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We appreciate your support!


Invest for impact, invest in Orleans! Your donations raise buildings, provide educational opportunities, and change lives. Our organization is a reflection of the dedication and commitment that our community has made to agriculture, youth, and families. We have made great strides, but there is so much more to do!

Please consider making a donation to Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension to:

  • 4-H Club Activities. Donate $500 annually to sponsor a 4-H Club. Your sponsorship will purchase supplies, materials, and equipment needed for youth projects and offset travel expenses to learn about our community and world.
  • Master Gardener Activities. Donations to the Master Gardener program fund training and development opportunities for Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners support the diagnostic lab, give educational workshops, and enhance gardens in our community. Helping them gain knowledge and skills to share with our community is essential to helping our community thrive.
  • Facility Improvements. A contribution to the Capital Fund will replace the Trolley Building roof ($23,000); build a new food stand ($100,000+); repair the crumbling parking lot ($14,000); purchase a back-up generator for the Education Center ($4,800); and ensure our facility remains strong for future generations.
  • Community Education Programs. Our community has tremendous potential! Your donations can fund staff and materials to expand out impact. New initiatives that need your support include our Garden-to-Table projects that use gardens as the foundation for healthier life choices, more physical activity, and learning about food science, nutrition, horticulture, and agriculture, and Ag in the Classroom to improve knowledge of agriculture through school partnerships.
  • Regional Agriculture Teams. Our fruit, vegetable, and dairy/livestock/field crops regional agriculture teams generate a large amount of their own funding through grants and services. A donation to one or more of our teams supports staff and research projects that directly benefit our county’s farmers.

How We Grow Your Investment

Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension (OCCCE) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with Orleans County Government, Cornell University, and the national Cooperative Extension System to improve the quality of life in Orleans County. Our mission is to provide relevant, accessible, research-based information to grow confident youth and successful farms & gardens for a strong and healthy Orleans community.

Through County Law 224, our county’s annual appropriation (currently $232,500 for 2016) is matched as a percentage with state funds. The more funding provided by our county legislature, the more funding our state will match and provide to OCCCE. Additionally, the state funds the benefits for all staff, which equates to 55% of all salaries. One dollar invested in staff by Orleans County, immediately returns 60 cents (55 cents in benefits and 5 cents in State 224 funding).

OCCCE owns and operates the land and buildings at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. We utilize the facility to generate revenue (through storage and rental) that pays for about $20,000 in utilities and $11,000 in insurance each year. Upgrades to our facility improve our rental appeal and bring more people to Orleans County.

OCCCE supports volunteer groups that raise funds for youth and horticulture programming. The 4-H Leaders’ Association, Family & Consumer Science Program Development Committee (PDC), Horse PDC, Dog PDC, Fair Committee, Market Auction Committee, Senior Council, Robotics 4-H Club, and Master Gardeners raise funds to support a total budget of about $170,000 each year. Approximately $90,000 of that budget is fair. Their efforts fund educational programs and facility improvements that make a big impact in our community!

OCCCE pursues outside funding opportunities. Our staff write grants and participate in Cornell Cooperative Extension regional and statewide initiatives to bring money and services to Orleans County. For example, the Orleans County United Way is currently funding 4-H projects at OCCCE and federal USDA funding supports our nutrition program. We recently partnered with western county associations to submit an application to the USDA SNAP/Eat Smart NY program and are working on proposals to fund agriculture, horticulture, and youth education programs.

Last updated July 26, 2019