Missouri 4-H Foundation
109 Whitten Hall
Columbia MO 65211
Mission Statement
The Missouri 4-H Foundation maximizes 4-H youth development through resource acquisition and management.
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Dr. Marla Tobin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1949
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Missouri 4-H Foundation maximizes 4-H youth development through resource acquisition and management.
Background Statement
In October, 1949, a group of 4-H Club supporters established the Missouri 4-H Foundation as a non-profit organization. Their mission was to “best meet the needs and advance the interests of 4-H Club and older youth work throughout the state.” 
As an independent organization separate from University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri 4-H Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an elected board of trustees. We are grateful to our supporters for making so much possible.
Impact Statement
  1. Increased unrestricted revenue by 13% and program revenue by 5% over the previous fiscal year.
  2. Awarded 62 scholarships totaling $58,050 to 4-H members throughout Missouri.
  3. Finalized MOU formalizing the relationship between the Missouri 4-H Foundation and MU Extension and Engagement.
  1. Secure permanent support through the establishment of endowments for programs with greatest financial needs.
  2. Secure unrestricted major gifts and leadership annual gifts.
  3. Secure estate gifts that will perpetually sustain Missouri 4-H.
Needs Statement
  1. Continued annual support from individual donors.
  2. An endowed fund to provide long-term support for Youth Futures: College Within Reach.
  3. An endowed fund to provide long-term support for FilmFest 4-H.
  4. An endowed fund to provide support for Missouri 4-H Outdoor Education programming and position.
  5. An unrestricted endowed fund to support key 4-H programs and positions. 
Service Categories
Youth Development-Agricultural
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Buchanan
MO - Caldwell
MO - Cass County
MO - Clay County
MO - Clinton
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Lafayette
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Recent successes include securing permanent funding via a planned gift for a key 4-H state level program, and annual funding to support a science education position. Challenges include a lack of alumni in the Missouri 4-H database. Missouri 4-H has not historically tracked their alumni, from whom we would most likely receive ongoing and/or significant support. The Foundation has been building its database in recent years with available, but limited, information, much of which will require research to determine whether individuals are alumni and/or if they are prospects for support. As an organization that provides financial support for programs, youths and volunteers on a statewide basis, an ongoing challenge is that many foundations and corporations limit their financial support to the geographical areas where their employees live and work, and to the national level. Support to 4-H at the state level has been rapidly declining.
Description The “4-H Youth Futures—College Within Reach” initiative addresses barriers to educational attainment for urban, low-income youth in the Kansas City area by promoting access to college. Begun in 2002, this college orientation program targets secondary students who are less likely to attend college (ethnic, minority or first-generation students), and assists with enrollment and success in college.
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Program participants say they increase their knowledge of:
  • Financial aid, college tuition, scholarships
  • Cost of college, study tactics, ACT and SAT scores
  • FASFA, student loans, and how to obtain scholarships
  • Things that would be helpful in interviews, how to plan ahead for college, and what to do in high school for college
  • You can't give up, hang with the right people, be confident
  • How to get on my own, and take care of my responsibilities and work hard
Long-Term Success Youth Futures promotes college as an obtainable goal for high school youth who typically are not encouraged to attend college, including ethnic or racial minority and first-generation students. The program goal is to increase college access and retention for under-represented urban youth.
Program Success Monitored By
The program collects longitudinal data, tracking alumni outcomes after program participation. This data is then compared to the general population, to measure program effectiveness.
Program staff also conducts focus groups with participants after they complete the program. This qualitative data is used for year to year program improvements.
Examples of Program Success Participants reported that they learned what they need to do to go to college (96%), where to find financial assistance for college (86%), and who to consult for help regarding college (94%). In addition, 97% of youth said that they now have a better understanding of college.
Description A national film festival for youth ages 11-18, which includes screenings and workshops led by current film industry professionals.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Past attendees have expressed great satisfaction with new skills and knowledge gained, increased enthusiasm for the topics covered, and increased productivity with regards to visual arts communication.
Long-Term Success To expand filmmaking as a viable 4-H avenue for life skill development, and helping youth to become producers – not just consumers – of digital media.
Program Success Monitored By Program evaluations (self-report, short answers, and ratings on a 5-point Likert scale), % of returnees, and participation in similar opportunities (i.e., Voices of 4-H History).
Examples of Program Success
“The workshops were well-presented and in-depth. [...] The overall ‘FilmFest experience’ was wonderful. Length of the event was just right. I liked the casual, small group feel. I did not expect so many great things included in the low admission cost. The festival was very encouraging and provided good information.”
— Benjamin, Tennessee 4-H’er
“What I found most valuable to me as a Volunteer was networking with people, the guest speakers that were phenomenal, and everything else we were exposed to. What I’m planning on doing with the information I’ve learned at the film festival is to take it back to my community and utilize the information in my classroom, where I teach art.”
—Sue, Wisconsin 4-H Volunteer
“If a young person wants to explore a career in the film industry, meet people who work on projects they recognize, learn how the industry works and ask lots of questions, what better venue is there than a film festival?”
—4-H Educator Amy Rhodes, Salisbury, MD
Description The dairy program teaches management and care of dairy cattle and introduces career opportunities available in the dairy industry. Through this program, 4-H youths gain knowledge and skills in the proper care, selection and marketing of dairy cattle.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Exhibitions & Shows
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
• Increase dairy knowledge and skills
• Gain skills in calf management
• Recognize proper management of dairy cattle
• Enhance showmanship skills
• Understand the value of dairy products and marketing them
Long-Term Success
Dairy Judging participants will develop skills in communication, public speaking, and decision making. Participants will increase their knowledge of agriculture and the dairy industry, and learn about professional and career opportunities.
Program Success Monitored By
An alumni survey was sent in 2013 to program participants (1971-2012). The survey asked alumni how the Dairy Judging program impacted their life skill development and economic value of the program. Respondents strongly agreed the judging team experience enhanced their skills in communication (80%), public speaking (80%), and presentation (78%). Respondents also indicated the judging team experience was valuable or highly valuable in introducing them to opportunities in agriculture (98%), the dairy industry (98%), educationally (100%), and professionally (98%). Ninety-two percent indicated judging team experience would be a positive factor to them on a potential employee's resume. Eighty-four percent currently use their evaluation and decision making skills both professionally and personally. One hundred percent of respondents indicated judging activity benefits outweigh the costs associated with them. 
Examples of Program Success
The recently completed Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Camp focused on developing skills attendees will use throughout their lives.
According to Karla Deaver, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, [...] 4-H and FFA judging opportunities help children develop skills in communication, and decision-making, while helping them increase their self-confidence.
The [...] camp, held July 20-22, was held in Springfield. Each day, campers visited local farms and judged classes of cattle. Evenings were spent practicing oral reasons, and meeting with judging team alumni working on individual skill development.
Seventeen youth ages 10-17 attended the camp. Those in attendance increased their class placing and oral reason scores an average of 4 points each per class from the first day to the final day of the camp. Those who attended the camp and compete at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest on August 22 in Sedalia will have their scores compared to those who did not attend the camp.
Missouri 4-H presents youth entrepreneurship program through two programs. Show Me 4-H Wares is an annual competition held at the Missouri State Fair for youths 11 to 18. At the Fair, youth get the opportunity to directly market their handmade products to thousands of fair-goers. Youth are running a real business. They keep all the profits they earn, and they pay sales taxes to the state. Youth apply to become exhibitors. If they are selected, they are coached by mentors, and go through an orientation before they meet customers. They also receive educational materials that guide them on making sales displays, setting price points, and understanding their customer. Build-a-Business Camp is an annual statewide youth entrepreneurship camping experience. Youth engage in hands-on, real world experience in creating and implementing a microbusiness idea, while being mentored by MU faculty and Mid-Missouri business leaders.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Business
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Youth who participate in Missouri 4-H entrepreneurship programs will experience immediate and measurable increase in their own self-confidence, and in the use of life skills.
Long-Term Success Youth who participate in Missouri 4-H entrepreneurship programming will develop the confidence that they can bring their own business ideas to fruition. They will also develop social skills that will allow them to interact with and sell directly to consumers, and speak to how they and their ideas are unique and valuable.
Program Success Monitored By Participants in both Show Me 4-H Wares and Build-a-Business Camp take before and after surveys that demonstrate the impact of the programs on multiple dimensions of youth development.
Examples of Program Success After a recent Show Me 4-H Wares competition, participants were asked if they regularly practice skills in a variety of life skills. These include decision-making, resource efficiency, communication, tolerance of differences, marketable skills, and self-responsibility. Affirmative responses for each increased by the following percentages: +25%, +14%, +20%, +8%, +14%, +10%.
CEO Comments Locating and tracking 4-H alumni continues to be our greatest challenge. Opportunities exist in current and future partnerships with University of Missouri Extension and other organizations. We also foresee increasing major gifts opportunities through our continued prospect research and cultivation efforts.
Executive Director/CEO
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Coordinator of Constituent Communications
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Marla Tobin
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Board Members
Mr. Lynn K. Ballew Ballew Law Firm
Ms. Breanne Brammer
Mrs. Kelli Jo Buettner FCS Financial
Mr. Morris Burger Burger's Smokehouse
Mr. Darrell Dryer
Mrs. Joan Fahrmeier
Mr. Mark Goth Monsanto
Mr. Wes Hentges
Dr. Robert E. Hertzog DVMLee's Summit Animal Hospital
Mrs. Joan Hickman Retired
Mr. Robert Idel FCS Financial
Mr. Kyle Kerns
Mr. Doug Kueker
Mr. Dale R. Ludwig Consultant
Mr. Brock M. Lutz Retired
Mr. Earl Niemeyer
Mr. Don Nikodim Missouri Pork Association
Mrs. Diane Olson Missouri Farm Bureau
Mr. John M. Raines Monsanto
Dr. Linda J. Scorse DVMCornerstone Animal Hospital
Mr. Marshall Stewart
Dr. Marla J. Tobin MDAetna
Mr. Leroy Van Dyke Entertainer
Mrs. Mindy Ward Missouri Ruralist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 7%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $919,583
Projected Expenses $919,583
Endowment Value $6,500,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/Corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$334,780$339,349$0
Individual Contributions$0----
Investment Income, Net of Losses$84,354$374,198$383,606
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$672,677$735,912$538,320
Administration Expense$125,725$129,798$115,784
Fundraising Expense$149,847$148,917$135,863
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.281.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%73%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%25%32%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,653,781$6,759,861$6,517,198
Current Assets$294,961$271,296$192,906
Long-Term Liabilities$8,029$10,385$11,683
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$6,645,752$6,749,476$6,505,515
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $344,780Missouri Dept. of Conservation $339,349 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $50,000NRA Foundation, Inc. $28,600 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $43,517Monsanto Fund $20,750 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Missouri 4-H Foundation
Address 109 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Primary Phone (573) 8822680
Board Chair Dr. Marla Tobin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1949