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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Continuing your legacy through endowment funds

Planting seeds for gardening success: Pam Hartley has created a new endowment fund at the U of M Foundation to support educational programming for the statewide Master Gardener volunteer program. In addition, she has included this endowment fund as part of her estate planning. Pam has served as a dedicated Master Gardener for nearly two decades in Anoka and Ramsey counties, educating residents in sustainable gardening practices. Read more about Pam’s fund.

The John “Jack” Morris Livestock Judging Fund is being established to to honor Jack’s longtime legacy with the Minnesota 4-H Livestock Judging Program. Jack’s career with Extension began in 1965 in Pope County as an agricultural educator, yet he always found time for one of his passions–working with 4-H livestock judging teams. Critical thinking, problem solving and public speaking were important skills being developed by 4-H youth, many of whom have gone on to successful careers. This endowment will recognize volunteers, program coordinators and judging coaches who work with the 4-H judging programs through new and innovative ways to recruit volunteers and increase participation.

The Jean W. Bauer Fund: Jean Bauer (1944-2012), U of M family social science professor and Extension specialist, was a highly respected leader and mentor. Her innovative research and resolute leadership benefited low-income rural families and furthered academic knowledge. “Greater Minnesota was her classroomshe loved being out in the counties, studying how families could make ends meet,” says her husband Marvin Bauer. This fund supports Extension program initiatives in family economics including basic financial literacy programming, public policy education regarding families struggling with limited incomes, development of online resources, and Extension staff professional development in family economics. Marvin has made a generous pledge of support to start fundraising for this fund, and to encourage others to contribute.

For more information about these funds, or to contribute, please contact Jane Johnson, Extension development officer, at or 612-626-3717.
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