National 4-H Council

At a Glance

National Office: 
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (800) 368-7432
People Served: 
7,000,000
Year Founded: 
1902
Tax ID: 
36-2862206

Focus area(s):

After-School & Out-of-School
Personal & Leadership Development
Mentoring

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Description

4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.

Impact and Outcomes

4-H youth are three times more likely to actively contribute to their communities.
4-H youth report better grades, higher levels of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school.
4-H youth are 2.3 times more likely to exercise and be physically active.
4-H youth are nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college.

Mission & Goals

The mission of National 4-H Council is to increase the investment and participation in high quality 4-H positive youth development programs.

The goal of National 4-H Council is to build the capacity and capabilities of 4-H professionals and volunteers to deliver high quality 4-H positive youth development programs.

The vision of the 4-H youth development movement is to build a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.

Program

4-H is led by a unique private-public partnership of universities, federal and local government agencies, foundations, and professional associations. These partners work together to provide rich educational content and curriculum, resources in cutting-edge technology, insight into the latest national issues, and innovative thought-leadership. One key program that exemplifies this partnership is the 4-H National Mentoring Program (4-H NMP), led by the National 4-H Council,.

4-H National Mentoring Programs are serving thousands of youth annually. In partnership with Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 4-H NMP strengthens and expands mentoring programs for youth through three 4-H Programs of Distinction: 4-H Mentoring Youth and Families with Promise, 4-H Tech Wizards, and 4-H LIFE. All incorporate core principles of positive youth development to improve the well-being of at-risk youth ages 7-17, especially underserved populations of Latino, African American, and children of incarcerated parents.

Impact

For a decade, preeminent youth development scholar Dr. Richard Lerner and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University have been working with faculty at land-grant universities to conduct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. This in-depth, longitudinal study has discovered that the structured learning, encouragement, and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve future life successes. Highlights from the latest wave of the study include:

Young people in 4-H are:

  • More likely to pursue future courses or a career in science, engineering, or computer technology.
  • 3.4 times more likely to delay sexual intercourse by Grade 12.
  • Shown to have had significantly lower drug, alcohol, and cigarette use than their peers.
  • 2.3 times more likely to exercise and be physically active .

 

Highlights from the latest round of funding for the 4-H National Mentoring Programs include:

  • 91% mentor retention rate (95% within the Tribal Youth cohort).
  • 94% of youth with the 4-H LIFE Program noted positive behavior change with Family Relationships.

Growth Plan

National 4-H Council's goal is to build the capacity and capabilities of 4-H professionals and volunteers to deliver high quality 4-H positive youth development programs. National 4-H Council has identified six metrics to track over the next three fiscal years.  

Metric

Indicator

Goal

Brand and Investor Confidence

Level of investor confidence in the value and impact of High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development

Maintain % of investor alumni prospects and current investors who are very likely to engage in the next year

Revenue and Investment

National 4-H Council investment in High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development

Increase investment in High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development, as a % over Fiscal Year 2012 baseline and in total amount raised

Volunteers

Participation of 4-H volunteers in High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development programs

Increase investment in National 4-H Council funded volunteer development plan

Professionals

Level of adoption of National 4-H Council produced High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development resources

Increase levels of High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development expertise and satisfaction with National 4-H Council resources

Associates

Likelihood of National 4-H Council Associates recommending as a place to work

Achieve a positive net promoter for the Climate Survey

Youth

Number of youth impacted by National 4-H Council funded High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development programs or National 4-H Youth Conference Center programs.

Increase the number of youth who have a life-changing experience through High Quality 4-H Positive Youth Development programs

Location of Sites

National Office: 
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (800) 368-7432
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
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Locations in the following states:

Alaska

Alabama

Arkansas

American Samoa

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District Of Columbia

Delaware

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Federated States of Micronesia

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Utah

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Wyoming

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$16,795,218
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$6,979,309
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$11,097,335
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$6,579,599
Other Revenue (Description): 
Investment income, registration fees and tuitions. Note: Corporate Grants section includes foundation and individual giving.
Total Revenue: 
$41,451,461

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$12,904,925
Occupancy: 
$0
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,608,008
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$2,162,562
Telephone & Communications: 
$1,001,758
Payments to Affiliates: 
$10,116,355
Other Expenses: 
$13,657,853
Other Expenses (Description): 

Training, cost of goods sold, contracted services, insurance, depreciation. 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$41,451,461

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$0

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$15,253,414
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$7,028,430
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$7,677,302
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$6,546,497
Other Revenue (Description): 
Investment income, rents, net sales of inventory. Note: Corporate Grants section includes Foundation and Individual giving as well. See the full IRS form 990 here: http://www.4-h.org/about/leadership/national-4-h-council/
Special Events: 
$637,200
Total Revenue: 
$37,142,843

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$13,924,202
Occupancy: 
$212,846
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,705,264
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$2,830,323
Telephone & Communication: 
$0
Payments to Affiliates: 
$98,324,990
Other Expenses: 
$10,808,071
Other Expenses (Description): 

Fees for service (non-employees), advertising and promotion, conferences, interest, depreciation, insurance. 

Total Expenses: 
$127,805,696

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-90,662,853

Major Funders

 

Adobe Foundation

BAE Systems, Inc.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Cargill, Inc.

CHS Foundation

DuPont Company

Farm Credit

JC Penney

Lockheed Martin Corporation

MetLife Foundation

Molina Healthcare

Monsanto

New York Life Foundation

The Noyce Foundation

Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., and John Middleton Co., Altria Companies

Pioneer DuPont

Tractor Supply Company

Toyota

UnitedHealthcare

Walmart Foundation