Giving to MU Extension


Direct your donation

Thank you for valuing MU Extension enough to consider donating to our efforts. As a donor, you can tell us how you would like your donation used. You can direct your donation to a specific county extension office or program, to a specific endowment fund, or to MU Extension in general, thus allowing your dollars to support the areas of greatest need statewide.

If you have questions or need help deciding where to direct your donation, please contact Cynthia Crawford or Cat Comley.

County gifts and endowments

You can direct your donation to a specific county as a gift to be used immediately or as an endowment contribution to support the county's efforts long term. Gifts are generally used within one to two years. Monies put into an endowment are left in the fund forever to earn interest; once the endowment is fully funded, the county extension office receives the earnings monthly - forever.

You can also direct your donation to a specific MU Extension program, such as your county’s Master Gardener or 4-H program.

MU Extension’s strategic initiatives

MU Extension has identified the following six strategic initiatives that focus on important societal concerns. Strengthening our ability to providing programming addressing these concerns will position us to best serve the needs of Missourians for the next 100 years.

The Excellence in Extension Fund supports MU Extension’s area of greatest need.

The Childhood Educational Attainment Fund supports programs designed to develop science-savvy, contributing and caring citizens through 4-H and other youth development programs.

The Environmental Conservation Fund supports educational programs that promote wise use of natural resources, with an emphasis on biotechnology, sustainable energy, and soil and water conservation.

The Community, Economic and Workforce Development Fund supports programs and services aimed at keeping businesses competitive; training employed, underemployed and unemployed workers; and developing community infrastructure.

The Global Human Health Fund supports programs that address the issues of community health, food and nutrition education, and chronic disease management.

The Global Food Systems Fund supports programs that aim to boost agricultural production, support a safer food supply, and make nutritious foods attainable by all.

Statewide endowments

Endowment funds are established for specific purposes, such as enhancing community development, supporting innovative programming efforts, or providing faculty and staff professional development opportunities. The following endowments support MU Extension statewide.

The C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Fund awards an annual fellowship to an MU faculty member whose accomplishments advance the land-grant mission through extension, international education or agricultural economics programs.

The Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award makes an annual award to select staff members based on their teaching activities in the preceding 12 months.

The Community Development Extension Endowment Fund supports MU Extension community and economic development activities.

The Daniel J. (Duke) McVey Labor Research Endowment Fund funds approved research projects in the MU Labor Education Program.

The Dr. Ronald J. Turner Endowed Fund provides support for global educational opportunities for MU Extension faculty and staff.

The Missouri Cooperative Extension Service Endowment allocates monies to county extension councils and MU schools, colleges, divisions and departments in support of extension programs and projects.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Endowment supports the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers educational programs for people age 50 and over.

The Pat and Tom Buchanan Endowed Fund supports professional development of MU Extension faculty, with preference given to off-campus business development and human environmental sciences specialists.