From the Dean: Source Spring-Summer 2015

From the Dean

beverly durgan

Bev Durgan, Dean

Extension donors make a difference

Through Extension, our dedicated volunteers and participants are able to make a difference by engaging in their passions—whether that passion is in agriculture, leadership, youth development, gardening, communities, environment or families.

Today, more and more people are realizing they can make an even bigger difference in these areas with a financial gift of support to Extension. With these generous gifts, Extension is able to fund additional positions, provide scholarships, engage in new research and reach more people with education.

To honor the generous contributions of Extension's friends and donors, we are launching the University of Minnesota Extension Dean's Circle. This giving society honors donors who have made cumulative gifts of $5,000 or more to any Extension program or the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. Donors of $25,000 and above also become members of the University's President's Club.

You can learn more by checking out our giving website or talking with our development director, Jane Johnson (612-626-3717, We will be reaching out to our current and past donors of $5,000 and above to welcome them as charter members of the Dean's Circle.

You can also learn more about the impact of donors in this issue of Source. I invite you to read a profile of Master Gardener Pam Hartley. Discover how Extension's agriculture research and education continues to succeed thanks to the support of individuals, organizations and commodity groups, while the new and exciting 4-H Science of Agriculture program is growing through generous gifts.

We appreciate your investment in Extension research and education to create a stronger Minnesota—whether through your volunteer time, your support or through your gift.


Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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