ERIC Number: ED233756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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An Investigation of Characteristics of Successful Community College Foundations.
Community college foundations came into their own in the mid-1970's as a means of helping colleges achieve their missions and goals through community involvement and alternative fundraising and resource development. By 1978, 546 of 1,037 public community colleges had active or inactive foundations. The literature on these organizations suggests that the characteristics of successful foundations include strong public relations with the community; involvement of community leaders; organized, well-defined planning; a significant amount of funds raised; personal solicitations; a full-time professional assigned to resource development activities; and preparation of a clear and compelling case statement. Based on the experiences of community colleges in California and throughout the country with successful foundations, the folowing conclusions can be drawn regarding their development and organization: (1) legalization is a critical first phase; (2) a needs assessment should be conducted based on the mission and goals of the college; (3) a plan, timetable, and case statement should be developed to obtain funding and resources to satisfy the college's needs; (4) funding sources should be identified and potential donors should be involved; and (5) only campaign methods which maximize foundation objectives should be used. (LL)
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, Pepperdine University.