Fostering Youth Development in Massachusetts

aka Massachusetts 4-H Foundation   |   Framingham, MA   |
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EIN: 04-2303708


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


President, Board of Trustees

Steven Borgeson

Main address

1661 Worcester Road Suite 201

Framingham, MA 01701 USA

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Subject area info

Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Youth development

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

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 specific 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


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

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 arent 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 clubs and programs throughout the Commonwealth. The Foundation fulfills its fundraising mission through managing an $9.1M Endowment that supports a variety of programs, an annual Golf Tournament, 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. 4-H provides a positive youth development approach that is proven to grow life skills. 4-Hers learn by doingwith 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.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 2022 Audited Financial Statements 2021
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 49.09 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of MASSACHUSETTS 4-H FOUNDATION, INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$296,849 $533,433 $100,799 $607,747 -$774,931
As % of expenses -56.1% 104.2% 20.8% 141.3% -133.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$299,921 $530,873 $98,582 $606,245 -$776,491
As % of expenses -56.4% 103.2% 20.3% 140.4% -133.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $380,694 $355,230 -$54,288 $486,895 $290,902
Total revenue, % change over prior year 3997.9% -6.7% -115.3% -996.9% -40.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 40.9% 46.1% -253.8% 24.3% 44.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 6.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 66.8% 81.4% -225.3% 47.9% 103.9%
Other revenue -7.7% -27.5% 579.1% 21.8% -47.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $529,083 $511,926 $483,533 $430,257 $578,652
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.9% -3.2% -5.5% -11.0% 34.5%
Personnel 28.6% 30.6% 33.9% 21.0% 36.0%
Professional fees 10.5% 11.0% 11.8% 20.3% 12.0%
Occupancy 5.9% 6.8% 6.8% 8.4% 6.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 47.7% 44.5% 39.2% 44.0% 37.3%
All other expenses 7.3% 7.0% 8.3% 6.5% 8.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $532,155 $514,486 $485,750 $431,759 $580,212
One month of savings $44,090 $42,661 $40,294 $35,855 $48,221
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $1,939 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $576,245 $557,147 $526,044 $469,553 $628,433

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.5 8.0 10.9 18.3 4.5
Months of cash and investments 142.1 177.7 193.1 256.5 154.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 55.6 70.0 76.6 103.0 60.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $374,076 $339,997 $441,185 $656,834 $218,183
Investments $5,889,130 $7,240,599 $7,338,712 $8,539,794 $7,253,282
Receivables $7,061 $26,297 $23,394 $16,988 $54,064
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $19,791 $19,791 $19,791 $21,730 $21,730
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 62.6% 75.5% 86.7% 85.9% 93.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.0% 1.8% 1.9% 1.3% 2.3%
Unrestricted net assets $2,458,680 $2,989,553 $3,088,135 $3,694,380 $2,917,889
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,193,063 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $2,512,200 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,705,263 $4,502,194 $4,581,605 $5,410,516 $4,507,681
Total net assets $6,163,943 $7,491,747 $7,669,740 $9,104,896 $7,425,570

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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President, Board of Trustees

Steven Borgeson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
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Board chair

Steven Borgeson

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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? 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 2/29/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2021

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  • 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.