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In This Issue
Give the Gift of Camp
Winter Hullabaloo
4-H Day at the ISU Women's Basketball Game
Year-End Tax Planning
IRA Rollover
3rd Annual Iowa 4-H Gala

Holiday Hours 

Fri, Dec 23 - Closed(Christmas)
Mon, Dec 26 - Closed (Christmas) 
Tues, Dec 27 - 8-12 
Wed, Dec 28 - 8-12 
Thurs, Dec 29 - 8-12 
Fri, Dec 30 - 8-12 
Mon, Jan 2 - Closed (New Years)
Tues, Jan 3 - Resume normal hours

FY11 in Review 

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Funding Opportunities for Iowa's Youth
Give the Gift of Camp  This Christmas Season 
campMake gift giving easier this season by giving the gift of summer camp at the Iowa 4-H Center. Children will meet new friends and make memories that will last a lifetime, something other gifts cannot always do. Choose this healthy choice for your child's Christmas.

The Iowa 4-H Center offers a variety of camps throughout the summer for youth ages 6-17. Visit the Iowa 4-H Center website and complete this form about giving the gift of camp this holiday season.
Winter Hullabaloo at the Iowa 4-H Center  
Do you know a child that had a great time this summer at the Iowa 4-H Center? Do you want them to relive that great experience again this winter? If so, register your child to attend Winter Hullabaloo at the Iowa 4-H Center from December 28-30th.
Click here to learn more>>>

Cheer on the Cyclones: Deadline Dec. 31 

WBBSee the magic of Hilton Coliseum during the 4-H Day at the ISU Women's Basketball Game hosted by the Iowa 4-H Foundation.  Celebrate and connect with 4-H youth, families, staff and volunteers from across the state on Saturday, January 14, 2012, as the Cyclone women face Texas A&M.

Registration deadline for this event is December 31, 2011.

New for 2012, "4-H Leads to Careers" tour hosted by the College of Human Sciences (spots still available). Join in the pre-game fun with a tailgate dinner served from 4:30-7pm at the Scheman Building.  Put on your exclusive 2012 Cyclone/4-H t-shirt and walk over to Hilton Coliseum by 7pm to see the Cyclones take on Texas A&M.  Ticket packages are $20 per person and include admission, tour, t-shirt and tailgate meal. Everyone is invited to attend, so gather your family and friends and head to Ames for an evening of fun and basketball!
 Order tickets here>>>
Year-End Tax Planning  
Don't forget to secure tax deductions for charitableDec 31 gifts.  Generally, you can deduct the full amount of monetary gifts donated to charity if you itemize your tax return.  Gifts by mail must be postmarked no later than December 31 and credit card contributions must be charged by midnight (CST) on December 31.  Landowner farmers should consider gifting grain instead of cash for more tax benefits.  Donations of appreciated stock, real estate, or IRA rollover gifts are some other alternatives to cash. Because everyone's tax situation is different, always consult with your tax advisor before making year-end charitable decisions.

Donate Online by Credit Card
Donate Corn or Soybeans
Consider Noncash Gifts

IRA Rollover  Gifts

Clover 2The Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 permits individuals to rollover up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account ("IRA" or "Roth IRA") directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the qualifying charity as income.

The Act uses the term "qualified charitable distribution" to describe an IRA charitable rollover. A qualified charitable distribution is made directly from a traditional or Roth IRA of an individual who is 70-1/2 or older to an eligible charitable organization. An individual may exclude up to $100,000 from his/her gross income for each tax year for qualified charitable distributions from IRAs.

Effective Date: This legislation is time-limited. To utilize this tax benefit for the 2011 taxable year, you must make the transfer dated (postmarked) by Dec. 31, 2011.

IRA Rollover FAQs
You're Invited to the 3rd Annual Iowa 4-H Gala
Enjoy a fun-filled evening with old and new friends while making a positive impact for youth in Iowa. The 3rd Annual Iowa 4-H Gala will be held at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown on February 25, 2012 and includes a delicious meal, a 4-H program update, live entertainment by the band Freestyle, and many opportunities to further support Iowa's 4-H youth.
Visit the Iowa 4-H Foundation website for more information and register to attend this exciting event.

Event invitation (pdf)>>>
Press release>>>

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