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Extension's gift priorities

Learn more about 4-H, agriculture, community, family, natural resources and volunteer programs. Find a fund that aligns with your giving goals.


Minnesota 4-H relies on donors to support youth development programming.  Approximately 65,000 youth participate in 4-H, making it Minnesota's largest youth development program. Securing gifts and external dollars enables 4-H to support youth and adult volunteers in their learning and leadership. There are MANY ways to support 4-H.


Volunteer programs

Many donors support their favorite Extension volunteer program, deepening their commitment to a program they're passionate about.  Extension's 35,000 volunteers give their time and expertise to serve their communities and help create a stronger Minnesota.



Building and strengthening our internship programs is one step toward a strong future. 


Communities and leaders

Extension's leadership and civic engagement programs help emerging leaders learn and grow with new knowledge and skills that bring people together and solve problems. And our community development workshops and research bring valuable information to local discussions so leaders can make critical decisions.



Extension programs foster resilient, healthy, and secure futures for Minnesota families and seniors.  Our work supports parents, families experiencing transitions, and community members who serve others through their profession.


Agriculture and natural resources

Farmland with farmstead in the background at sunset.

Extension's legacy is grounded in providing practical, science-based resources for farmers, landowners, food producers, and consumers. Our work strengthens Minnesota's food and agriculture.  The research and education we provide improve crop yields, animal health, farm productivity, and water conservation across our state's 68,500 farms. 

Extension's impact extends beyond the farm, too.  We protect Minnesota's natural resources — including soil, water, and woodlands. Our outreach helps detect and manage invasive species, restore public lands, collect data for researchers, address climate change and empower citizens to get involved in scientific discovery.


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