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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

    Ronda Ott Banner
    SewGoddess Creations
    Micanopy, FL



    Valerie Dailey
    Showcase Properties
    Ocala, FL

    Immediate Past President

    Isaac Chandler
    Suwannee County High School
    Jasper, FL 

    Andra Johnson, PhD
    UF/IFAS Extension
    Gainesville, FL

    Chief Executive Officer
    Dean for Extension
    Professional headshot

    Stacey Ellison, PhD
    UF/IFAS Extension
    Gainesville, FL

    4-H State Program Leader  
    Todd Bundy
    Leon County Property Appraiser
    Tallahassee, FL 
    Vice President, Development  Todd Bundy 4-H profile photo
    Danita Thomas Heagy
    Doctor of Chiropractic
    St. Augustine, FL
    Vice President, Finance   Danita Thomas Heagy headshot
    Kathy Hartman
    UF/IFAS, Florida 4-H Foundation
    Gainesville, FL

    Caylin Hilton
    UF/IFAS, Florida 4-H Foundation
    Gainesville, FL

    Board Secretary
    Director of Development
    & External Relations
  • 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 

    Date Meeting Type Time Location
    Aug 03, 2023 Quarterly Meeting (Q4) 2:00-4:00pm EST Gainesville/ZOOM
    Jul 27, 2023 Committee: Audit/Finance 3:00-4:30pm EST ZOOM
    Apr 19, 2023 Quarterly Meeting (Q3) 2:00-4:00pm EST Tallahassee/ZOOM
    Apr 17, 2023 Committee: Audit/Finance 11:00am EST ZOOM
    Feb 9, 2023 Quarterly Meeting (Q2) 9:30am EST FL State Fair, Tampa/ZOOM
    Nov 01, 2022 Annual Mtg 1:00pm EST Gainesville/ZOOM
    Aug 12, 2022 Special Meeting 2:30pm EST ZOOM
    Jul 28, 2022 Quarterly Meeting (Q4) 2:30pm EST Gainesville/ZOOM
    Jul 26, 2022 Committee: Audit/Finance 2:00pm EST ZOOM
    May 05, 2022 Quarterly Meeting (Q3) 1:00pm EST Gainesville/ZOOM
    May 02, 2022 Committee: Finance 4:00pm EST ZOOM
    Feb 23, 2022 Quarterly Meeting (Q2) Afternoon Tallahassee
    Nov 16, 2021 Annual Meeting 2:00-4:00pm EST Gainesville BTU South/ZOOM
    Jul 29, 2021 Quarterly Meeting (Q4) 6:00-8:00pm EST ZOOM/Gainesville
    Jul 20, 2021 Committe: Finance 1:00pm EST ZOOM
    Apr 09, 2021 Quarterly Meeting (Q3) 11:00am-12:15pm EST ZOOM/Camp Cherry Lake
    Apr 08, 2021 Committee: Finance 8:30am EST ZOOM
    Feb 01, 2021 Quarterly Meeting (Q2) 3:00-5:00pm EST ZOOM
    Dec 08, 2020 Committee: Finance 1:00-2:00pm EST ZOOM
    Nov 30, 2020 Gathering 4:00pm EST ZOOM
    Oct 28, 2020 Annual Meeting (Q1) 11:00am EST ZOOM
    Jul 29, 2020 Quarterly Meeting (Q4) 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. An additional four to five members are inducted each year. Inductees include outstanding 4-H alumni, volunteers, emeritus extension agents and professionals, program leaders, and supporters.  

    Click to nominate an individual

    Click to view the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

    For more information about the 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.



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Thank You to Our Partners


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