ERIC Number: ED407045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
California Community College Foundations Fund Raising Approaches.
Piland, William E.
Foundation Development Abstracts, v3 n1 Mar 1993
Due to the instability of state funding, California's community colleges have turned to the foundation as a source of alternative fundraising and resource development. To gather data on the foundations in place at California community colleges, a survey was conducted of 50 foundation directors, focusing on how their foundations raised money, what this money was used for, obstacles faced, and other pertinent information. Results of the study, based on responses from 48 directors, included the following: (1) 78% of foundations emphasized raising immediate cash rather than planned-giving programs; (2) 73% of the foundations had paid staff; (3) the president of the college sat on the foundation's board at 92% of the colleges; (4) while the mean amount of raised money in the 1990-91 fiscal year was $458,303, amounts ranged from a low of $0 to a high of $4 million; and (5) 96% of the foundations expended money they raised on student scholarships. No significant differences were found in the responses with respect to college size or location, while a significant difference was found for the existence of paid staff, with foundations having paid staff using personal solicitation and direct mail more often than other foundations. Recommendations for improving foundations' efforts include hiring a professional staff; incorporating a long-range component of planned giving; and involving administrators, faculty, and student leaders. (HAA)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Network of California Community Coll. Foundations, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.