MASSACHUSETTS 4-H FOUNDATION, INC

aka Massachusetts 4-H Foundation   |   Framingham, MA   |  www.mass4hfoundation.org

Mission

Established in 1955, the Foundation provides financial resources to help expand 4-H programs in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to the enrichment and advancement of 4-H programs and activities throughout the Commonwealth. The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that 4-H remains a vital center of excellence for youth development.

Ruling year info

1957

Principal Officer

Laurie G. Flanagan

Main address

1671 Worcester Road, Suite 403

Framingham, MA 01701 USA

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EIN

04-2303708

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too many of America’s youth are lacking the opportunities that prepare them to lead in life and career. As a result, youth are saying that they feel unprepared to lead in life after school. It is a serious problem now that could escalate in the years to come because America needs more true leaders who are prepared and engaged to take on critical challenges facing families, communities, and businesses today. From the economy to education to health care, America is confronting several priorities that could benefit​ from youth engagement now and solutions for tomorrow. The same is true for young people themselves, who are facing real challenges today— from stress and bullying to hunger and poverty. Sadly, too many of today’s youth are either not engaged to drive positive solutions for the critical challenges facing our nation or not prepared with the skills they need to lead today or tomorrow. 4-H aims to address these needs by teaching youth to "learn by doing."

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Massachusetts 4-H

Mini-grants to clubs; grantwriting with staff for projects and camps; underwriting of 4-H programs state and national events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Foundation supports a large variety of programs as well as the five 4-H camps located in MA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation supports and raises funds for 4-H. The Foundation fulfills its fundraising mission through an annual early-fall golf fundraiser, an online auction, and Annual Fund campaigns throughout the year.

4-H empowers young people to be true leaders. True leaders are young people who have confidence; know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick to a job until it gets done. In 4-H, we believe true leaders aren’t born— they are grown. The 4-H experience is proven to grow true leaders with life skills like confidence, independence, resilience, ​and compassion.

Youth collaborate with caring adult mentors to lead hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and citizenship. Mentors provide a positive environment where youth learn by doing. 4-H provides a positive youth development approach that is proven to grow life skills. 4-H’ers learn by doing—with adults providing guidance, instead of directing; asking questions, instead of giving answers; sitting in the passenger seat​ while the young person takes the wheel; and sharing learnings and encouragement if they make a wrong turn.

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

​4-H’ers have risen to high points of achievement and leadership in virtually every industry and sector. Including such “true leaders” as Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Nettles; Facebook executive and “News Feed” inventor Andrew Bosworth; former U.S. vice president Al Gore; tech guru and founder of Aspera Software Michelle Munson; business leader and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Javier Palomarez; Retired NBA player and business entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson; and former NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson, to name a few.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MASSACHUSETTS 4-H FOUNDATION, INC

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steven Borgeson

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Terry Taylor

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Kent Lage

No Affiliation

Barclay Morse

No Affiliation

Robert Macleod

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.