Youth Development


aka Massachusetts 4-H Foundation

Framingham, MA


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.

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Principal Officer

Laurie G. Flanagan

Main Address

1671 Worcester Road, Suite 403

Framingham, MA 01701 USA


informal education, lifeskills, public speaking, community service, citizenship, volunteer support, 4-H, youth education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

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What we aim to solve

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."

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Massachusetts 4-H

University of Massachusetts 4-H Program

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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.

This experience grows leaders with life skills like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion. This produces 4-H’ers who are 4X more likely to give back to their communities, 2X more likely to make healthy decisions and 2X more likely to pursue STEM opportunities.

​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.

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