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Time to Give Indiana 4-H a Helping Hand

Time to Give Indiana 4-H a Helping Hand
Your contributions yet this year will carry extra weight in raising money for Indiana 4-H.

The Indiana 4-H Foundation makes awards, primarily through scholarships, to deserving 4-H members each year. Their ability to do that depends upon funds they have in their treasury.

The Indiana 4-H Foundation is a non-profit group that relies on donations for income. Without donations, the Foundation does not have the ability to continue to support Indiana 4-H as it does today.

Related: Get Involved With Indiana 4-H and Enjoy Warm Fair Days

Help 4-H: Many 4-H members who show livestock or take other projects in 4-H directly reap benefits from the Indiana 4-H Foundation.

Tom McKinney, current president of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, recently advised everyone who has an interest in 4-H that there is a special opportunity right now to help the Foundation raise even more funds. But you must take action before the end of the year.

McKinney, a former 4-H and FFA member himself, hailing from a Tipton County hog and grain farm, located near Kempton, is a full-time farmer on the family farm. His brother, Ted, is currently director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Ted has also held key positions with Dow AgroSciences and Elanco during his career in agriculture.

The reason donations are so important now, Tom McKinney says, is because a donor is matching any contributions of $50 or more made between now and Dec. 31. That means you can double your support of Indian a 4-H if you can donate today, he adds.

Related: The Cool Factor of 4-H

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Liz Ellis is the executive director of the Indiana 4-H Foundation. For more information you can contact her at 317-701-6837, or through email at: liz-ellis@purdue.edu.

You can also donate by going directly to the Indiana 4-H Foundation Website. There is a large green button that says "Donate Now." Click it and find out how you can contribute.

Although 4-H is still strong in rural areas, where many members show livestock, it is also growing in urban and suburban areas, where members take a variety of other projects and are part of non-traditional 4-H programs.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly named Tom McKinney as Ted McKinney. The error has been corrected.

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