4-H Charter Documents

last updated 3/8/18

4-H Charter and Annual Renewal Process

 A 4-H Charter indicates the 4-H Club or Group is organized in accordance with the objectives of the 4-H program. The University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension grants 4-H Charters which formally authorizes the 4-H Club or Group to use the 4-H Name and Emblem for educational purposes in accordance with laws and regulations established by Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • The purpose of the 4-H Charter is education, communication and accountability.
  • All 4-H Clubs must be chartered, are required to have an EIN number and submit a financial record audit report to the County UW-Extension Office once each year.
  • All 4-H Groups (including committees, boards or other organizations) that hold any financial accounts must be chartered.  If a 4-H Group does not hold financial accounts, it must be formally recognized and accountable to the County 4-H Leaders Organization.
  • The 4-H Charter allows the Club or Group to qualify for federal tax exempt status under the UW-Extension General Exemption Number (GEN) for Wisconsin 4-H Clubs and Groups.
  • A 4-H Charter is given to a new 4-H Club or Group as they are formed and meeting the requirements of a 4-H Club or Group.  The successful completion of the 4-H Charter Application begins this process.
  • 4-H Charters are renewed annually and will be granted upon successful completion of the 4-H Charter Annual Renewal packet.
  • Requirements for a 4-H Club and chartered Groups are listed in the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Policies.

The Wisconsin 4-H Charter Application and Renewal packet provides timely communication between 4-H volunteers, Clubs and Groups and the 4-H Youth Development Educator. The 4-H Charter Application and Annual Renewal packet provides the documentation of educational activities of the 4-H Club or Group/Committee needed for liability coverage for 4-H volunteers and members, program impact evaluation and educational planning. And finally, the 4-H Charter Application and Annual Renewal packets provide documentation of compliance by 4-H Clubs and Groups with EEO and ADA guidelines, civil rights laws and accountability of handling 4-H money appropriately including IRS rules. The Charter Completion Guide provides volunteers assistance in completing the 4-H Charter Application and Annual Renewal packets, which can be found below. Note that the Charter forms posted below are fillable PDF. You have the option to open the file, fill out the form, save the form and email the document (instructions below) OR you may print the form, write in the information and send it to the county UW-Extension office.


Please Note:  All completed charter documents (*) must be received by the Columbia County 4-H Office no later than October 18, 2018.  If any changes or additions need to be done, they will be returned to clubs/groups at the mandatory Leaders Council training on October 18th.  These documents will be looked over and a determination will be made as to their completeness.  If they are incomplete, you will advised what is needed on October 25th.  If returned to you, the completed charter documents will be due on or before November 1st.  All of the required documents are located on this page.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer or Pat. 

Pat Wagner, 608-742-9685; pat.wagner@ces.uwex.edu

Jennifer Evans, 608-742-9687; jennifer.evans@ces.uwex.edu

* Return documents with an asterisk.

* 4-H Charter Completion Guide.updated.2017 (PDF, 2 pages, 291 KB)

*Charter-Annual-Renewal-Update-2.2018 (Word, 9 pages, 90 KB) (use this one or next one, not both)

* Charter-Annual-Renewal-Update-2.2018-Fillable-PDF (PDF, 9 pages, 950 KB) (use this one or above, not both)

* 4H Group Leadership Information (PDF, 1 page, 258 KB)

* Web Page Information (PDF, 1 page, 61 KB)

* Determining Tax Exempt Status (PDF, 1 page, 695 KB)


  Annual Financial Report Annual Accounting Report FAQ (Oct 2014) (PDF, 4 pages, 202 KB)
(Questions and answers commonly asked about annual financial requirements)

Fact Sheet 5 – Audits for 4-H Clubs and Groups (Apr 2012) (PDF, 2 pages, 130 KB)

Fact Sheet 6 – 4-H Annual Financial Report (Apr 2012) (PDF, 3 pages, 180 KB)


Other Fact Sheets and Miscellaneous Help:

Fact Sheet 1 – Money Basics (Apr 2012) (PDF, 2 pages, 139 KB)

Fact Sheet 2 – Financial Accountability (Apr 2012) (PDF, 2 pages, 116 KB)

Fact Sheet 3 – Managing 4-H Money (Apr 2012) (PDF, 2 pages, 129 KB)

Fact Sheet 4 – 4-H Fundraising (Apr 2012) (PDF, 2 pages, 102 KB)

Fact Sheet 7 – Excess Funds and a 5-Year Plan (Apr 2012) (PDF, 3 pages, 120 KB)

Acknowledging Charitable Donations (Feb 2007) (PDF, 2 pages, 49 KB)

Considering Expenditures of Over $500, Capital Equipment and Gifts (PDF, 2 pages, 103 KB)