Educational Institutions

Maricopa County Community College District Foundation

aka Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation

Tempe, AZ


We boldly impact our communities through innovative and strategic partnerships for the growth and benefit of the Maricopa Community Colleges, its students, faculty, and staff.

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President & CEO

Ms Christina Schultz

Main Address

2419 W 14TH St

Tempe, AZ 85281 USA


community colleges, scholarships, education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Community/Junior College (B41)

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Maricopa County Community Colleges District Foundation was incorporated in 1977 as a domestic, nonprofit corporation for scientific, charitable, educational, and research purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its goal is to accomplish fund raising in support of the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. Since its first fund raising event in 1982, the Foundation has given more than $30 million in scholarships to District students.

Currently, the Foundation is immersed in two fund raising initiatives: the $50 million Campaign for Student Success and the $14 million Veterans' Success Project.
1. The Campaign for Student Success supports student success in three thematic areas: Scholarships, Faculty/Staff Innovation; and Community partnerships to expand opportunities for students.
2. The Veterans' Success Project will create an endowment to support the veterans' centers on all 10 campuses, the East Valley Veterans' Center, and the new West Valley Veterans' Center. These Centers provide case management, scholarships, books, housing, resume writing, financial literacy, transitional classes, child care, and emergency needs to veterans.

The Foundation accomplishes its fund raising goals in several ways: 1) through the activities of cultivating relationships with major donors in the community and with businesses and corporations; 2) through the annual Heroes of Education event that honors those who have a proven personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities; and 3) through targeted grant applications to private and corporate foundations.

To help people from all segments of the community attend college, Maricopa Community College Foundation offers scholarships for all Maricopa students, plus the tuition in the Maricopa County Community Colleges District is affordable by design. The District also provides conduits to higher education for high school students through its:
• Two charter high schools,
• Collaborations with high schools in the region for the District's dual enrollment program, and
• Nationally recognized Achieving a College Education (ACE) program, which encourages underrepresented students to graduate high school and complete college degrees.

These programs help high school students attain college credits before graduation, saving them money and maximizing their time in working toward their educational goals. Success in college is further supported by having all new degree-seeking students participate mandatory experiences derived from best practices that support retention and completion. Then, District developmental education programs help approximately 60 percent of entering students who need remediation in reading, math, or English skills.
Some of the District's most popular majors are technology studies. The District offers 25 Associates in Applied Sciences degrees and 64 Certificates of Completion in technology disciplines.

The Foundation has a strong history of fund raising in support of the District, and the District has a long-standing reputation for developing innovative programs and strategies for serving students in this large, highly-populated county.

The Chancellor, the campuses, and individual faculty and staff of the District have all won awards for excellence in education, leadership, and diversity programs. For example, in November 2016, alone, the Maricopa Community Colleges were recognized by Equality Arizona for the SafeSpace workshop series, receiving the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award. That same month, Valley Leadership, a professional development organization in Phoenix, honored the Chancellor with the Woman of the Year Award. Also in November, Gateway Community College, one of the campuses participating in the Ultimate Technology Summer Camp, received the 100K Strong in the Americas Innovation Award, which is part of President Obama's signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere to increase student mobility throughout the Americas.

Foundation staff track donations, maintain copies of the agreements, budgets and donor and alumni records developed in connection with the requirements of the gifts, report to the donor upon the use of the gift, and otherwise provide stewardship activities to honor donors' intentions and to maintain strong relationships. Staff must also meet obligations according to the Foundation's document retention policy and protect donor confidentiality.

Foundation staff work closely with District Office staff to coordinate fund raising activities, acceptance of grant awards, and grant budget management. They also work closely with project and program staff on the campuses and at the skill centers and with faculty who seek funding support or to manage scholarship applications and disbursements. Development staff on the campuses coordinate requests with Foundation staff and enter funding requests in the tracking software used by the Foundation to track solicitations and awards. At the end of a grant period, Foundation staff, working with campus development staff, faculty, and leadership, report to grant makers on the use and impacts of grant funds.

The Campaign for Student Success has achieved 85 percent ($45.6 million) of its goal of $50 million.

After one year, the Veterans' Success Project has raised $605,845 toward its goal of $14 million goal, and the momentum is increasing with towns and cities, as well as private individuals and businesses, contributing financially and with Advisory Committee volunteers. Luke Air Force Base donated the use of a building on its property outside the main gate for the West Valley Veterans' Center. The members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation are on the Advisory Board along with many community members from all sectors. This project will be a model of veteran success in service delivery and systemic transformation.

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Maricopa County Community College District Foundation

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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