Thursday, October 31, 2013

Greene County Extension “Friends Campaign” for 2014 Begins with Letter to 3,000 Community Supporters

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Greene County Extension Council has announced the start of the 2014 “Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign.” Letters to past donors and other supporters of Greene County Extension will go out the second week of November but the campaign has already received a nice boost.

Lisa Bakerink, president of Friends of the Garden, presented the Greene County Extension Council with a contribution of $1,028 from Friends of the Garden on Sept. 30. Other council members and the Ozarks Hosta Society have since donated helping the initial investment in the 2014 campaign exceed $3,000.

October 1 was the important kickoff date for the 2014 "Friends of Greene County Extension" fundraising campaign. The 2014 goal is $30,000 cash, less than a 10% increase in cash collections from 2013.

“Thanks to Master Gardeners, Friends of the Garden members and many others throughout the community who invested in the first successful development campaign which ended Sept. 30,” said George Deatz, vice-chair of the Greene County Extension Council.

Updated donor lists and information about the 2014 campaign can be found online at Individuals interesting in supporting local Extension efforts can now donate online from that same website.

“We also want to thank the Greene County taxpayers and the Greene County Commissioners for providing excellent Extension office space in the Botanical Center. This  location enables Extension to bring excellent programing to the residents of Greene County and the region. It also provides a place for the public to take advantage of many  Extension services. What a great partnership we enjoy with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board,” said Deatz.

Despite the great location, Greene County Extension has had to develop private donations in order to generate its needed operational funds. Development efforts in 2013 resulted in contributions of $27,662 in cash and in-kind gifts equal to $11,776.

“Over the last few years we have seen Greene County funding drop to the 1961 state mandated minimum of $10,000. This is not enough to continue office operations,” said Deatz.

Since 1914, Greene County residents have sought help from Greene County Extension on topics related to agriculture, gardening, 4-H youth, nutrition, cooking, families, housing and business and community development. Now you can make a positive impact by giving monetarily to the Greene County Extension Center to support Extension programs in 2014. More information is available at or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


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