WISCONSIN 4-H FOUNDATION INC

Madison, WI   |  www.Wis4HFoundation.org

Mission

Generating resources to invest in the positive development of 4-H youth.

Ruling year info

1955

Executive Director

Brenda Scheider

Main address

702 Langdon Street The Pyle Center

Madison, WI 53706 USA

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EIN

39-0914868

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Our programs

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Wisconsin 4-H

Provide support to the Wisconsin 4-H program.

Population(s) Served

Today’s employers are placing more and more importance on applied skills, according to the 2006 “Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century Workforce” study conducted by business and workforce non-profit organizations. The study showed that companies value skills like teamwork and collaboration, oral communication and professionalism in new workers across all education levels.

Participation in leadership activities can help youth strengthen their skills in areas like public speaking and communication, teamwork, conflict resolution and more, skills that are increasingly important to employers. Wisconsin 4-H programs offer many opportunities for youth to be involved in leadership activities.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation is seeking support for regional and statewide leadership programs, including the Wisconsin Leadership Council, Youth and Adult Leadership Fall Forum, Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership program and Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Central to the 4-H program in 1914 and today is youth development. Studies suggest a link between positive youth development and the developmental assets associated with youth programs—especially programs that go beyond simple extracurricular activities to focus specifically on promoting youth development. The “Big Three" features of effective youth-serving programs are:
• Positive and sustained relationships between youth and adults.
• Activities that build important life skills.
• Opportunities for youth to use these life skills as both participants in and as leaders of valued community activities.

4-H strives to develop life skills in youth to help them become competent and contributing citizens in the communities where they live now and in the future. To that end, nearly 22,000 volunteers are engaged with staff to assist in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the educational program designed with youth in the communities where they live. There is an intentional focus to partner with community stakeholders to create communities that are welcoming to youth and provide opportunities for growth and development. The following outcomes address the areas of youth, adult and community as foundational topics to 4-H youth development in Wisconsin:
• Youth effectively apply life skills through participation in a variety of projects and activities. Life skills include creativity and innovation; critical thinking; communication; collaboration; self-direction; cross-cultural skills, and contribution.
• Adults appropriately apply the best practices that result in an environment that promotes positive youth development.
• Adults plan, implement and evaluate learning opportunities that intentionally and effectively promote like skill development in youth.
• Communities and organizations build capacity and take collective action that supports positive youth develop.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation is a statewide, charitable organization that exists to provide support to the Wisconsin 4-H program. The mission of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation is to develop resources and connections to invest in the positive development of 4-H youth.

4-H exists in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. With 2016 membership of nearly 150,000 youth, 4-H is one of the largest youth-serving organization in Wisconsin. About one-third of Wisconsin 4-H members are from a farm, rural area or small town. The balance (about 95,000 kids) is from small cities, suburbs and metro areas. Approximately 74% of youth served by Wisconsin 4-H are in elementary school, 18% are older adolescents of middle school age and 8% are high school age.

Nearly 22,000 people volunteer to assist in the delivery of 4-H programming across Wisconsin. Some of these volunteers work directly with youth through face-to-face contact. Others work indirectly through committees, boards and advisory panels. Finally, some volunteers are youth, who assist in organizing, managing and teaching other youth.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provides funding to support the 4-H program in Wisconsin, and while current funding levels allow for continuation of established and successful programming, funding levels to not address new and emerging needs and opportunities.

Financials

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WISCONSIN 4-H FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Funk

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Term: 2013 - 2019

Jill Nieskes

AIG

Laura Herschleb

Badgerland Financial

Nancy Bilz

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes