Established in 1955, the Foundation provides financial resources to help expand 4-H programs in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to the enrichment and advancement of 4-H programs and activities throughout the Commonwealth. The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that 4-H remains a vital center of excellence for youth development.
4-H is the largest youth development organization in the world, reaching out to children from urban, suburban and rural communities to teach vital skills to help youth become independent and active members of society. In Massachusetts, 4-H touches the lives of over 23,000 youth annually through clubs, summer camps, after school programs, and community based activities. The 4-H motto “learn by doing" is put into practice through experiential learning activities for 4-H members that strive to teach leadership, citizenship, teamwork, communications, and other essential skills.
4-H is one of four program areas of UMass Extension, part of the Center for Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.