Gateway Technical College Foundation Inc

Supporting education to strengthen our communities

aka Gateway Foundation   |   Kenosha, WI   |  www.gtc.edu/foundation

Mission

The Gateway Technical College Foundation supports the mission of the College by raising community awareness and financial resources, broadening its base of support and providing programs such as scholarships, grants, and funds for educational growth. The Foundation will enhance the College's tradition of excellence by being responsive to its needs and strengthening the vitality and well-being of the diverse communities it serves.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Dr. Jennifer Charpentier

Main address

3520 30th Ave

Kenosha, WI 53144 USA

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EIN

39-1290708

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To thrive, our community needs a skilled workforce and community members need family-supporting jobs and careers. Gateway Technical College delivers industry-focused education that is flexible, accessible, and affordable for our diverse community. As affordable as Gateway Technical College is, some community members need financial support to make their education possible. Gateway Technical College Foundation is Gateway Technical College's institutionally-related Foundation. As a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation secures and stewards private gifts and partners with the College to help deliver its promise of making life-changing educational opportunities a reality.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarships

Gateway Foundation Scholarships are for students entering or continuing their studies at Gateway Technical College. Student applicants must meet criteria established by the donor and the Foundation. The Foundation offers several application time frames including one for high school students who will direct enroll in Gateway, one for New Adult Learners who have not recently graduated from a teen-focused high school, and one for Continuing Students for students who have completed at least three (3) credits at the College.
Applicants are selected by a review committee who evaluate the student application based upon established criteria. Scholarships may fund tuition, fees, books, or supplies.

Population(s) Served
Students

Student Emergency Funds are for students who are facing an unexpected, unanticipated event that can derail their Gateway College graduation. As part of helping students to solve problems and reduce their barriers to succeeding at Gateway, students are required to visit with a Student Finance Specialist at Gateway. One of potential ways to work through the emergency, students may apply for Student Emergency Funds. Funds are typically allocated once during the student’s Gateway career and are issued to a third party such as a gas or grocery card, landlord auto mechanic or public transportation. Students may also use the funds for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

Population(s) Served
Students

Introduced in 2016, the Gateway Promise helps high school students in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties realize their dreams of attending college and begin their path to career and personal success.

The Gateway Promise is targeted to low-income high school seniors in the Gateway district who graduate on-time and meet academic requirements. It is a multi-year commitment by the College and Gateway Foundation to ensure that all tuition and fee costs are covered for eligible students for three years (6 semesters).

This comprehensive program places unique requirements on students to get into and graduate from their declared program.

Additionally, the Gateway Promise Program includes case management and required attendance at academic planning support, job readiness and career planning workshops, international and/or service learning projects.

Population(s) Served
Students

For those who have have not yet earned their GED or high school equivalency, completed at least 12 hours in the Adult Basic Education Centers in preparation for taking the GED exams, indicate financial need, and meet other requirements, the Foundation will fund the cost of the four subject area tests plus the civics exam.

Population(s) Served

Promise 2 Finish provides adults who have earned 12 or more college credits and have been out of college for at least two years the opportunity to finish their degree tuition-free. Students must be admitted to Gateway Technical College and meet financial aid requirements to be considered for the program. Once admitted to the Promise 2 Finish program, students must maintain academic progress and other scholastic requirements.

Population(s) Served

The Fresh Start to Finish Grant, set up by Gateway Technical College in partnership with the Foundation, provides students who have debt with Gateway a way to handle that and return to the life-changing benefits of a degree.
Life barriers such as issues with transportation, childcare, or very tight budgets may have caused the student to drop a class. Because of the timing of the drop, the student may have left Gateway owing the college money.
Students who have a past-due amount to Gateway of more than $200, meet academic criteria, and want to return to the college are eligible for the program. The average past-due amount for students is $600. Many times, the amount owed is more than the student can pay back, yet they are unable to enroll for classes at Gateway with a past-due amount on their record.
This program aims to increase access and degree completion for students re-entering the college who have prior debts. Fresh Start to Finish helps reduce the financial barrier by providing offsetting grants to forgive up to $1,500 in unpaid prior student debt owed to Gateway. The debt is repaid over three semesters, while students must successfully complete each semester and maintain at least a cumulative 2.0-grade point average.

Population(s) Served
Students
Students
Students

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We strengthen and grow our relationships with mission-aligned community partners to meet the philanthropic funding needs of Gateway student educational opportunities and College initiatives.

As our focus is to grow relationships in the community on behalf of Gateway's students and the College, our Foundation Board of Directors recently determined the following goals for the next four years. We are in the process of establishing benchmarks and continuing best practices.

We seek to increase the funds we grant to Gateway College students to help more student achieve their educational goals and dreams.

Strategic Intentions for FY 2021-FY2022
1. Grow contributed funds and the number of donors by diversifying our donors.
2. Build the capacity and capability of Foundation volunteers to inspire more community members to engage with the Foundation mission through time, talent, and treasure.
3. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the Foundation's ongoing building of relationships and fostering opportunities.
4. Grow the number of students who access Foundation direct aid programs/initiatives and ensure it is reflective of our student population and the community.
5. Increase alumni engagement with the Alumni Association and the Foundation.
6. Grow the endowment through increasing dollars and donors.

Strategic Intentions for FY 2023-FY2024
1. Grow contributed funds and the number of donors by diversifying our donors.
2. Grow the number of students who access Foundation direct aid programs/initiatives and ensure it is reflective of our student population and the community.
3. Increase alumni engagement with the Alumni Association and the Foundation.
4. Grow the endowment through increasing dollars and donors.
5. Build the capacity and capability of Foundation volunteers to inspire more community members to engage with the Foundation mission through time, talent, and treasure.
6. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the Foundation's ongoing building of relationships and fostering opportunities.

Gateway Technical College and Gateway Technical College Foundation engage in a strong partnership to meet the needs of Gateway students and the communities we serve. The Foundation is well-aligned with the College's vision, mission, and initiatives.
Gateway Technical College is a nationally recognized leader in providing career and technical education. As our community's 2-year college, it builds vital relationships with industry, K12, and higher education institutions, not-for-profits, workforce and economic development organizations to meet the needs of our community. With more than 110 years of serving our community, Gateway is well-positioned to deliver on its mission and vision.
The Foundation Board of Directors are engaged, skilled, and committed community leaders from across Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties of Wisconsin who represent a broad range of industries and sectors. The Foundation also benefits from a dedicated group of volunteers who bring their leadership and skills to committee work and other projects.
Gateway Technical College provides in-kind support to the Foundation in the form of staff compensation and management as well as a modest budget. This providing of key infrastructure allows the Foundation to focus its energies on providing its programs and delivering on its mission.
The Foundation strives to operate by continually improving upon its work as well as using industry best practices.
In addition to the on-going resources the Foundation secures, it also stewards a $13M endowment.
For more than 40 years, Gateway Foundation has provided direct-aid to Gateway students and support to Gateway Technical College initiatives.

We are excited to share we recently engaged in creating a strategic plan to help us focus on the next four years of the Foundation's work. The focus of our plan is to strengthen and grow our relationships with mission-aligned community partners to meet the philanthropic funding needs of Gateway student educational opportunities and College initiatives.
The Foundation has grown the dollars given in student direct-aid to more than $420,000 annually. More than 750 students have been helped with their education by Foundation donors.
We have identified our benchmark items and are in the process of uncovering the figures for the benchmarks. We look forward to updating this section in the coming months.

Financials

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Gateway Technical College Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Michele Randall

Randall and Pobar, LLC

Term: 2021 - 2020

John Andreoli

Johnson Keland Management, Inc.

Bruce Battersby

Randstad Technologies (Retired)

Shawn Burwell

Jockey International

Anita Cruise

Merrill-Lynch Wealth Advisors

Amanda Falvey

BRP, Inc.

Fredrick Ganaway

Modine Manufacturing (Retired)

Jody Hart

Complete Office of Wisconsin/Emmons Business Interiors

Matthew Kirchner

Lab Midwest, Inc.

John Kivlin

Convergence Energy

Jane Kurlyo

A & E Tools, Inc.

Thomas Mahoney

State Bank of the Lakes

Ashley Markham

Riley Construction

Judy Melaro-Gavigan

Ascension Employer Services

Mark Molinaro, Jr.

Partners in Design Architects

Mark Naidicz

Abbvie (Retired), Mark Naidicz Consulting, LLC.

Sarah Stehly

Advocate Aurora Health

GeorgAnn Stinson

Stinson & Boss Consulting

Terri Wruck

Snap-on, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.