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Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/07/2013: Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC

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AKA  BRCC Educational Foundation
Weyers Cave, VA
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Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/07/2013: Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC

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Also Known As: BRCC Educational Foundation
Physical Address: Weyers Cave, VA 24486 0080
EIN: 54-1328809
Web URL: www.brcc.edu/edfound/ 
Blog URL: community.brcc.edu/link/ 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B40 Higher Education Institutions
B Educational Institutions
B41 Community/Junior College
Ruling Year: 1987 


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Mission Statement

The BRCC Educational Foundation builds community relationships and secures resources to strengthen the programs and services of Blue Ridge Community College.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $1,167,265
Total Expenses $784,393

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Dr. John A Downey

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Dr. John A. Downey, became the fifth President of Blue Ridge Community College on August 1, 2009. Prior to being named President, he served as the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at BRCC for four years. Dr. Downey has also worked at BRCC in both the student services and academic division. Before joining the staff at BRCC in 1992, he worked in the Admissions and Student Activities offices at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.  Dr. Downey received his Bachelor of Arts degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.  He completed his doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Virginia where he was awarded the Annette Gibbs Research Publication Award. John and his wife Sandy live in Harrisonburg and have three daughters.

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Programs

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Budget:
$125,000
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

The Blue Ridge Annual Fund supports projects and programs of the highest priority to Blue Ridge Community College. The Annual Fund is the foundation upon which this crucial private support is built. Investments in the BRCC Annual Fund help to improve the quality of the educational environment for students, faculty, staff and the entire community. The BRCC Educational Foundation uses unrestricted contributions to fund scholarships for students, to support programs of instruction, to support the BRCC Student Outreach and Resource Center, to award mini-grants to faculty members for instructional improvements, and to encourage the members of the College's support staff through professional development opportunities.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

The goal for 2011-12 was $100,000, and as of June 30, 2012, Blue Ridge Annual Fund revenues totaled $125,355, with 100% of Foundation Board of Directors, College Board Members, and Foundation Staff Members participating in achieving this goal. The Blue Ridge Annual Fund Goal for 2012-13 is $125,000.

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During the 2011-12 academic year, the Foundation provided 208 scholarships, totaling $229,578 to 187 deserving BRCC students. Scholarships were provided to students in credit programs as well as children participating in BRCC’s Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program. Many of these scholarships are financial need-based, although the Foundation does maintain a number of scholarships that are merit-based. Awards were made from the Foundation's unrestricted funds (Annual Fund), as well as temporarily restricted funds designated for scholarships by the donors. The BRCC Educational Foundation provided $248,202 in Program Grants, including a $100,000 grant for the new Center for Academic Vision and Excellence at the College (better known as “The CAVE”). The CAVE addresses the need for improved face-to-face connections with students to keep them academically engaged. The mission of The CAVE is to “enhance student academic success by increasing student engagement with academic resources outside the classroom.” Faculty members across a variety of curricula are providing academic guidance and programming in The CAVE. The BRCC Educational Foundation partnered with the community's hospitals to provide $60,000 in financial support to the College's nursing faculty members. These funds allow the nursing program to employ top quality instructors for its program, leading to a strong nursing program that produces highly skilled graduates. The Veterinary Technology program was supported through the purchase of VetScan equipment purchases which will help better prepare Vet Tech graduates to provide exceptional care. Funds were utilized by BRCC student groups - SIFE, and Blue Ridge Christian Fellowship - in support of relief work and child sponsorships in Haiti, as well as mission work in Liberia and with Mercy Ships. The Foundation provided funding for Strategic Initiative Grants, Innovative Instructional Technology grants, professional development for Support Staff members, Faculty Mini-Grants, installation of safety equipment in tractor trailers used in the Commercial Driving Program, emergency financial support for students through the College’s Student Outreach and Resource Center, and the coordination of Welcome Week at the College.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The BRCC Educational Foundation believes that a college education is not just for the wealthy, or for those who have been academically successful in the past, but for all who can benefit and are willing to put forth the effort. Although a BRCC education appears affordable, it is beyond the means of many students and families in our community. A college education is becoming an essential requirement for obtaining a good-paying job and moving up the economic ladder, and scholarships ensure that a college education is financially possible for all who desire it. The satisfaction of making a charitable gift to the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation comes in knowing that you are investing in the lives of individuals and in the quality of life in our community. By investing in the College’s students, faculty and programs, you help ensure excellence in educational programs, training, and services for our community in the future.
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