The Extension Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved to enable membership in the Extension Foundation to 1994 Land-grant Universities. The motion was brought forth by the Extension Foundation’s 1994 Region Board Representative, Brian Kowalkowski, Dean of Continuing Education, College of Menominee Nation. A membership model for 1994 Land-grant Universities was unanimously approved.
The Extension Foundation serves all Land-grant Universities in the U.S. through its national funded programs and technical services. 1994 Land-grant Universities have been active participants in our national programs, such as the EXCITE adult immunization program, and receive technical advising services from the Extension Foundation for NEXTGEN proposals. Now, 1994 Land-grant universities can elect to engage as full members of the Extension Foundation to access special benefits. Last year, on average, each membership dollar returned eight dollars back to Land-grant Universities.
Membership services include:
- Unlimited access to the Impact Collaborative. This program combines creative entrepreneurial methodology with Cooperative Extension best practices to deliver innovation and program/project development services to Extension professionals and their community partners, including 70+ annual professional development events. Projects that have participated have gained more than $6M in funding.
- Enhancing Leadership and Team Development. The Extension Foundation helps individuals and teams realize their leadership potential, improve trust and clarity, and overall performance. This includes events such as Personal Leadership Bootcamp, Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue, and many more.
- Our team can connect with members to help diagnose local needs, identify supports or opportunities, fill gaps in planning, and provide strategic expertise as appropriate.
About the Extension Foundation
The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members.