Educational Institutions

Bucks County Community College Foundation

  • Newtown, PA
  • www.bucks.edu/foundation

Mission Statement

To advance the College as a community of excellence and act as a supporting partner in Bucks County Community College's efforts to provide a quality education to all interested and active learners. The Foundation will approach local, regional, and national supporters to create partnerships and raise funds, assistance, and awareness in support of both new and existing educational opportunities.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships
  2. Campus Development & Academic Support
  3. Historic Preservation & Conservation
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

The Bucks County Community College Foundation's main geographic area is Bucks County, Pennsylvania. However, in gathering support for the College's students and programs the organization's outreach frequently expands to the tri-state region, including New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. In addition, supportive Bucks alumni can be found all over the United States and overseas.

ruling year

1983

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Tobias Bruhn

Keywords

Self-reported

community college, education, scholarships, academic support, philanthropy

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Also Known As

Bccc Foundation

EIN

22-2456105

 Number

5024125430

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community/Junior College (B41)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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

Self-reported by organization

The funding provided by supporters of Bucks County Community College helps to engage students in an academic experience, and equip them with the knowledge to readily adapt and respond to the changing needs of tomorrow's workplace. Furthermore, financial contributions are used to provide support and services to help students reach academic success, continue to improve teaching, learning, service and technical expertise, and enrich the intellectual, cultural, and recreational life of the community

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

Scholarships

Providing assistance to financially needy and/or deserving students

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

Campus Development & Academic Support

Providing resources to upgrade facilities, equipment, and academic and non-credit programs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 3

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Built between 1930 and 1932, Council Rock, now referred to as Tyler Hall, was the 60-room Norman Revival mansion of George Frederick, a Philadelphia banker, and Stella Elkins Tyler, a sculptress and patron of the arts. The estate was donated to Temple University in 1962 by Mrs. Tyler, who was a trustee of the University for 20 years. Tyler Hall and 200 acres of the former 2,000 acre Tyler Estate were acquired by the County of Bucks from Temple. Bucks County Community College officially opened its doors in September of 1965.

The Tyler Gardens were constructed in 1931 by the Tylers to provide a formal landscape setting for Council Rock. The gardens clearly demonstrated characteristics that were common in formal gardens in the Philadelphia area at this time. Mrs. Tyler envisioned the formal gardens as an extension of the main house where she could entertain in "rooms" created by trimmed hedges. In 1988, the Tyler Gardens and Council Rock were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tyler Hall and Garden restoration, renovation and stabilization projects are funded through proceeds from the Tyler Tasting Party. Since its inception in 1988, this Foundation event has raised more than $500,000 toward restoring this mansion

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To advance the College as a community of excellence and act as a supporting partner in Bucks County Community College's efforts to provide a quality education to all interested and active learners.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In order to provide all interested learners with access to a quality education, the BCCC Foundation seeks balanced financial growth, expanding relationships, sustainability, and self-sufficiency.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The BCCC Foundation is an integral part of the Bucks County Community College campus community, as well as the greater Bucks County community. Through continued annual and endowment growth, the Foundation's Board of Directors has strategically increased its staff and support of key growth areas of the college. Furthermore, the Foundation's Executive Director has obtained his Certified Fund Raising Executive designation and all staff members continue to expand their knowledge through professional development.

    The Foundation's community relationships and partnerships continue to grow, adding important new relationships that allow students to enhance their academic experience. Through a comprehensive strategic plan, the BCCC Foundation has positioned itself as a major supporter of the college's expansion efforts. More scholarship opportunities are as much part of the plan, as funds for innovative projects, initiatives, and equipment proposed by faculty and staff. Finally, the Foundation's special events are designed to bring attention to the community of excellence that is Bucks County Community College.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Financial benchmarks are being set by the Foundation's Board of Directors every fiscal year. In addition, the strategic plan includes specific growth goals that are being reviewed throughout the year. Finally, strategic planning is being done collaboratively between the BCCC and its Foundation.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    - Increasing community partnerships is evidence of the long-term growth strategy of being viewed by the business community as a critical ongoing investment.
    - Continued growth in donors is evidence of the inclusion of our internal and external stakeholders in their givign plans.
    - Continued scholarship growth is a reflection of the perceived value of a community college education, and being viewed as a primary choice when it comes to charitable giving.
    - The growth of the annual fund is evidence of engaging the institution's alumni in the college's mission and vision.
    - Increasing media coverage is evidence of effectively communication the Foundation's case for support.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

The Bucks County Community College Foundation's main geographic area is Bucks County, Pennsylvania. However, in gathering support for the College's students and programs the organization's outreach frequently expands to the tri-state region, including New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. In addition, supportive Bucks alumni can be found all over the United States and overseas.

Social Media

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

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Financials

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Bucks County Community College Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Bucks County Community College Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Tobias Bruhn

BIO

Tobi Bruhn graduated magna cum laude from Rowan University with a masters' degree in public relations. In 2003, he joined Bucks County Community College and has served as the Executive Director of its Foundation since 2005. He serves as a board member of the Rowan University Alumni Association, the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce, and Univest Foundation, and as an advisory board member of the Newtown Community Foundation. Bruhn is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a designation held by only 5,500 professionals around the world. He has spoken nationally on topics of alumni and board development, strategic planning, and special events.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Thank you for your interest in Bucks County Community College. Since the early 1980s, the Foundation and Alumni Association have provided expanded resources to ensure the College's growth and development. Many exciting things are happening at Bucks, and our office is poised to continue its outreach efforts to area businesses, community leaders, alumni, and friends of the College.

I invite you to visit us at www.bucks.edu/foundation and learn more about Bucks' rich history and the variety of giving opportunities that help raise funds for student scholarships, equipment and facility updates, and important educational endowments that ensure long-term funding.

If you have graduated from Bucks or completed more than 30 credit hours, you are a lifelong member of the Alumni Association, an organization with more than 25,000 members. While the College provides the means for personal enrichment and the realization of educational and career goals, the Alumni Association gives you an opportunity to enhance the value of your education. Please join me in helping others to experience that same sense of accomplishment and pride. Through your active networking and participation in the Alumni Association, you contribute toward the strengthening of the College and its ability to continue its tradition of excellence.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your interest in Bucks County Community College. We value your relationship and look forward to working with you in the future."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Frederick E Schea

Pennswood Consulting LLC

Term: July 2014 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The BCCC Foundation's Board Development Committee evaluates the diversity of our Board annually. In addition to race and ethnicity, the committee seeks a diverse pool of nominees from across different industries with multiple skill sets.