AgEBB-MU CAFNR Extension

David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

November 30, 2018

Greene County Extension "Friends Campaign" for
2019 Begins with Letter to 3,000 Community Supporters

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Greene County Extension Council has announced the start of its 2019 "Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign." Letters to past donors and other supporters of Greene County Extension were mailed out the second week of November.

The 2019 "Friends of Greene County Extension" campaign goal is $25,000 cash.

"Thanks to the hundreds of people throughout the community who have invested in the local extension office through our friend's campaign since 2011," said David Burton, county engagement specialist with MU Extension in Greene County.

Individuals interesting in supporting local extension programs can now donate online at Checks can also be mailed be made out to Greene County MU Extension and mailed to 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65807.

"I also want to thank the Greene County taxpayers and the Greene County Commissioners for providing excellent Extension office space in the Botanical Center. This location makes it possible for Extension to bring excellent programing to the residents of Greene County. It also provides a place for the public to take advantage of many Extension services. What a great partnership we enjoy with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and with the Greene County Commission," said Burton.

But tax dollars are not enough. To meet the budget for 2019, the local office will need to generate nearly 50 percent of its revenue via class fees and donations. The Greene County Extension Council is non-profit, and gifts are tax deductible.

Individuals or businesses wanting to support the organization at a higher level can become a presenting sponsor for all of 2019 with a gift of $1,500.

"Being a presenting sponsor for our programs offers a unique opportunity at the reasonable price of $1,500 for 12 months," said Burton. "This is an excellent marketing opportunity that brings recognition to the sponsor and support to the local extension office."

Presenting sponsors are listed on advertisements, media releases, and promotions of the major programs offering by Greene County Extension during the year. All presenting sponsors are also listed on event flyers, the Greene County Extension monthly newsletter, and the weekly email blast that goes out to over 10,000 subscribers in southwest Missouri.

Burton explains that many businesses sponsor individual programs or events to target specific audiences at a smaller price.

"The presenting sponsor package helps the extension office with event planning and marketing, but it also gives the sponsor access to the thousands of people we reach during the year with our marketing and our programs," said Burton.

Greene County Extension annually hosts fee-based programs with an attendance of over 1,500 people. Over 48,000 county residents accessed programs through Greene County Extension in 2018. Marketing efforts by the extension office for these programs reach over 100,000 a year.

"Everything we do is focused on meeting our ten-year goal," said Burton.

The goal reads: Greene County MU Extension will help county businesses create or save 5,000 jobs, individually educate 500,000 county residents on topics improving their families, farms, and nutrition, and train 1,500 new community leaders and volunteers by 2030.

Since 1914, Greene County residents have sought help from Greene County Extension on topics related to agriculture, gardening, 4-H youth, nutrition, cooking, families, housing and business and community development. Now individuals can make a positive impact by giving monetarily to the Greene County Extension Center to support Extension programs in 2018 and 2019.

More information is available at or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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