There is a new opportunity available for Glacier County 4-H supporters! The Glacier County 4-H Council has recently established an endowment through the Montana 4-H Foundation. The great news for 4-H supporters is that any donations to the endowment will be eligible for a tax credit. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the actual income tax you owe to the state of Montana, versus a tax deduction that simply reduces your taxable income. 

While the tax credit is great news for 4-H supporters, the great news for 4-H members and leaders is that income from the fund will provide educational and/or leadership opportunities or awards to youth or adults involved in 4-H, at the discretion of the Glacier County 4-H Council. The Glacier County 4-H Council supports 4-H youth development while helping youth “Make the Best Better.”

In the past year, the Glacier County 4-H Council supported 4-H youth in numerous ways. The Council supported community service projects such as the youth led Soup and Bread Luncheon which raised over $700 for the Parkview Senior Center. The Council provided transportation to 4-H camp, which 10 members and four counselors attended. Camp provides a fun way for 4-Hers to develop friendships with other 4-Hers from across the Hi-Line while gaining independence away from home as well. The Council also provided scholarships for youth to attend statewide leadership development events such as Rec Lab and Montana 4-H Congress. In addition, the Council provided support for leader training and materials and also provided awards for the county Communications Contest and Roundtable event which rewards members for their hard work and their ability to complete their projects while reaching their goals

In the past five years, 4-H enrollment in Glacier County has nearly doubled from 41 youth in 2013-14 to 81 youth this past year!  As 4-H continues to grow, continued investment in 4-H youth will be critical to helping instill lifelong skills of leadership, service, work ethic, communication, and responsibility in youth through the influence of caring adults. 

For more details on tax credits, please visit with your accountant and consult the free MSU Extension MontGuide, “Save Montana Income Taxes with a Charitable Gift Annuity.” The MontGuide is available for download on the Glacier County Extension website, or in print from the Extension Office at 1210 E. Main, Cut Bank. To take advantage of this tax credit and support Glacier County 4-H, please mail checks to the Montana 4-H Foundation (P.O. Box 173580, Bozeman, MT 59717) with Glacier County Endowment in the memo. The Glacier County 4-H Council thanks all past and current 4-H friends for their support!

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