Educational Institutions

Onondaga Community College Foundation Inc

  • Syracuse, NY
  • www.giving.sunyocc.edu

Mission Statement

To raise, administer and invest funds for the benefit of Onondaga Community College and its students.

Main Programs

  1. PROMISE Annual Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Since its founding in 1980, the OCC Foundation has been dedicated to helping the campus community. It has helped more than 2,000 students realize their potential through higher education through more than 150 scholarships and more than $200,000 in AID each year. In addition to scholarship support, the Foundation raises funds for programs and projects to enrich the Onondaga experience and open new opportunities for the surrounding community.

ruling year

1985

Executive Director

Self-reported

John Zacharek

Keywords

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central new york, community, syracuse, college, onondaga, occ, foundation

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EIN

22-2318303

 Number

1464089929

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community/Junior College (B41)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Thanks to the generous support of its donors, Onondaga Community College Foundation provided more financial assistance to students in 2013 than ever before in its history. Five times the number of students at Onondaga received scholarships in 2013 vs. 10 years ago, the Foundation’s endowment value tripled during that same time period, reaching $9.5 million, and corporate support dramatically increased.
With the foundation’s financial support, Onondaga Community College is helping students achieve a lifetime of higher earnings ($43,400 average income at the career midpoint of an associate degree holder from OCC) and the College is providing taxpayers with a significant return on investment (state and local governments see an annual rate of return of 7.8% on their support for Onondaga). Total impact represents 1.4% of the total regional economy and roughly 9,360 average wage jobs. These are among findings in a study of the College’s impact completed by Economic Modeling Specialists, International. The entire report is available at sunyocc.edu.

Programs

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

Program 1

PROMISE Annual Fund

The Promise annual fund is dedicated to supporting current students as well as creating opportunities for aspiring future students. Gifts to the Promise annual fund go where the needs and opportunities are greatest, such as emergency funding for students, academic resources, educational opportunities for faculty and staff, and student scholarships. Donors who contribute at a certain level will be recognized within the College's annual report to the community along with other acknowledgements throughout the year.

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The mission of the Onondaga Community College Foundation is to raise, administer and invest funds for the benefit of the College and its students.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Strategies used to meet our long term fundraising goals center around engaging employees, faculty, students, retirees, alumni, businesses and individuals in the community. Campus events and functions provide opportunities to cultivate and steward both donors and prospects. We utilize our vast menu of partnership opportunities such as Legacy Society, President’s Circle, and scholarships and academic support, to customize partnership opportunities that are unique to each donor.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The capabilities and resources available to reach our goals are vast and diverse. The OCC Foundation has the support of a 27-member Board of Directors comprised of influential community and local business leaders. The Foundation has implemented use of the database service Raiser’s Edge and currently maintains a significant number of constituent records. Additionally, the Foundation offers comprehensive partnership opportunities including naming programs and scholarship endowments, as well as the development of academic programs to meet the workforce development needs of local employers. Most importantly, by sustaining enrollment of 12,000+ students and employment of 2000+ employees, our capabilities are in our visibility and support within the community, and the overall economic impact of the College.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Accurate indicators of the Foundation’s success include revenue goals and growth in scholarships and corporate support. In 2012-2013 the Foundation achieved a revenue goal of $2.2 million and provided $230,000 in scholarship support to students. The value of OCC Foundation’s endowment has nearly tripled over a decade, and strongly rebounded from the 2009 global market collapse, rising to $9.5 million today.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since its inception in 1980, OCC Foundation has shown tremendous growth, in turn providing essential financial support to Onondaga Community College and its students. Five times the number of students at Onondaga receives scholarships today vs. 10 years ago, the Foundation’s endowment value has tripled during that same time period reaching $9.5 million, and corporate support has dramatically increased. Areas of focus moving forward include augmenting employee annual fund participation, planned giving, student philanthropy, young alumni donor program, donor recognition programs, and social media.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Since its founding in 1980, the OCC Foundation has been dedicated to helping the campus community. It has helped more than 2,000 students realize their potential through higher education through more than 150 scholarships and more than $200,000 in AID each year. In addition to scholarship support, the Foundation raises funds for programs and projects to enrich the Onondaga experience and open new opportunities for the surrounding community.

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Financials

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ONONDAGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

John Zacharek

BIO

John J. Zacharek is vice president for development and executive director of the OCC Foundation. He leads Onondaga’s development efforts and its professional, community, and alumni relationships in the community. He has more than 20 years of development, marketing and public relations experience.

Before joining OCC, Zacharek served as the vice president for external affairs at Community General Hospital and executive director for the Community General Foundation. Under Zacharek’s leadership, the foundation doubled its total philanthropic support in three years.

Prior to his position at Community General, Zacharek served as the assistant dean for advancement at Syracuse University’s College of Human Services and Health Professions. In this role, he directed the college’s development, alumni relations, and communications efforts and secured a record $7 million in new major gift support. Additionally, Zacharek served Upstate Medical University Foundation for a decade, most recently as director of corporate development and endowment campaigns. He was instrumental in establishing and completing the academic medical center's first capital campaign – an effort that raised $21.5 million in less than three years. Zacharek also functioned as the marketing and public relations manager at Oswego Hospital before his appointment to Upstate.

A graduate of Binghamton University’s School of Management, Zacharek served as vice president on the board of directors for the Central New York Association of Fundraising Professionals through 2013, and as a board officer for Rosewood Heights Health Center through 2011. He is a 2006 recipient of the Greater Syracuse 40 Under 40 award and a member recipient of Upstate Medical University’s 2005 Team of the Year Award and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Award in 2003.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James Holland

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