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4-H Clubs and Financial Accountability

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4-H Clubs or groups are public groups, open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, age disability, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or family status.  Since 4-H is a public organization, it is "owned" by the public, not by individuals the way a private company is owned.  Therefore, the money groups receive from dues and fund-raising events is owned by the group, not by any one member or leader of the group.  The public calls for a higher standard of accountability and integrity for public groups.  For this reason, it is extremely important that all 4-H groups show the source of any money they have raised and how it is disbursed.  Under U.S. Department of Agriculture and Michigan State University guidelines, they county MSU Extension Office is required to keep track of all 4-H financial transactions.

Attached are several links and resources for clubs to use related to financial accountability.