El Camino Community College District Foundation

aka El Camino College Foundation   |   Torrance, CA   |  http://www.elcaminocollegefoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the El Camino College Foundation is to develop community relationships and raise funds to support students’ success in education and life.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Andrea Sala

Main address

16007 Crenshaw Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90506 USA

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EIN

95-3874302

NTEE code info

Community/Junior College (B41)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Half of the adults in CA have a college degree or credential; however, growing demand for a more educated workforce requires 60% of adults to have a degree by 2025. That means CA must produce 1.7 million more degrees over the next decade. Producing those degrees will enable CA to retain its competitive edge as the 6th largest economy in the world. The demand for a more educated workforce with the increasing cost of higher education impedes access to college from low to middle income families. College Promise programs can help address this challenge. These community-based programs address college affordability by offering higher education funding for students who live in particular areas. Strong community college programs train skilled workers for the jobs of the future. With the help of the El Camino College Foundation, the South Bay Promise program will enable local students, access to free college tuition and support programs at El Camino College.

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

Scholarships assist students with tuition, fees, textbooks and other educational expenses.

The El Camino College Foundation has numerous established scholarships to which donors may contribute or we can work directly with individuals and corporations interested in establishing a new scholarship.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The South Bay Promise program is available for all high school seniors in the El Camino Community College District. Enrollment fees for two years will be paid for high school graduates who commit to attending El Camino College full-time (12 units) in the fall immediately following graduation, and complete the matriculation steps to help ensure success. The South Bay Promise hopes to attract high school seniors to El Camino College at little or no cost to them.
Through the South Bay Promise, students will go from high school directly to El Camino College with their choice of two pathways: transfer to a four-year university, or career technical education.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Supporting students in all aspects of their education is a priority at El Camino College. The Warrior Pantry is just one of many resources providing vital assistance to those in need.

In 2020, the Warrior Pantry served over 1,300 El Camino College students.

The Warrior Pantry offers healthy food items and toiletries to students to help them succeed in their classwork without distractions caused by food insecurity. The Pantry is currently offering drive-thru and walk-up distribution service.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Steady decline in new donors due to attraction and retention of donors in prior years.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Although overall donors dropped in 2021 (COVID-19 pandemic) total donation dollars increased.

Total dollars received in contributions

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Educating the South Bay is the primary goal at El Camino College. Ensuring a high quality, local talent pool for our workforce, and creating a pathway to four-year universities with a reasonable price tag, is the mission of the South Bay Promise.

In answer to the call for workforce and career development in the South Bay, El Camino College has created the South Bay Promise program to promote a college-going culture in the South Bay community. The rigorous academic programs at El Camino College are building tomorrow's labor force and preparing local students for these careers. Strong community college programs can ensure that a state has the skilled workers trained for the professions of the future, including those in manufacturing that can't be filled due to the skills gap. Leaders in both K-12 and higher education are hailing the College Promise approach as among the most promising strategies to increase college-going rates.

In the fall of 2018, El Camino College will launch its new South Bay Promise program to accommodate 500 students who graduate the prior June from one of the service area high schools, or reside in the El Camino Community College District. Beginning in the fall of 2019, all students, regardless of residential location, will be eligible for the South Bay Promise.

The El Camino College Foundation will be responsible for a comprehensive fundraising campaign to fund the South Bay Promise program. The fundraising goal is to establish a $5M+ endowment, which will support 500+ students per school year, and grow to accommodate more students in subsequent years. The program encourages local students to attend college immediately following high school graduation and commit to full-time status of at least 12 units per semester.

With the introduction of the South Bay Promise, an opportunity exists to make a postsecondary education available to all high school students in the South Bay. By creating accessible and affordable higher education, the South Bay Promise will contribute to economic growth in the South Bay, which benefits local businesses, and creates a sense of community pride. The overall goal of the South Bay Promise program is to attract high school students to community college, therefore, creating a more educated and sustainable local workforce.

At El Camino College, we care about our students' belief in their educational dreams and support them by surrounding them with the resources needed to prosper. Well-funded and forward-looking community colleges are key to a state's competitive future and might be the ultimate hedge against structural unemployment. Just as importantly, these local educational institutions attract new businesses and retain changing industries with a sustainable pipeline of skilled workers creating opportunity for local students.

A highly trained and educated workforce must be present for any industry or business to thrive. Too many businesses today are unable to fill open, well-paying jobs. In fact, there are 2 million job openings in manufacturing alone that can't be filled because employers can't find workers with the skills to do them. This skills gap will continue to grow at an unprecedented pace as advances in technology and other structural factors dramatically impact the labor demands of the U.S. economy. Workers and employers must continuously adapt. Local companies have everything to gain by aligning their interests with local community colleges.

The South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) is a partner in the South Bay Promise working with our local colleges and universities. The SBWIB will provide services to South Bay Promise students to create workplace readiness skills as they transition into college and career. The SBWIB also offers a variety of services including resume building, interview preparedness, leadership/team building, hiring events and recruitment opportunities in the South Bay.

Opening the door financially to a college education is a great start, but more must be done. To help ensure students' success, programs are in place to provide strong connections to El Camino College for South Bay Promise students. To this end, students entering El Camino College through the South Bay Promise will receive the following benefits:

• Priority early registration
• Educational planning
• Guaranteed placement in required English and math classes the first year
• Additional academic counseling services
• Student Support & Success Program involvement to ensure a sense of community
• Guidance and assistance through follow up activities for continuous support

El Camino College and Foundation executives have met (and continue to meet) with all local elected officials, high school administrators, school board representatives, chambers of commerce, private and corporate donors, and community civic organizations, to raise awareness of the South Bay Promise program and seek funding support. To date, over $300K has been raised for the South Bay Promise initiative.

On May 11, 2018, El Camino College hosted a South Bay Promise Signing Ceremony with all the above mentioned representatives. Local media were invited on campus to document the official MOU signing by the nine local school districts and cities which feed into the El Camino College Community District. This was the publicity launch of the South Bay Promise program. Check presentations by large corporate supporters were announced at the event.

Campus meetings with department heads continue on a monthly basis to plan and discuss South Bay Promise needs and issues.

Marketing, outreach, and collateral materials have been developed, as well as a comprehensive 5 year budget. A preliminary fundraising plan has also been prepared.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our annual scholarship program is our flagship student support initiative, which provides financial resources to students. A faculty recommendation was a mandatory scholarship application criteria. However, many of our strongest applicants were being disqualified due to incomplete applications when faculty members didn't submit a recommendation. We therefore changed the application process, so students could request a recommendation from outside of El Camino, from a coach, church leader, former teacher, or other community member, in lieu of a faculty recommendation. We now have a larger application pool to award scholarships to.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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El Camino Community College District Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurie McCarthy

Retired/Investment Banking

Term: 2021 - 2023

Michael Hirsch

Retired, Aerospace Industry

Dan Vozenilek

AT&T

Gino DiGregorio

Accenture Management Consulting

Marcia Haber

Think Cool Conflict

Ann O'Brien

El Camino College Alumna

Faviola Ochoa

SoCalGas

Richard Rede

Realtor, L and M Estates, Inc.

Jeffrey Kern

Arrowhead Credit Union

Mark Waronek

M & M Consulting, Inc.

Janan Johnson

Retired, Pharmaceutical Industry

Brenda Thames

ECC Superintendent/President

Katherine Maschler

ECC Board of Trustees Rep

Kelsey Iino

ECC Faculty Representative

Nina Bailey

ECC Classified Representative

Karina Ramirez

ECC Student Representative

Mark Burton

3 Leaf Realty, Inc.

Laurie Love

Retired/Educator

Brooke Matson

Northrop Grumman

Koma Ahmed

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Cynthia Grande

The Grande Law Firm

David Liaw

Northrop Grumman

Esther Marcial

Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions

Jason Nishiyama

City of Torrance/Professor

Josh Rogge

First Republic Bank

Tracy Underwood

Retired/Toyota Corporate

Rob Van Lingen

The Van Lingen Group

Paul Wafer

Alpha Consulting Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 3/30/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2022

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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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.