Manatee County 4-H Association (University of Florida)
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto FL 34221-3201

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Todd Henson
Board Chair Affiliation Manatee County Public Schools
General Info
Organization DBA
Manatee County 4-H Association
Manatee County 4-H Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination (Group)View
Impact Statement


  • During the 2015-2016 4-H programming year, 8,022 youths were reached in Manatee County. 
  • The top project areas in Manatee County were animals, environmental sciences, communication and expressive arts, and civic engagement. 
  • Youth involved in 4-H clubs experienced leadership opportunities by serving as officers at the club level, and at the county, district and state 4-H council levels. 
  • The majority of the 24 4-H clubs also performed some type of community service. School enrichment programming included Ag Venture (ag literacy program for third grade students) and Tropicana Public Speaking (communication arts program for fourth-sixth grade students). Special interest programming included FNGLA; and dairy, horse and livestock judging. Day and residential camping included Green & Growing, Sew 4 Fun, Gator Adventures, Shooting Sports, and Junior Residential Camp.


Needs Statement
  1. Enhance and expand youth and adult training and recognition programs. $15,000

  2. Design and implement a  targeted volunteer recruitment effort for 4-H club expansion and development. $10,000

  3. Secure more public support for the junior residential camping program.  $16,000

  4. Design 4-H promotional materials for clubs, includes brochures and other tabling aids. $5,000

  5. Secure more public support  for the third grade agricultural literacy program, Ag Venture. $10,000
Background Statement

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs with more than 204,000 youth ages 5-18, and 13,000 youth and adult volunteers in the state of Florida. The 4-H program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been committed to the idea that youth are the single strongest catalyst for change.

According to the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development conducted by Tufts University young people in 4-H:

  • report better grades, higher levels of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school;

  • are nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college; and

  • are more likely to pursue future courses in a career in science, engineering, or computer technology.

Also, 4-H youth make more healthy choices and are committed to improving their communities.

Opportunities for youth that supplement formal education, enhance life skills development, and prepare youth for tomorrow’s workforce have been assessed as priorities in Extension 4‐H Youth Development programming. Studies have found that youth who participate in 4‐H are less likely to engage in at‐risk behaviors (such as smoking, drinking, bullying, etc.), contribute more to their family and community, and state they are more likely to attend college (Lerner et al,2012). All these factors lead to productive, well-adjusted citizens prepared for the workforce. By introducing youth to school enrichment, day and residential camps, and other types of programs in 4‐H, youth are more likely to become engaged and join 4‐H clubs.

    The Manatee County 4-H Association was organized in 2011 and incorporated in 2012 as a result of the sweeping reorganization of 4-H private and public support entities.  Prior to the reorganization, the Manatee County 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., chartered in 1970 was the direct financial support entity and received its tax-exempt status through the USDA’s Group Exemption Number (GEN).   Since the reorganization, the Association’s tax-exempt status is through the University of Florida’s GEN and it also does business as the Manatee County 4-H Foundation. The Association operates primarily for advisory and charitable purposes in support of the Manatee County 4-H Program. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been committed to the idea that youth are the single strongest catalyst for change.

    Through participation in 4‐H clubs and other 4-H educational activities, youth are more likely to become contributing members of society. 
    Areas Served
    Areas Served
    FL- Manatee
    Areas Served Comments

    Manatee County, Florida specifically but 4-H is found in over 3,000 counties in the United States, and in more than 70 countries around the world.

    Service Categories
    Primary Org Type Youth Development
    Secondary Org Type
    Tertiary Org Type
    Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

    Junior 4-H camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience held at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf located in Lake Placid, FL. Youth camping has a long history, and within Extension/4-H, camping is recognized as an important delivery mode for youth development and experience-based, non-formal education. The camp helps youth build life skills through outdoor adventures. Youth participate in the week-long camp as campers (ages 8-12), leadership track (age 13), or counselors (ages 14-18). Camper spaces are open to 4-H youth and buddies. Leadership track participants and counselors are selected after successfully completing the application, training and interview process. At camp, campers attend classes/fun sessions conducted by counselors, adult volunteers and state staff. Independence and responsibility are encouraged throughout the week.

    Budget $34,000
    Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
    Short Term Success

    Each year the camp fills quickly as we camp as a one-county cluster. We serve 120 youth. The campers develope or enhance life skills during the week. These life skills include making decisions in a safe environment; and learning to communicate effectively, resolve conflict, appreciate diversity and individual differences, respect and consider others, solve problems, and become a good citizen. As independence and responsibility are encouraged, incidents of homesickness, rowdiness decrease.
    Parents/guardians are more aware of the potential benefits of the camping experience. Both parents/guardians and youth have developed a more favorable attitude towards camp as noted by the number of returnees.

    Long Term Success

    The ultimate goal of the camping program is help youth become contributing members of society. Youth are successful, healthy, productive, contributing members of their communities (leadership, citizenship, life skills; academic success; workforce preparation). Stakeholders, parents/guardians, community members, etc.) recognize camp as an environment for positive youth development (camper retention rates, funding, parent/guardian involvement, community support). 4-H camping alumni serve on the camping committee as well their children/grandchildren are involved in the program.

    Program Success Monitoring

    Junior 4-H residential camp is evaluated each year by camper, counselor and adult evaluations completed during and after camp. The Manatee County 4-H Camping Committee also conducts a review session after camp and utilizes this information for future directive. Representatives from Manatee County (both staff and volunteers) participate on the Florida 4-H Cloverleaf Camping Advisory Committee to stay informed of statewide and national trends and expectations.

    Program Success Examples

    Youth utilize the knowledge and experiences gained at camp later in life by putting life skills into practice in their families, schools, communities, and careers. Stakeholders (parents/guardians, community members, etc.) recognize camp as an environment for positive youth development (camper retention rates, funding, parent/guardian involvement, and community support). There continues to be a natural progression from camper, to leadership track, to counselor, and to state staff. Manatee County continues to have a large number of 4-H alumni accepted for state camp staff and Extension agent positions.

    CEO/Executive Director
    CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
    CEO Term Start 0
    CEO/Executive Director Email
    Former CEOs/Executive Directors
    Senior Staff
    Staff & Volunteer Statistics
    Full Time Staff 0
    Part Time Staff 0
    Staff Retention Rate % N/A
    Professional Development Yes
    Contractors 0
    Volunteers 5
    Management Reports to Board N/A
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

    Manatee County Farm Bureau, Manatee River Fair Association, Manatee County Farm City Week Committee, Manasota Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, Parrish Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation of Bradenton, and School District of Manatee County.

    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Risk Management Provisions
    Government Licenses
    Organization Licensed by the Government No
    Fundraising Plan Yes
    Communication Plan No
    Strategic Plan No
    Strategic Plan Years
    Strategic Plan Adopted 0
    Management Succession Plan No
    Continuity of Operations Plan No
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistle Blower Policy No
    Document Destruction Policy No
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
    Policies and Procedures No
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Todd Henson
    Company Affiliation Manatee County Public Schools
    Board Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2017
    Board Chair Email
    Board Members
    Board Members
    Anthony C. Chaffee Beth and Chris Enterprises Inc.
    Mary Collazo Patchington Boutique
    Henrietta Duval Dr. Joseph Salas
    Todd Henson Manatee County Public Schools
    David Walker North River Builders & Realty
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 1
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 4
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 3
    Female 2
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 2
    Board Term Limits 99
    Board Orientation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
    Board Meeting Attendance % 73
    Board Self-Evaluation No
    Written Board Selection Criteria No
    Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
    % of Board Making Monetary Contributions 60
    % of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
    Standing Committees
    Advisory Board / Advisory Council
    Governance Comments by Organization

    The Manatee County 4-H "Foundation" serves as the fundraising and financial entity for the Manatee County 4-H Program. A memorandum of agreement exists between the Association and the Foundation. The Foundation meets monthly September through May. Current membership includes: Sharon Barhorst, Kiwanis Club of Bradenton; Elizabeth “Beth” Browning (Treasurer), At Large Member; Patrick G. Bryant, At Large Member; Chris Chaffee, Leader Council; Betty Glassburn, At Large Member; Sandra Haas-Martens (Secretary), At Large Member; Alec Hoffner, At Large Member; Kimberly Holbrook, At Large Member, Callon “Buddy” Keen, At Large Member, Kelli Kennedy, Manatee County Public Schools; Laura Morris, At Large Member; Crystal Snodgrass, University of Florida/IFAS Extension – Interim County Extension Director; Timothy Lewis, At Large Member; Christopher Quattlebaum, At Large Member and Leader Council; Patrick Roff, City of Bradenton; H. Cully Rowell, At Large Member; Peter Ruscoe, North River Kiwanis Club; Dr. Diana Smith, University of Florida/IFAS Extension – County 4-H Coordinator; John Stephens, At Large Member; Robert Sweat, Manatee River Fair Association; Elizabeth “Ellie” Trammell, Leader Council; Tambra Varnadore, City of Palmetto; Peter Vole III (Vice President), At Large Member; David Walker, (President), At Large Member; Jo Hoffner, Youth Council, and Colton Ginter, Youth Council.

    Current Year Projections
    Tax Year Start Month Sept
    Tax Year Start Day 01
    Tax Year Begins 2016
    Tax Year End Month Aug
    Tax Year End Day 31
    Tax Year Ends 2017
    Projected Revenue $116,144.00
    Projected Expenses $106,676.00
    Organization has Endowment Yes
    Endowment Value $411,495.00
    Capital Campaign
    Currently In a Capital Campaign No
    Campaign Purpose
    Campaign Goal
    Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
    Financial Review
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$104,128$98,712$91,442
    Administration Expense$7,173$9,120$6,951
    Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.040.97
    Program Expense/Total Expenses94%92%93%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$546,232$548,818$544,431
    Current Assets$546,232$548,818$544,431
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$0$0$0
    Total Net Assets$546,232$548,818$544,431
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount4-H Club Activities $39,0914-H Club Activities $37,7334-H Club Activities $32,421
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $33,092Contributions, gifts, grants $32,327Investment Income $26,509
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $21,877Fundraising $21,248Fundraising $22,920
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation
    Tax Credits No
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax return.
    Nonprofit Manatee County 4-H Association (University of Florida)
    Address 1303 17th Street West
    Palmetto, FL 32611 3201
    Phone 941 722-4524 1844