Donate to the Ross County 4-H Endowment Fund

The Ross County 4-H endowment is a permanent fund made possible through individual donations, business and corporate contributions, and fund-raising events.pavilion

Principal is invested permanently though the Ohio 4-H Foundation to generate the maximum interest possible. The interest income returns to our county to exclusively fund Ross County 4-H Youth Development programs, and adds value to the county endowment to keep pace with inflation.

By placing gifts in the permanent endowment account, contributors will be assured that their gift will remain in perpetuity, providing income to the 4-H program in the coming years.

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:

•awards for youth and adult volunteers
•providing added incentives
•development of new programs
•youth and volunteer education
•purchasing of program materials

Who manages the interest earned at the County Level?
Monies generated through earned interest is placed in the Ross County 4-H Fund which is managed by the Ross County 4-H Advisory Committee.

Who manages the fund?
Managed by the Office of the Treasurer of The Ohio State University, this fund maximizes the income to be returned tot he Ross County 4-H Youth Development progam.

Is a gift to the Ross County 4-H Endowment fund recognized as a gift to The Ohio State University? 
Yes. Contributions can be sent to the State 4-H office earmarked for the Ross County 4-H Endowment Fund; funds will be deposited with the Ohio 4-H Foundation which is a part of the university's development fund.

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

Can I contribute?
Yes! Several opportunities are available for participation through...

Current Gifts Planned Gifts
Cash Bequests
Pledges Charitable Trusts
Real Estate Life Income Gifts
Securities Life Insurance
Gifts in Kin  






Four Levels of Contribution are available:

Emerald Donors ($5,000 - $10,000)
•Gold Donors ($2,500 - $4,999)
Silver Donors ( $500 - $2,499)

Endowment Plaza Donations - Personalized engraved bricks in the center of the plaza ($100 minimum)
*To dedicate 100 years of 4-H in 2002, the Ross County 4-H Endowment Committee created a 4-H Plaza located on the west side of the Junior Fair Building at the Ross County Fairgrounds. The plaza was dedicated in 2004 and is growing still today.

Endowment Committee Members:  Nancy Detty, Susan Gearhart, Mary Harp, Betsy Moore, Emily Oyer and Jan Nusbaum

Who should I contact if I have further questions?
For additional information, contact Katie Wells -  at 740-702-3200