The Fulton County 4-H Endowment Fund

"A sound investment in today's youth and tomorrow's leaders"

What is a county 4-H Endowment?

County 4-H endowments are permanent funds made possible through individual donations, business and corporate contributions, and fund raising events.

Principal is invested permanently through the Ohio 4-H Foundation to generate the maximum interest possible.  The interest income is used to fund local 4-H youth development education programs.

Does Fulton County have a 4-H Endowment Fund?

Yes.  Our 4-H endowment was officially recognized by the Ohio State University Development Fund in 1982 upon reaching a goal of $15,000.  Many local individuals deserve credit for their time and money spent to achieve this goal.  As of 11/30/2021, the current actual value is $236,026.31.

Is a gift to the Fulton County Endowment Fund recognized as a gift to The Ohio State University?

Yes.  Contributions are sent to the Ohio 4-H Foundation earmarked for the Fulton County 4-H Endowment Fund and deposited with the Ohio 4-H Foundation, which is a part of the university's development fund.

Why is it necessary to have a county 4-H Endowment?

County, state and federal budgets are very restricted, and usually cannot be stretched to provide more than the basic necessities.  Interest income from county endowments can supplement these budgets in addition to annual contributions to help assist with:

  • Scholarships directly going to youth
  • Youth and adult volunteer education
  • Awards for youth and adult volunteers
  • Development of new programs
  • Providing added incentives
  • Purchasing program materials

Who manages the interest earned at the county level?

Monies generated through earned interest are handled by a Fulton County Endowment Board.  Board members are Linda Bollinger, Amy Miller, Amy Zientek, Kelly Bentley, Ruth Kauffman, and Sara Lewis.  These individuals have a concern for the local 4-H program and distribute money through a formal process.  A separate account at the state level is maintained for this purpose.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes.  The Ohio 4-H Foundation and the Fulton County 4-H Endowment is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation.  Consult your accountant or tax attorney for specific guidance on your gift.

You Can Help!

Contributions to the Fulton County 4-H Endowment Fund may be made in several ways.

  • Current Gifts
  • Planned Gifts
  • Cash
  • Life Insurance
  • Property
  • Bequests
  • Gifts-in-kind
  • Charitable trusts
  • Securities
  • Memorials
  • Corporate matching gifts

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Sara Lewis
OSU Extension - Fulton County
8770 State Route 108, Suite A
Wauseon, OH   43567
419-337-9210 or 800-686-9211

Checks can be made payable to:
Fulton County 4-H Endowment Fund
(same as address above)