MASSACHUSETTS 4-H FOUNDATION, INC

Fostering Youth Development in Massachusetts

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

Executive Director

Carrie Myers

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

America’s youth lack 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. 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. 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

The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation funds 4-H programs throughout the Commonwealth. This includes programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), Animal Science, Statewide and National Conferences, Teen Programs, Civic Projects, Community Service, and Visual Presentations. The Foundation also support grant making for 4-H clubs that may support National Conference travel, local projects and County Fair projects. We also provide funding to the 4-H Camps in Massachusetts.

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

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Children and youth

Related Program

University of Massachusetts 4-H Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

90% indicates based on total students that participated in that program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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 become resilient so that they can carry these skills into adulthood. 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 such as confidence, independence, resilience, ​and compassion.

The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation supports and raises funds for 4-H and distributes those funds to UMass 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Camps throughout the Commonwealth. The Foundation fulfills its fundraising mission through managing an $8.6M Endowment that supports a variety of programs, an annual Golf Tournament, online auction, and Annual Fund campaigns throughout the year.

The goals of the Foundation to support 4-H throughout the Commonwealth are:

Achieve greater visibility for 4-H through an integrated marketing strategy including a variety of media and advertising vehicles.

Leverage the increased interest in agriculture, STEM programs and civic service to recruit membership.

Work together with UMass to establish a unified graphic presence and universal marketing standards and systems for joint marketing efforts.

Expand our relationship with the State Legislators, Corporations, Foundations and funders to share the value of the 4-H program and continue to create resources for any youth within the Commonwealth to access the 4-H program.

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.

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 03/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steven Borgeson

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 3/16/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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.