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Welcome to 4-H
Community Club Central
Thank you for your commitment to 4-H community clubs!
4-H Community Club Central provides a variety of resources to 4-H
Club Leadership teams. Feel free to utilize these resources in your
ever-important role of club leadership.
4-H Charter and Annual Renewal Process
A 4-H Charter indicates the 4-H Club or Group is organized in accordance with objectives of the 4-H program. The University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension grants 4-H Charters which formally authorizes the 4-H Club or Group to use the 4-H Name and Emblem for educational purposes in accordance with laws and regulations established by Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- The purpose of the 4-H Charter is education, communication and accountability.
- All 4-H Clubs must be chartered, are required to have an EIN number and submit a financial record audit report to the County UW-Extension Office once each year.
- All 4-H Groups (including committees, boards or other organizations) that hold any financial accounts must be chartered. If a 4-H Group does not hold financial accounts, it must be formally recognized and accountable to the County 4-H Leaders Organization.
- The 4-H Charter allows the Club or Group to qualify for federal tax exempt status under the UW-Extension General Exemption Number (GEN) for Wisconsin 4-H Clubs and Groups.
- A 4-H Charter is given to a new 4-H Club or Group as they are formed and meeting the requirements of a 4-H Club or Group. The successful completion of the 4-H Charter Application begins this process.
- 4-H Charters are renewed annually and will be granted upon successful completion of the 4-H Charter Annual Renewal packet. This packet is due to the 4-H Youth Development Educator by November 1 or an earlier date as determined by the Educator.
- Requirements for a 4-H Club and chartered Groups are listed in the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Policies at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/resources/policies/index.cfm .
The Wisconsin 4-H Charter Application and Renewal packet provides timely communication between 4-H volunteers, Clubs and Groups and the 4-H Youth Development Educator. This ensures timely database updates resulting in better communication. The 4-H Charter Application and Annual Renewal packet provides the documentation of educational activities of the 4-H Club or Group/Committee needed for liability coverage for 4-H volunteers and members, program impact evaluation and educational planning. And finally, the 4-H Charter Application and Annual Renewal packets provide documentation of compliance by 4-H Clubs and Groups with EEO and ADA guidelines, civil rights laws and accountability of handling 4-H money appropriately including IRS rules.
The 4-H Charter Completion Guide (82KB) provides volunteers assistance in completing the4-H Charter Application and Annual Renewal Packets.
4-H Charter Applications and Renewal forms are reviewed and approved by the 4-H Youth Development Educator and posted on the Wisconsin 4-H Clubs and Groups Data Collection site. Charters certificates or letters of renewal are sent to 4-H clubs and groups that have successfully completed the charter process. Provisional charters are available to a 4-H club or group as they work to meet the necessary requirements of a 4-H Club or Group.
Are your project meetings really making a difference for the 4-H members? Have you ever wondered how to put more punch into the project meeting? Do you know where to go for resources for the project meetings? Check out the resources at the NEW 4-H Project Leader Resources
If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
Associate State Program Director / Volunteer Leadership Specialist