Founded in 1949, the NYS 4-H Foundation supports 4-H youth development activities throughout New York State through tax-deductible donations primarily directed to:

(1) State program incentives,
(2) Grants for county 4-H programs,
(3) Opportunity scholarships for youth.


Our Mission

The NYS 4-H Foundation cultivates, secures, and stewards financial resources to support the Cornell Cooperative Extension New York State 4-H program in developing and delivering superior 4-H youth development programs.

By providing innovative and engaging programming in science, healthy living and citizenship, 4-H continues to provide high-quality positive youth development opportunities that prepare today’s youth to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.
— Donald T. Floyd Jr., Past President & CEO of National 4 H Council

Who we are

Board Members:

Vivian Myers (Chair)- Director, Project Management, New York Life Insurance

Shirley Spencer (Treasurer)- Credit Representative, Farm Credit East, ASA



Teishawn Florestal-Kevelier - 4-H Youth Development Assistant, CCE NYC

Brian Gilchrist- Executive Director, Washington County CCE



Debbie Grusenmeyer- Extension Associate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University

Emmaline Long - Crop Production Manager, CY Farms, LLC

Kevin Nugent- Operations Manager, Smashburger


Eileen Jensen- Director of Promotion & Outreach, New York Animal Agriculture Coalition

Melissa McCall - Contract Attorney

Andrew Turner (ex-officio)- 4-H State Program Leader, Senior Extension Associate



Chris Watkins (ex-officio)- Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension


Alan Martinez- 4-H Accounts Administrator, 4-H Youth Development Program

View our 990 here.