Educational Institutions

Grayson County College Foundation

  • Denison, TX
  • www.grayson.edu/website/foundation/foundation.asp

Mission Statement

The Grayson County College Foundation, Inc. exists to bridge the gap between the needs and resources of Grayson College. The Foundation, a 501C3 tax exempt, Texas non-profit corporation was established in 1991 and received it IRS ruling in 1992. Its mission seeks to: generate funds and endowments for scholarships to GC students; encourage gifts for facilities and equipment; develop private funding sources for new programmatic ventures; and communicate the evolving needs of the College to business, educational, cultural, governmental, and other constituencies to facilitate collaborative and mutually supportive relationships. The Foundation continuously seeks new sources of financial support, beyond the scope of tax-based funding, to provide a margin of excellence for students and faculty. The Foundation is governed by a 21 member board of directors. Mr. Randy Truxal serves as the Executive Director, which maintains 3.5 FTE staff positions. In 2012, the Foundation successfully raised over $2.5 million in federal, state and private funding including a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for a new Career Training Center on the GC South Campus. More than $380,000 is distributed annually in scholarships to students raised from alumni, foundations and community donors, and college employees.

Main Programs

  1. Grayson College Scholarship and Grant Programs
  2. T.V. Munson Memorial Programs, Vinita House, T.V. Munson Viticulture and Enology Center
  3. Grayson College Welding Rodeo
  4. Grayson College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program
  5. Grayson College Veteran Center
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Located midway between Sherman and Denison, Texas, 15 miles from the Red River/Oklahoma border to the north and 70 miles to the Dallas metropolitan area to the south, Grayson College provides access to affordable education to a predominately rural service area consisting of Grayson and Fannin Counties. More than 60 academic and technical programs are offered to 5,000 students annually.The College is renowned for its outstanding academic programs, nursing programs, Viticulture & Enology Center, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program, and an array of career and technical program offerings.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Randall Truxal

Director of Development

Self-reported

Ms. Kathy Hendrick

Keywords

Self-reported

Scholarships, Education, Capital, Philanthropy, Technology, Students, Tax Deductible, Planned Gifts, Bequests. Grant seeking

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EIN

75-2436355

 Number

7996199649

Physical Address

6101 Grayson Dr Hwy 691

Denison, TX 75020 8238

Also Known As

Grayson College Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Alumni Associations (B84)

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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Since 1995, the Grayson College Foundation has awarded over $4,625,000.00 to 5,347 students; thus, providing a skilled workforce to both local communities, in addition to a worldwide reach, due to a large number of international students who have benefited from our scholarship program. The GC Foundation has also been instrumental in securing much-needed funding for facility upgrades and renovations, and for enhancing programs on campus - through focused fundraising, such as our "Project 88 Keys" and our "Boots to Books & Beyond" projects, which ultimately provide cultural benefits to our students and to area residents, and funding to assist and encourage Military Veterans to continue their academic and/or technological studies, therefore helping them to enter the ever evolving workforce.

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

Grayson College Scholarship and Grant Programs

In 2013 more than $450,000 was distributed in scholarships awarded to 406 GC students to support expenses relating to tuition and textbooks. The majority of these funds are raised locally each year from generous alumni, community donors, and employees, thus allowing hundreds of students who strive for a college education to reach their goals..

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$450,000

Program 2

T.V. Munson Memorial Programs, Vinita House, T.V. Munson Viticulture and Enology Center

The T.V. Munson Memorial Programs are inclusive of five unique components: the T.V. Munson Viticulture and Enology Center, the T.V. Munson Memorial Vineyard, the T.V. Munson Instructional Winery, the Vinita House Museum, and the Vinita Heritage Center. In the 1870’s, T.V. connected with other agriculture journal scholars through personal correspondence, which eventually led to the creation of new friendships and trusting relationships. Munson realized that historically, the most economically important temperate-zone fruit crops in the world are grapes. When he found eight species of wild grapes growing on his property near his home in Denison Texas, he was inspired to take on a life's mission of improving the American grape. He set two goals: (1) describe and classify all the grapes, and (2) develop new cultivars through scientific cross-breeding. In 1864, panic struck the French wine industry when an insect plague nearly wiped out grape production. The insect phylloxera often kills the highly susceptible vinifera grape, from which most wines were and still are made. Grape vines were observed to rapidly decline, as leaves turned from yellow to red and rapidly dried up and defoliated, resulting in death of the entire vine. It took three years before an aphid-like insect infesting the roots was observed to be the culprit, thanks to detective work of an American entomologist, C. V. Riley, and several French scientists, J. E. Planchon, V. Signoret, J. E. Westwood, and J. Lichtenstein. By 1880 the disease had destroyed 2 million acres of vineyards in France and had moved throughout Europe Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and California. Dr. Munson was intrigued with their research and began to write letters to Riley and Planchon. His resolve to share his work might have gone without notice if a colleague from France had not made a final stop in Texas for a friendly visit. In 1887, the French minister of agriculture appointed M. Pierre Viala, professor of viticulture at Montpellier’s agricultural school, to conduct a six month expedition in America to find a solution to the epidemic in which he traveled more than 10,000 miles. Viala had been a long time correspondent with Dr. Munson, and made arrangements to meet with him prior to his return to France. It is during this visit where he discovered three vines-“all Texans” that saved the French vines from phylloxera. Dr. Thomas Volney Munson’s solution earned him the Chevalier du Merite Agricole in the French Legion of Honor, an award bestowed to only one other American before him, Thomas Edison.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$150,000

Program 3

Grayson College Welding Rodeo

In order to recognize the work of high school ag students who specialized in the field of welding the college began a team and individual competition in which high schools participate in a daylong welding rodeo. Students select scrap metal to make works of art which are auctioned at the end of the day's event. Local industries and businesses such as Caterpillar and AirGas help to sponsor the event. The winning team and individual receives scholarships to attend Grayson College.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

None

Budget

$25,000

Program 4

Grayson College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program

One of the newest programs offered on the campus of Grayson College originated from a federal ETA grant in 2011. A beautiful building supported with college funds offers state of the art training equipment for student interested in a career in hospitality management or culinary arts. Since its opening, this program has received numerous awards and recognition.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$1,200,000

Program 5

Grayson College Veteran Center

A comprehensive program designed to support veteran student success at Grayson College by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

None

Budget

$200,000

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 Grayson County College Foundation, Inc. exists to bridge the gap between the needs and resources of Grayson College by: generating funds and endowments for scholarships to GC students; encouraging gifts for facilities and equipment; developing private funding sources for new programmatic ventures; and communicating the evolving needs of the College to business, educational, cultural, governmental, and other constituencies to facilitate collaborative and mutually supportive relationships.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Increase major gifts and donor support annually by 5% through annual scholarship campaigns, fundraising programs to address special departmental needs, and establishing new endowments for long term project support; Expand opportunities for receipt of contributions through social media; Enhance awareness of opportunities for donations through estate planning; and Continuously research and respond to federal, state, corporate, and charitable grant opportunities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Experienced Executive Director, Director of Annual Giving, and Grant writer and support staff with combined experience of 85+ years.
    Outstanding and loyal board members committed to the mission of the organization.
    Exceptional volunteers who desire to set high goals.
    Annual recognition of donors.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Progress will be monitored from September 1 to August 30 annually and compared to prior fiscal year.
    Increase funding for student scholarships.
    Increase in number of scholarships awarded annually.
    Increase in number of grants submitted and received.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Maintain monthly progress reports for grant submissions and receipts
    Maintain donor tracking by type of donor (inkind, cash, scholarship, endowment, special project)
    Maintain and track student scholarship recipients
    Maintain financial and investment reports
    Conduct meetings with department staff to identify unmet needs of programs
    Conduct quarterly board meetings
    Conduct annual golf fundraiser in memory of Miller Barber
    Conduct annual donor recognition
    Prepare and disseminate annual giving direct mailing
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Located midway between Sherman and Denison, Texas, 15 miles from the Red River/Oklahoma border to the north and 70 miles to the Dallas metropolitan area to the south, Grayson College provides access to affordable education to a predominately rural service area consisting of Grayson and Fannin Counties. More than 60 academic and technical programs are offered to 5,000 students annually.The College is renowned for its outstanding academic programs, nursing programs, Viticulture & Enology Center, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program, and an array of career and technical program offerings.

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Financials

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GRAYSON COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Operations

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Grayson County College Foundation

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Executive Director

Mr. Randall Truxal

Director of Development

Ms. Kathy Hendrick

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Betty Roether

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

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?

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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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
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
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
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
This is a need to be addressed. New executive director was employed in 2014 following retirement of the original executive director in 1991.