Michigan 4-H Foundation and MSU approves new MOU

The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees voted Oct. 5 to approve a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Michigan 4-H Foundation and Michigan State University.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees voted Oct. 5 to approve a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Michigan 4-H Foundation and Michigan State University.

The MOU sets the standard for the collaborative relationship with the university. It was signed by Douglas E. Lewis, outgoing Michigan 4-H Foundation president; Jeffrey Dwyer, MSU Extension director, and Satish Udpa, executive vice president of Administrative Services for Michigan State University.

The MOU describes the partnership between the foundation and MSU:

MSU Extension and the Michigan 4-H Foundation wish to collaborate to generate financial support for the Michigan 4-H Youth Development Program. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code primarily as educational in nature. The Foundation is organized exclusively for the purpose of promoting and supporting the 4-H Youth Development Program in Michigan by soliciting and holding funds and assets which are used for leadership training, scholarships, trips and awards, program support, and other purposes as defined in Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws.

The University, through its College of Agriculture, Extension and the Children and Youth Institute, is responsible for the planning, organization, and administration of 4-H Youth Development programs in the State of Michigan and the conduct of educational programs in adult and youth leadership development and 4-H and youth learning experiences.

The University and the Foundation jointly recognize the benefit of a collaborative relationship to further both of their missions. The parties recognize that genuine good faith, mutual trust and respect are required to be successful in their support of the 4-H Youth Development program in Michigan.

To support this collaboration, a 4-H Development Officer charged with the development of financial resources to support 4-H Youth Development programs in Michigan, will work in conjunction with the MSU Extension Director of Development.

The MOU goes on to outline responsibilities of each party, cost and payments, staffing, physical and financial assets, etc. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2018, and will automatically renew on July 1 of each year unless either party provides written notice of their intent to renegotiate or terminate the agreement at least 90 days before the termination date.


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