Educational Institutions

Ventura College Foundation

  • Ventura, CA
  • http://vcgiving.org/

Mission Statement

The Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College. Through this support, the Ventura College Foundation assists the College in facilitating student success and grows the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset.

Main Programs

  1. Ventura College Promise
  2. Scholarship Program
  3. Women's Safety Net
  4. Educational Enhancement Grant
Service Areas

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California

Ventura College Foundation serves students attending Ventura College from Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties and students that plan to transfer to a 4 year University.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer

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Norbert Tan

Keywords

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education, scholarships, higher education, alumni, promise, college, community college. junior college

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Also Known As

VCF

EIN

77-0037747

 Number

4651086573

Physical Address

71 Day Road

Ventura, CA 93003

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Community/Junior College (B41)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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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Over its history, the Foundation has raised more than $15 million in private support for Ventura College. Though Ventura College receives state funding, that funding falls far short of actually covering the costs incurred in providing quality educational opportunities for over 12,000 students. Among the impacts the Foundation has made in the lives of the Ventura College students are: •Scholarships •Educational Enhancement Grants •Special Projects/Capital Improvements

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

Ventura College Promise

The Ventura College Promise underwrites the Fall and Spring Semesters for the first year at Ventura College for all Ventura County high school graduates. This opportunity applies to all recent Ventura County high school graduates and GED certificate holders regardless of academic merit. Ventura College was the first college in the state of California to offer this ground-breaking program and is one of a handful in the country. The program now serves as a national model educating many first generation students and many who could not otherwise afford to attend college.  To participate, students are not required to take a minimum or maximum number of units, nor meet a minimum grade point average. However, they are required to:   1.      Apply to the Promise program and Ventura College within twelve months of high school graduation or GED completion.   2.   Work with a counselor to identify an educational goal and develop an educational plan.   3.   Take the college’s assessment examination.   4.   Work with the Financial Aid Office to determine if they qualify for a full fee-waiver from the state.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Budget

$480,000.00

Program 2

Scholarship Program

Ventura College Foundation scholarships are intended to assist students currently enrolled at Ventura College for academic excellence. Students tranferring from Ventura College to a university are also eligible to apply. Our generous donors have established many criteria to provide students with a variety of scholarships.

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Program 3

Women's Safety Net

The VC Women’s Safety Net is a new program designed to assist female students who are experiencing crises which threaten to derail their education. If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, and needs financial assistance in order to stay in school at Ventura College, the Women’s Safety Net Program is here to help.

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Program 4

Educational Enhancement Grant

Faculty/ Staff at Ventura College may apply for an Educational Enhancement Grant every school year. The purpose in applying for the grant must enhance the students' learning experience.

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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 Ventura College Foundation will grow its overall investment in direct and indirect supports for students, with a specific commitment to the Ventura College Promise, its flagship program. The Ventura College Foundation will also investigate opportunities to continue to meet its mission in ways that address current programmatic priorities for Ventura College and its student population.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    > Expand the Ventura College Promise program to include specialty grants for industry-specific recipients, e.g. manufacturing and nursing > Realign the EEG process with the Ventura College Program Review process to ensure better efficiency of staff time and program-relevant funding. > Increase number of new donors each year.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    > Prospect Management and Research >Continue to apply for grants from corporations, foundations and organizations in and around the community. > Re-organize Development Staff responsibilities to focus more on annual, unrestricted giving and major/planned gifts. >Expanding use of social media
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Strategic Plan Implementation 2013-2016, 3 years. Annual action workplans taken from the Strategic Plan (with input from staff) will be formatted. Monthly meetings with the Executive Director to ensure goals are being met/progress is being made. The Action Plan will include qualitative metrics that will help staff measure and communicate results across all business lines, both internally and to the Board of Directors and its committees.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Ventura College Foundation serves students attending Ventura College from Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties and students that plan to transfer to a 4 year University.

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Funding Needs

The sheer size of the Promise program has expanded beyond the Foundation’s expectations.  In three years, the number of students attending Ventura College on the Promise has grown from fewer than 100 students to a cumulative total of more than 3,000, and the cost of running the program at $265,000 annually has become a serious challenge.  In response, the Foundation’s Board is exploring options that will enable them to continue to offer the program to the largest number of students possible within its funding limitations. The Foundation is actively seeking support from foundations, individuals and corporations.

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Financials

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VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Ventura College Foundation

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Principal Officer

Norbert Tan

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Donna Santo

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