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We Make More Happen.

Illinois 4-H is empowering and preparing all Illinois youth for success by providing opportunities where they learn, practice, and demonstrate skills needed for home, career, and global citizenship. Whoever you are, whatever your interests or talents, 4-H is the place to help you channel your many gifts to set and achieve personal goals. Not everyone finds their way to 4-H through the same door. Some start by joining a 4-H club. Others are introduced to 4-H through an activity with another youth-serving organization, while others may start their 4-H journey through an experience at 4-H camp or one of a dozen other conferences. 

The Illinois 4-H Foundation and its donors believe that more youth should have a 4-H experience. We believe more youth of all backgrounds should have access to every learning pathway 4-H offers. We believe more youth, from farms and rural communities to cities and suburbs, should have experiences geared toward their community's culture. We believe 4-H mentors should have more resources to use. We believe 4-H changes lives. We exist to make more of the good stuff happen for Illinois youth.

Our History.

Since 1954, the Illinois 4-H Foundation has raised funds from individuals, corporations and organizations to supplement state and county 4-H programs.

Help us reach more.

  • Are you a former 4-H members who wants to give back to the organization that helped shape you into who you are today?
  • Are you a current and former 4-H leaders, volunteers, or parent support who has seen the positive youth development that 4-H provides?
  • Are you a corporations, business, trade association, orprofessional organization who wants to invest in a program that produces young people who are better prepared to be effective leaders, contributing citizens, value-added employees, and team members?
  • Are you planning your estate gifts and want to see your legacy make an impact for the next generation?

Our office works with all of our donors to maximize the impact their support makes on 4-H.

Our Affiliation to University of Illinois.

The 4-H Foundation is part of the Office of Advancement in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The University of Illinois Foundation processes all gifts to the Illinois 4-H Foundation and manages all our endowed funds.

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