Educational Institutions

San Diego Mesa College Foundation, Inc.

  • SAN DIEGO , CA
  • http://www.sdmesa.edu/about-mesa/institution/foundation/

Mission Statement

Our goal is to increase the funds available for the veteran students at San Diego Mesa College who do not have the resources to ride out a financial storm, as we want them to remain in college. When there is no safety net, it doesn't take much to derail a college career. San Diego Mesa College serves one of the largest number of certified student veterans in the state, if not the nation. We recently surveyed our veterans and near the top of their list is to have an ""emergency assistance fund."" Our vets have told us that when they have a financial emergency - a higher than expected utility bill, a child needing new glasses, the tires on the car need replacing, the loss of a job - few have the resources to handle the immediate crisis. Sometimes they cannot cover the cost of books until their benefits are received. When a financial crisis happens, they feel they are left with only one option - leaving college and abandoning their dreams of a college education. We know it is the wrong decisions, but sometimes it is the only decision. In talking to our veteran students, we learned most requests will be for less than $100. We hate to have that small amount make a veteran abandon a promising college career or workforce program. Emergency assistance is an important ""tool"" to keep a vet in college. The veterans receiving the assistance must meet requirements for grade point, credits earned, and having an educational plan in place. Some will be asked to repay the fund when their veteran benefits arrive. Mesa vets are a good investment.

Main Programs

  1. Emergency Assistance for Veteran Students
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

San Diego Mesa has an open access policy. We serve students throughout San Diego County, and our online programs serve students across the United States.

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Anne Zacovic

Keywords

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Dedicated to student success

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Also Known As

San Diego Mesa College Foundation, Inc.

EIN

33-0141259

 Number

3189072785

Contact

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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Our top accomplishments for 2013 were to award over $112,000 in scholarships; work with the college to identify and remodel a classroom to turn into a veteran's center; create all the policies and procedures required to run a healthy foundation; and to hire our first director. For 2014, our top goals are to: * Cover the financial emergencies our veteran students which could cause them to drop out of college. * Turn the veteran's center into a warm, welcoming place where veteran students can gather - connect with others who have had a similar experience, or just be - as they transition from combat to the classroom. Often there is just too much stimulation on campus, and they want a place to go when they need a break. * To hire a part-time counselor and advisor. Many combat veterans return with needs that can complicate their education. Some needs are plainly visible, some are buried deep within their hearts, minds and souls. Having a person focused on assisting veterans, helping them turn their combat experience and military training into success is vitally important. This person would bring the many resources available to veterans to campus. Plus navigating the veteran's benefits is a skill, and this person would be their resource.

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

Emergency Assistance for Veteran Students

When our vets have a financial emergency - a higher than expected utility bill, the tires on the car need replacing, the loss of a job - few have the resources to handle the immediate crisis. Sometimes they cannot cover the cost of books until their benefits begin. When a financial crisis happens, they feel they are left with only one option - leaving college and abandoning their dreams of a college education. We know it is the wrong decisions, but sometimes it is the only decision. We want to help our veteran students ride out their current financial storm, and to hang on to their college ambitions.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

San Diego Mesa has an open access policy. We serve students throughout San Diego County, and our online programs serve students across the United States.

Funding Needs

Our top 5 most pressing needs are: * Creating an Emergency Assistance Fund for veteran students - $10,000 * Hiring a part-time counselor and advisor for veteran students - $50,000 * Turn veteran center in warm and welcoming place - $5,000 * Increasing the number of members of our board of directors * Developing a vibrant annual fund drive

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San Diego Mesa College Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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San Diego Mesa College Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Anne Zacovic

BIO

14 years of executive level experience with non-profit organizations

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"San Diego Mesa College Foundation cares about its veteran students, and is committed to doing all it can to keep its veterans from abandoning promising college or technical careers, and remaining in college. Providing financial help for them in emergencies is a top priority for the board of directors. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeff Marston

Marston and Marston Consultants

Term: Jan 2011 - June 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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