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4-H members to benefit from 1st Farm Credit Services/IAA $6,000 donation to Illinois 4-H Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014

The Illinois 4-H Foundation was one of 14 groups benefiting from funds donated by 1st Farm Credit Services Donor Advised Fund through the IAA Foundation for 2014. The $6,000 donation to the Foundation was received Monday, April 21 in Bloomington by 4-H Foundation Executive Director Angie Barnard.

Since 1954, the Illinois 4-H Foundation has raised funds from individuals, corporations and organizations to supplement state and county 4-H programs. In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $200,000 to assist Illinois 4-H members, clubs, and programs.

“Our office works with all of our donors to maximize the impact their support makes on 4-H members,” Barnard said. “These funds will specifically enhance the agricultural educational and leadership programs for 4-H members in Illinois.”

In total, 1st Farm Credit distributed $118,500 Monday to the ag-related groups. The 1st Farm Credit Services Donor Advised Fund through the IAA Foundation was created in 2010 to help promote and fund programs dedicated to agriculture education, youth and leadership. The association has provided $1.25 million to the fund.  This is the fourth year for distributions from the fund, and to date, $380,000 has been distributed. In 2013, money from the Donor Advised Fund impacted more than 800,000, by exposing people to programs that promote agriculture education, youth and leadership.

The mission of the IAA Foundation is to fund education, research and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture.  The donations will see many uses, from helping promote growing local foods to getting urban youth interested in agriculture.

“Working with groups that serve farmers, children and consumers who are growing and nurturing future leaders fits in our mission,” said Roger Schrodt, 1st Farm Credit Services Board of Directors vice chairperson. “Farmers have a passion for planning for the future, planting and caring for plants and animals, tending them and helping them to grow. I commend all of these groups for their excellent work.”

Barnard said 4-H programs align strongly with the goals of 1st Farm Credit Services and the IAA Foundation. “4-H prepares young people to be effective leaders, contributing citizens and prepared team members,” Barnard said.

“Reflecting on the work accomplished by these organizations in the past year only further reinforces our funding decisions for 2014, said Susan Moore, IAA Foundation Director. “Administering this fund on behalf of 1st Farm Credit truly brings together so much positive work in agriculture, and we are glad to be a part of this movement.”

PHOTO ID: Representatives from 14 organizations received gifts from the IAA Foundation’s 1st Farm Credit Services Donor Advised Fund. Pictured are (front row from left to right): Sandra Streed, Northern Illinois University; Rachel Hawk, Illinois FFA; Emily Newell, Illinois State University; Ruth Hambleton, Annie’s Project; Brenda Besse, AgrAbility Unlimited; and Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation. (Back row from left to right) Roger Schrodt, 1st Farm Credit Services; Gabriel Muhammad, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences; Bob Rohrer; Cook County Farm Bureau; Jackie Jones, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom;  Jessa Barnard, University of Illinois; Diana Ropp, Illinois Agri-Women; Andrew Baker, Western Illinois University; Don Norton, Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation; Bill Johnson, Joliet Junior College; and Susan Moore, IAA Foundation. (photo courtesy of 1st Farm Credit Services)

Source: Angie Barnard, Director of Development, abarnard@uiuc.edu