On behalf of the Network of California Community Foundations (NCCCF) Board of Directors, I want to say thank you for being part of our network. We have all learned a lot (sometimes the hard way) about how to retain and build community support for our students and institutions through the crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every crisis brings opportunity, and the bright spot for me personally has been the amount of creativity, reinvention, and experimentation we have brought to our work as we navigate these challenges together.
NCCCF is no exception. Our network has been hard at work reinventing itself. As you know, we are no longer in a formal partnership with CASE, and have been experimenting with new ways of communicating and supporting each other across the vast geography of our home state.
You will see some of the highlights, as well as some of the opportunities below. From the largest private gift in history for community colleges ($100M from the Jay Pritzker Foundation) to the new presidential administration putting community colleges front and center in the national dialog, to the many experiments in emergency aid and basic needs support for our students, this is an exciting time.
I look forward to working alongside you all as we continue to build support for our nation’s largest system of higher education.Calling all community college fundraising professionals! Professional development roundtables provide Network members with an informal setting to collectively explore "hot topics" in the community college advancement arena. Hosts will facilitate a focused, informed and interactive discussion. You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Use this opportunity to learn from your colleagues, offer your proven strategies and keep your finger on the pulse.
President, NCCCF Board of Directors
CEO Santa Barbara City College Foundation
This gift from the Jay Pritzker Foundation will help eliminate regional educational gaps through distribution of emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected hardships and scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish line goal.
The story: $100 Million Donation Committed to Foundation for California Community Colleges to Help Students Finish College
Eligibility and access to funding: Finish Line Scholars Program
Talking points for all of us can be found in the member "Document exchange" on the Network website.
Professional development roundtables provide Network members with an informal setting to collectively explore "hot topics" in the community college advancement arena.
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Building the will and the skills to serve and affirm our diverse queer and trans students.
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NCCCF is a group of community college fund raisers in California dedicated to improving our collective effectiveness and impact to advance the missions of the California Community Colleges. Members participate in regional roundtables and collaborate with a statewide network of peers through a statewide listserv, plus members have access to an online document-sharing forum.
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The Professional Development Committee is looking for spring roundtable topics of interest and experts to share knowledge. Have a challenge you need help with or a brilliant idea to share? Share your challenge or idea with Shannon Hill to help us create professional development for you, your college CEO, and your board president. Stay tuned!
The Communication and Advocacy Committee is working on updates to the NCCCF website. Do you have a brilliant idea to share on how the site can be improved? What support and information would you like to have at your fingertips? Contact Anne King and let her know your ideas.
The Federal Payroll Protection Program is now accepting applications for both the first and second round through March 31, 2021 on a first come, first serve basis. These forgivable loan applications are submitted through your local lender.
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The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) has announced the 2021 Real Estate Education Grants Program for projects that promote, enhance, or advance the proficiency of real estate practitioners through real estate courses provided by California community colleges. Up to $103,000 in total grant funds will be awarded in 2021. Application submissions are open until April 9, 2021.