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Extension Foundation 2021 Mid-Year Update


We are excited to provide you with a mid-year update about the Extension Foundation and our progress towards helping Cooperative Extension (CES) make a greater impact on local issues.

Funding to the Cooperative Extension System (2020-2021)

  • $22.4M in 2020-2021
    • 85% to LGU’s
    • Total of $19M to LGU’s across Extension program areas

Funding Sources (2020-2021):

  • $2M EPA Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP)
    • 85% to LGUs
  • $4.9M USDA-NIFA New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE)
    • 45% to to LGUs
    • 55% to capacity-building solutions
    • Including over $800K to the 7 ECOP Priority Action Teams
  • $8.9M CDC/USDA-NIFA Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE)
    • 95% to LGUs
  • $6.6M received by NTAE and Impact Collaborative teams across health, workforce and Ag & Natural resources
    • 100% to LGUs

Our Impact

  • Allied with ECOP, CDC and USDA-NIFA for the EXCITE $9.9M interagency effort–the Foundation is providing solutions to the programmatic needs for 96 projects; seamlessly delivered 95% of funding to the Cooperative Extension System (CES)–enabling critical education outreach through 72 LGUs for underserved and vaccine-hesitant populations.
  • Delivered NTAE program acceleration and Key Informant services funded by USDA-NIFA through OK State with nine LGUs; Twelve CES projects to date unleashed new funding, expanded resources and private sector partnerships–returned to institutions stronger and ready to deepen community impact.
  • Developed digital infrastructure to support CES during the pandemic–enabling user-generated content, resource-sharing and advertising; created 5K accounts, advertised 2K+ events–engaged 2.1M public with CES content across the country.
  • Launched first ever National Registry of CES Programs and Assets–registered 150 programs in the first two months to speed up collaboration and access to a living database of efforts nationwide–supports rapid-response to system-wide funding opportunities (e.g., EXCITE).
  • Bolstered collaboration among 52 LGU Pesticide Safety Education Programs–delivered $1M in EPA funding to 52 LGUs, average award of $18K while expanding capacity for applicator training and safe application.
  • Actively supporting the incubation of innovation for 57 member institutions; 250+ CES project teams served; 175 facilitators trained; $6M+ in funding awarded to Impact Collaborative teams.
  • Connecting three institutions to realize 1890’s capacity-building academy; coordinated 24 innovation coaches to assist 15 teams; presented 20 virtual sessions for 2nd cohort–improved five aspects of team effectiveness by 6.2% average in six months, hit 96% satisfaction rating; offering regional assistantship for 3rd cohort.

Extension Foundation History

Created by Extension Directors and Administrators starting in 2001, Extension Foundation facilitates and supports the success of Extension professionals and systems. The bylaws state the Foundation’s purpose is: Helping Cooperative Extension professionals make a visible and measurable impact on local issues. A timeline of our history including the logo change from eXtension to the Extension Foundation is available here.

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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. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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