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UF/IFAS Advancement

UF/IFAS Advancement

When you partner with the Florida 4-H Foundation you help fuel life-changing programs for young people across Florida.

OUR MISSION Passionately support Florida 4-H through advocacy, collaboration and funding.

OUR VISION To be the recognized champion of Florida 4-H.

OUR 4-H MOTTO To Make The Best Better 


The UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This is accomplished through safe and inclusive learning environments, a network of caring adults, and utilizing the science-based knowledge of the University of Florida and nationwide land-grant university system.

The Florida 4-H Foundation collaborates with multiple partners including the University of Florida Foundation, National 4-H Council, county-based associations/foundations and a network of 4-H professionals, volunteers and supporters across the state


  • Board of Directors

    These volunteers generously donate their time to the advancement of Florida 4-H. Click here for the full list of board members.

    Florida 4-H Foundation Board Officers

    Whitney Ellis


    Robert Angus Williams

    Immediate Past President   

    Valerie Dailey

    Nick Place, PhD  Chief Executive Officer  

    Michael Gutter, PhD

    Chief Operating Officer  
    Todd Bundy   Vice President of Development  
    Adam Basford  Vice President of Finance   
    Kathy Hartman  Comptroller  

    Caylin Hilton

     Secretary  Caylin Newbern
  • Notice of Board Meetings

    The Florida 4-H Foundation Board of Directors meets quarterly along with regular committee meetings. For more information please contact Board Secretary, Caylin Hilton at  

    Public Notice of Upcoming Meetings


    Oct 28, 2020 11:00am EST ZOOM
    July 29, 2020 1:00-4:00pm EST ZOOM
  • Foundation and Board Resources

    The Florida 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit supporting the UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. FEIN 59-1000186

    Principal Address: 1604 McCarty Drive, RM 1040, Gainesville, FL 32611
    Mailing Address: PO Box 110225, Gainesville, FL 32611 

  • Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

    The Florida 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding individual contributors to the 4-H program. Established during the national 4-H program’s centennial year, one hundred members were inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame. Inductees include outstanding 4-H alumni, volunteers, emeritus extension agents, program leaders, and supporters. An additional four to five members are inducted each year. 

    This year Florida 4-H welcomed five new members to the Hall of Fame: Dr. Susan MacManus, Kim Massagee, Vicki Meriwether, Hal Porter and Don Sellers. Click here to read more about this year's honorees. Inductees were celebrated during the 2020 National 4-H Week with a live virtual Hall of Fame induction. View the full program recording here.

    Click to nominate an individual for the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.

    For more information about the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame and opportunities to sponsor the annual induction event, please contact Caylin Hilton at or 352.392.5432.

  • Clover Society


    Alumni, friends and community partners can support Florida 4-H programs with a gift to the Florida 4-H Clover Society. The Clover Society provides critical resources to address needs for youth programs and seize new opportunities.

    This special giving program recognizes donors who provide annual support to give Florida's youth with opportunities through 4-H programs. Click to learn more about the Clover Society and how you can become a member today. Contact Caylin Hilton at for more information and to discuss partnering with Florida 4-H.


  • 4-H Scholarship Program

    A Florida 4-H Scholarship is a great way to support a 4-H member on their next steps in technical, career and post-secondary education. Florida 4-H Scholarships area awarded through the annual portfolio process for graduating 4-H members, with some awards also open to rising high school seniors and young alumni.

    Click here for more information and a current listing of Florida 4-H Scholarships. Thank you to the many individuals, families, and organizations that make these scholarships possible for our 4-H'ers!

    Scholarships may be funded annually or permanently endowed with the UF Foundation. Payment of scholarship funds is made directly to the accredited college or university or technical/trade school on behalf of the recipient.

    If you would like to discuss sponsoring a 4-H scholarship, please contact Caylin Hilton at or 352.392.5432.


  • Atocha Silver

    In the summer of 1985, treasure hunter Mel Fisher and his divers discovered the main cargo of the Atocha following a sixteen year search. The treasure they found was valued at $400 million. Two of the couples who helped finance the search donated a block of silver from the Atocha to the Florida 4-H Foundation and the University of Florida’s citrus research program. Because of the generosity of Mr. Barney and Mrs. Hariot Greene and Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Dorothy Lyon, the Atocha treasure continues to benefit youth education through 4-H.

    The Florida 4-H Foundation used the donated block of silver from the Atocha wreckage to craft a special 4-H memento for your wardrobe. Each cloverleaf pendant or lapel pin is sold for $28.04 plus tax and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the American Numismatic Association. This jewelry is not just a piece of silver; it’s a piece of history. All proceeds support the youth-led Florida 4-H State Council.

    Click here for more history and ordering infomation.



Connect with the Florida 4-H Alumni + Friends Community

Explore ways you can support Florida's youth through 4-H.

The Florida 4-H Club Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization (FEIN 59-1000186) and Direct Support Organization of the University of Florida supporting the UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. The Foundation also partners directly with the UF Foundation (FEIN 59-0974739) to support 4-H programs through endowments and special gift vehicles.

PO Box 110225 Gainesville, FL 32611 | | 352.392.5432

Thank You to Our Partners