Florida 4-H Clover Society

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The Florida 4-H Clover Society Fund exists as a steady source of financial support for the Florida 4-H program. Private gifts from Clover Society members ensure that Florida 4-H can continue to meet the most pressing needs of the youth, families and communities it serves. With an annual investment of $500 or more you too can join this society of dedicated and passionate Florida 4-H supporters.


Your gift will ensure 4-H is continuing to:cs

  • Expand its reach beyond 230,000 youth in Florida’s communities, both urban and rural
  • Grow to provide the solutions for our lives through focused programming in Healthy Living, Citizenship & Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Create opportunities for 4-H youth to “Learn By Doing” through hands-on experiences and positive relationships with caring adult leaders

Clover Society Member Benefits include:

  • Invitations to events hosted by Florida 4-H.
  • Recognition in the annual 4-H Connections Newsletter and on the Florida 4-H Website.
  • A subscription to the Florida 4-H Connections Newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on program news and developments.
  • A token of appreciation from Florida 4-H to signify your membership in the Clover Society.

Membership is based on the amount given during the 4-H fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).


4-Hers with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam at 4-H Day at the Capitol.

By pledging your annual gift for 5 years, you will qualify at the level associated with your total pledge amount – a $500 gift pledged for 5 years equals a total gift of $2500 and elevates you from Bronze to Gold.

You can make your annual gift by mail (check payable to UF Foundation), online or by phone. You can also set up your gift to be paid in multiple installments (a $2500 pledge for 5 years is only $125 per quarter) or through a recurring credit card charge ($500 a year is only $42 per month).

For more information and other giving options, please contact:

Annie Muscato, IFAS Extension Development
PO Box 110170, Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 352.392.5424 | Fax: 352.392.5115 | Email: afmuscato@ufl.edu


Year-End Giving

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We are grateful for all the support for students, faculty, research, and Extension we received over the past year, and look forward to what 2017 has in store. From our outstanding students to our cutting-edge research, you know you can expect great things from IFAS.

In this season of giving, please consider supporting a UF/IFAS area that is important to you.

  • To give online > See a list of UF/IFAS funds on our website.
  • To give by phone > The secure UF donation phone line is 877-351-2377.
  • To give by mail > Checks may be mailed to:
UF/IFAS Advancement
P.O. Box 110170
Gainesville, FL 32611
Please make checks payable to the University of Florida Foundation.
Include your preferred area of support in the memo line.
In order to receive tax credit for the 2016 calendar year, your gift must be postmarked on or before December 31 or submitted via the online giving link by 11:59 pm on December 31. Thank you!

Florida 4-H Gator Soirée

low-qual-4UF/IFAS faculty, staff, industry leaders and 4-H alumni and friends came together at University House on the evening of November 18 to enjoy the company of fellow 4-H supporters and 4-H musical talent at the second annual Florida 4-H Gator Soirée. The proceeds of this fundraising event will be used to support Florida 4-H University 2017.

Every summer, youth from across Florida travel to the UF campus to learn, lead and serve at UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Youth Development Program’s flagship program, UF/IFAS Florida 4-H University. 4-H University features workshops led by faculty, and helps youth discover educational and career opportunities, all while experiencing the land-grant university.

Dr. Kent Fuchs, President of the University of Florida, spoke at the event about the impact 4-H has had on his life, and shared one of his mother’s 4-H record books, proudly stating, “I am a product of 4-H.” In addition, longtime 4-H supporter Betty Jo Tompkins was honored with the 2016 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. Florida 4-H State Council President Gabi Sullivan also spoke about the impacts 4-H has had on her life.

“By investing in Florida’s youth, we ensure future generations of citizen leaders ready to make a difference in our communities, state and nation,” said Caylin Hilton, assistant director of strategic operations for UF/IFAS Advancement. “We are thankful to our 4-H Gator Soirée sponsors and attendees for their support of Florida’s 4-Hers.”

A special thanks to Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Sugar Cane League, Farm Credit of Florida and 4-H Foundation Board Member Mrs. Colleen McCreary as top supporters of the Soiree and Florida 4-H University 2017.

Click here to support 4-H University!












Arthur Soudijn, left, presenting the $50,000 check from the Marc Neil Soudijn Research Foundation to Dr. Michael Rogers of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Foundation at the 2016 International Citrus and Beverage Conference.

On September 23, 2016, the Marc Neil Soudijn Research Foundation presented a $50,000 check to the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) in support of citrus greening research. The gift was made in honor of Mr. Marc Soudijn, an alumnus of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), and his passion for the Florida citrus industry.

Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that causes fruit to remain green and bitter. The disease has become a serious threat to the Florida citrus industry, contaminating groves throughout the state. Researchers are still searching for an effective cure for this disease, which is also known as HLB.


The 2016 International Citrus and Beverage Conference in Clearwater, Florida.

The Soudijn Foundation’s donation will specifically be directed toward Dr. Yu Wang’s citrus flavor chemistry research program, which focuses on aroma and taste of fruits and herbs.  Flavor chemistry is an often overlooked segment of citrus greening research, and the hope is that Dr. Wang’s research may reveal ways to make use of fruit from groves touched by citrus greening.

Dr. Michael Rogers, Director of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), accepted the check from the foundation’s president, Arthur Soudijn, at the 2016 International Citrus and Beverage Conference in Clearwater, Florida.


In response to Hurricane Matthew’s forecasted impacts to the State of Florida, we are cancelling this weekend’s UF/IFAS events to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. This action is being taken after thoughtful consideration and in consultation with IFAS and university leadership and staff.

This cancellation includes the SHARE Council Lunch/Meeting, dinner-of-distinction-2016-award-winnersBehind-The-Scenes Tour and Dinner of Distinction on Friday and the CALS TailGATOR on Saturday. We look forward to seeing everyone at other events throughout the state.

We are currently working on plans to honor and celebrate the achievements of this year’s awardees at times and places most appropriate and convenient for the award recipients and their families.

The UF Foundation Board and multiple colleges have also made the decision to cancel their planned events. UAA has not released a decision in regards to Saturday’s football game.

For anyone who has submitted a registration payment you may:

  • Generously designate your registration payment as a gift to support UF/IFAS (tax-deductible contribution; gift receipt will be issued)
  • Request reimbursement of payment

Please contact Caylin Hilton at cnewbern@ufl.edu in regards to your registration payment. If no response is received by Oct 21 we will assume that your payment is meant to be designated as a charitable gift and we will process it accordingly.

Many also generously made a gift to support CALS Ambassador attendance; these gifts will be used to support activities of the CALS Ambassador student program. Please contact Caylin Hilton with any questions.

Thank you for your continued commitment to UF/IFAS and our state. For those who will be impacted by this storm, you are in our thoughts. Stay safe and we will see you soon.

Jack Payne
Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cody Helmer
Executive Director
UF/IFAS Advancement