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Getting Started with Extension Foundation - CLRFS Open Forum

This season's Community, Local and Regional Food Systems online open forum topic is Getting Started with Extension Foundation. The Extension Foundation will share an overview of its mission and history, including its transition from eXtension to the operating Foundation that it is today. The presentation will also include what tools, services, and professional/leadership development offerings are available to Land-grant universities, a discussion about the Extension Foundation’s national funded programs and technical services, and its progress on helping Cooperative Extension make a greater impact on local issues.

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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. 

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