation request are the recognition luncheon for the tenured volunteers, awards for the tenured volunteers, supplies for registration, postage to correspond with the volunteers, and other miscellaneous supplies. Generously sponsored in 2013 by Beck’s Hybrids and Reynold’s Farm Equipment.
Sponsorship Opportunities :: $10,000 – $20,000
4-H Volunteer Playbook
The Volunteer Development Committee is proposing the development of a playbook that would help guide 4-H Volunteers as they fulfill their roles with 4-H members. Extension Educators would also benefit from the information in this book as they work with their volunteers and provide training for them on an annual basis. The playbook would be available as an online resource from the State 4-H Web site.
Indiana 4-H Leadership Congress Scholarship Luncheon
The Indiana 4-H Foundation’s signature event provides opportunities to develop 4-H members’ leadership, personal, and group skills and to recognize members’ accomplishments. Leadership training sessions are held in the morning and afternoon for 4-H members in grades 8-12. Lunch is a celebration of the 4-H Accomplishment Scholarship winners and their sponsors. These funds are utilized for the educational leadership program sessions, keynote and session speakers, and to cover expenses associated with the State 4-H Jr. Leader Council who serve as hosts and hostesses for the event. Generously sponsored for 2013 by Countrymark, Ice Miller LLP, Ceres Solutions, Co-Alliance, Harvestland Co-Op, North Central Co-Op.
Indiana 4-H Youth Development Leadership Academy materials
A design team of 4-H Educators would review existing youth leadership academies, identify best practices, and assemble a recommended set of resource materials and guidelines that would enable counties to establish their own youth leadership academy. A set of online resources would be developed and placed on the State 4-H Web site by the design team.
Jr. Leader Advisor Resource Guide
A design team of 4-H Educators would review and revise existing resource guide that is used to assist Jr. Leader Advisors in their roles of working with Jr. Leaders. The goal is to place the resource on the State 4-H Web site as an online resource.
State 4-H Jr. Leader Conference
This conference for 4-H Junior Leaders in grades 9-12 is held annually at the University of Indianapolis in June. The 16-member State 4-H Jr. Leader Council plans and implements the conference for their peers. Council members are chosen by delegates to the prior year’s conference. Over the course of the year, the Council meets for three weekends to develop their plans for the conference. Expenses included in the 4-H Foundation request are Jr. Leader Council member lodging, meals, conference speakers and consultants; insurance; and conference session supplies. Generously sponsored for 2013 by Dow Agroscience.
New 4-H Volunteer Orientation
The Volunteer Development Committee is in the process of developing orientation modules designed for use by new 4-H volunteers. These modules will provide a basic overview of the 4-H program and youth development principles. This information will provide the new volunteers with the information they need to begin their work as a 4-H volunteer in the program. Once the materials are developed, they will be converted to online interactive modules for the volunteers to access from the State 4-H Web site.
Senior Year Post-Secondary Scholarships
A sponsorship for this category would allow the Foundation to increase from 40 to 50 annual Indiana 4-H Foundation scholarship awards. Sponsorship would also cover expenses for the highly competitive scholarship judging process. Generously Sponsored in 2011 by: Area 5 Horse & Pony, Catherine L. Boerste, The Brave Heart Foundation, Randy Brown, A. D. Carpenter, Marcia Carpenter, Carroll County 4-H Exhibit Association, Cheaper By The Dozen, Cloverleaf 4-H Club, Crystal Springs Grain, LLC, Steven E. Decker, Dubois County 4-H Council, Inc., Dubois County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Elkhart County 4-H Club Corporation, Fayette County 4-H Council, Floyd County 4-H Corporation, Inc., Four-H Club Corp., Fulton County 4-H Council, Inc., Fulton County REMC, Gibson County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Hancock County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Harrison County 4-H Council, Inc., Hendricks County Antique Tractor & Machinery Association, Henry County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Hoosier Energy R.E.C., Inc., Howard County 4-H Exhibit Association Inc., Huntington County 4-H Fair Association, Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Jackson County 4-H Club Committee, Inc., Jackson County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Jackson County Extension Office – 4-H Auction Committee, Jasper County 4-H Club Council, Inc., Jasper County 4-H Club Council, Inc., Jasper County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Johnson County 4-H Council, Inc., Johnson County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Knox County 4-H Appropriation, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc., La-Co Industries, Inc., LaGrange County 4-H Swine Club, LaGrange County Jr. Leaders, Lake County 4-H Club Committee, Inc., Lake County 4-H Club Committee, Inc., LaPorte County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Loyal Neighbors EHC, Marshall County 4-H Council, Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Mike McKinney, Monroe County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Montgomery County 4-H Club Jr. Leaders, Montgomery County Boys & Girls 4-H Club, Jon R. Neufelder, Newton County 4-H Council, Orange County 4-H Council, Parke County 4-H Adult Leaders, Parke County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Mabel Paul, Porter County 4-H Council, Inc., Posey County Jr. Leaders 4-H, Posey County 4-H Council, Purdue CES Area 7 Fund, Purdue CES Area VIII 4-H Youth Fund, Putnam County 4-H Club Jr. Leaders, Spencer County 4-H Club Assn. Inc., St. Joseph County 4-H Boosters, St. Joseph County 4-H Fair, Inc., St. Joseph County 4-H Fair, Inc., Starke County 4-H Council, Starke County 4-H Fair Board, Vanderburgh County 4-H Council, Inc., Vanderburgh County 4-H Leaders Organization, Vermillion County 4-H Club Fund, Wabash County 4-H Council, Harriet B. Warren, Warren County 4-H Council, Warren County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Warrick 4-H Council, Warrick County 4-H Clubs, Warrick County Jr. Leaders, Wells County 4-H Association, Inc., Wells County 4-H Foundation, Inc., Wells County 4-H Jr. Leaders, and White County 4-H Jr. Leaders.
Sponsorship Opportunities :: $25,000+
Indiana 4-H Foundation Day at the Indiana State Fair
Sponsoring an Indiana 4-H Foundation day at the Indiana State Fair is an excellent opportunity to associate your positive brand with the power of the 4-H clover at Indiana’s largest attraction. The sponsorship would include recognition in the official State Fair program, signage around the fairgrounds, promotion on this website, public address announcements on the fairgrounds, t-shirts for fairground workers at the gates, and more.