Educational Institutions

BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE FOUNDATION

  • Bakersfield, CA
  • www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/foundation/

Mission Statement

The Bakersfield College Foundation manages funds for more than 400 organizations, individuals, and endowments for the purpose of scholarships and for other objectives noted in the Foundation by laws.

Main Programs

  1. Honors Reception
  2. Red & White Wine and Food Festival
  3. Sterling Silver
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Bakersfield college serves student in the Kern Community College District

ruling year

1975

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Tom Gelder

Keywords

Self-reported

College, Education

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EIN

51-0151490

 Number

5756354685

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Single Organization Support) (B11)

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 Foundation focuses on raising funds to support Bakersfield College's students, faculty and the academic and athletic programs that enhance the educational experience of our students. Through generous gifts of our donors we have been able to more than double the value of the College's endowment (from $15 million to over $34 million) within the last two years, resulting in a $500,000 increase in the amount of scholarship funds available for our students. The Foundation also has used its unrestricted monies to fund worthy campus programs that have not been able to secure funds from other sources. The Foundation has expended nearly $200,000 towards these projects in the last 18 months.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Honors Reception

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Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

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Budget

Program 2

Red & White Wine and Food Festival

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Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 3

Sterling Silver

Not available

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

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Budget

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?
    Our mission is the following:

    1. Expand access and opportunity for students of all ages;
    2. Improve the quality and diversity of instructional offerings;
    3. Support the professional development of an outstanding faculty and staff;
    4. Purchase leading edge technology for classrooms and learning laboratories; and
    5. Enhance College facilities to create an efficient and stimulating learning environment.

    We do this through securing private gifts, grants and bequests.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We are striving to provide a first class donor recognition and reporting program that appropriately thanks our donors for their support and provides them with current information as to how their gifts were utilized, who their scholarship recipients were (where applicable), and how those recipients have benefited from their donors' generosity.

    Bakersfield College is working to enhance its alumni relations efforts through expanding its alumni database and providing benefits to its alumni who stay connected to the College.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We've added additional staffing and have acquired new database software to enhance our ability to manage our donor relations, financial aid, and alumni relations efforts. This has been made possible by the very generous gifts that the Foundation has received in the last two years.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The raising of additional funds for our students, faculty and programs and the enlargement of our alumni database are the two most obvious indicators of our progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Getting our new software packages installed and working and getting staff trained to use them have been our first priorities. Now that we are better versed in using the software, we are beginning to work with our Financial Aid Office to update our scholarship files and with Admissions and Records regarding our alumni database information. We anticipate completing those functions by the end of fiscal year 2015-2016.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Bakersfield college serves student in the Kern Community College District

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Financials

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Bakersfield College Foundation
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.

BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE FOUNDATION

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Tom Gelder

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael O'Doherty

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?

No

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?

No

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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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
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
No
We use other methods to support diversity