Educational Institutions

Maricopa County Community College District Foundation

  • Tempe, AZ

Mission Statement

We boldly impact our communities through innovative and strategic partnerships for the growth and benefit of the Maricopa Community Colleges, its students, faculty, and staff.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships
Service Areas



Maricopa County, Arizona

ruling year


President & CEO since 2016


Ms Christina Schultz



community colleges, scholarships, education

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Also Known As

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation






Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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?


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The Maricopa Community Colleges have long been one of the state's leading educational resources, providing academic and training opportunities to millions. Annually, 10 Colleges educate more than 220,000 students pursuing a variety of goals in a variety of fields. In all, the District offers approximately 954 occupational programs (degrees and certificates), 31 academic certificates, nine academic associate degrees (the associate degrees are available at each of the 10 colleges), and a total of 981 courses. Each college is individually accredited, yet part of the whole system, one of the largest providers of higher education in the U.S.

The District is the biggest provider of health care workers and job training in Arizona, making it a major resource for business and industry and an excellent choice for education and job training. Each college offers the same quality of education, small class size, approachable instructors, and best value in education in Arizona.  

Higher education leads to opportunity and a more promising future for individuals, families, businesses, and entire communities. An educated workforce weaves a critical thread through the fabric of economic development, ensuring personal growth, professional success and an improved quality of life. Without reasonable access to quality higher education, this fabric unravels, exposing a all to the threat of economic stagnation or even decline.


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

Program 1


In 2010, we received 1866 applications for scholarships and awarded a total of 2761scholarships totaling $1,743,843.  
The average scholarship award was $634.  Scholarship awards range from $25 to $2,000 each.



Population(s) Served


Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)



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?
    Maricopa County Community Colleges District Foundation was incorporated in 1977 as a domestic, nonprofit corporation for scientific, charitable, educational, and research purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its goal is to accomplish fund raising in support of the Maricopa County Community Colleges District. Since its first fund raising event in 1982, the Foundation has given more than $30 million in scholarships to District students.

    Currently, the Foundation is immersed in two fund raising initiatives: the $50 million Campaign for Student Success and the $14 million Veterans' Success Project.
    1. The Campaign for Student Success supports student success in three thematic areas: Scholarships, Faculty/Staff Innovation; and Community partnerships to expand opportunities for students.
    2. The Veterans' Success Project will create an endowment to support the veterans' centers on all 10 campuses, the East Valley Veterans' Center, and the new West Valley Veterans' Center. These Centers provide case management, scholarships, books, housing, resume writing, financial literacy, transitional classes, child care, and emergency needs to veterans.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Foundation accomplishes its fund raising goals in several ways: 1) through the activities of cultivating relationships with major donors in the community and with businesses and corporations; 2) through the annual Heroes of Education event that honors those who have a proven personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities; and 3) through targeted grant applications to private and corporate foundations.

    To help people from all segments of the community attend college, Maricopa Community College Foundation offers scholarships for all Maricopa students, plus the tuition in the Maricopa County Community Colleges District is affordable by design. The District also provides conduits to higher education for high school students through its:
    • Two charter high schools,
    • Collaborations with high schools in the region for the District's dual enrollment program, and
    • Nationally recognized Achieving a College Education (ACE) program, which encourages underrepresented students to graduate high school and complete college degrees.

    These programs help high school students attain college credits before graduation, saving them money and maximizing their time in working toward their educational goals. Success in college is further supported by having all new degree-seeking students participate mandatory experiences derived from best practices that support retention and completion. Then, District developmental education programs help approximately 60 percent of entering students who need remediation in reading, math, or English skills.
    Some of the District's most popular majors are technology studies. The District offers 25 Associates in Applied Sciences degrees and 64 Certificates of Completion in technology disciplines.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation has a strong history of fund raising in support of the District, and the District has a long-standing reputation for developing innovative programs and strategies for serving students in this large, highly-populated county.

    The Chancellor, the campuses, and individual faculty and staff of the District have all won awards for excellence in education, leadership, and diversity programs. For example, in November 2016, alone, the Maricopa Community Colleges were recognized by Equality Arizona for the SafeSpace workshop series, receiving the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award. That same month, Valley Leadership, a professional development organization in Phoenix, honored the Chancellor with the Woman of the Year Award. Also in November, Gateway Community College, one of the campuses participating in the Ultimate Technology Summer Camp, received the 100K Strong in the Americas Innovation Award, which is part of President Obama's signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere to increase student mobility throughout the Americas.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Foundation staff track donations, maintain copies of the agreements, budgets and donor and alumni records developed in connection with the requirements of the gifts, report to the donor upon the use of the gift, and otherwise provide stewardship activities to honor donors' intentions and to maintain strong relationships. Staff must also meet obligations according to the Foundation's document retention policy and protect donor confidentiality.

    Foundation staff work closely with District Office staff to coordinate fund raising activities, acceptance of grant awards, and grant budget management. They also work closely with project and program staff on the campuses and at the skill centers and with faculty who seek funding support or to manage scholarship applications and disbursements. Development staff on the campuses coordinate requests with Foundation staff and enter funding requests in the tracking software used by the Foundation to track solicitations and awards. At the end of a grant period, Foundation staff, working with campus development staff, faculty, and leadership, report to grant makers on the use and impacts of grant funds.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Campaign for Student Success has achieved 85 percent ($45.6 million) of its goal of $50 million.

    After one year, the Veterans' Success Project has raised $605,845 toward its goal of $14 million goal, and the momentum is increasing with towns and cities, as well as private individuals and businesses, contributing financially and with Advisory Committee volunteers. Luke Air Force Base donated the use of a building on its property outside the main gate for the West Valley Veterans' Center. The members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation are on the Advisory Board along with many community members from all sectors. This project will be a model of veteran success in service delivery and systemic transformation.
Service Areas



Maricopa County, Arizona

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Funding Needs

1. Seventy-three percent of all District students are part-time, because they have families and jobs or attend high schools and four-year institutions. Fifty-six percent are female. Fifty-three percent are non-white. Their average age is 25, and 31.9% are non-traditional students. Many students struggle to afford even the low fees charged per credit hour ($84) at all of the colleges. Scholarships play a critical role in assisting them as they advance in their educational programs. 2. Veterans' Success Project: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 532,206 veterans (7.8% of Arizona's population) reside here. Each year 2,000 military members transition out of Arizona military facilities. With enactment of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Arizona colleges experienced an influx of recent combat veterans. Many face a difficult changeover to civilian life, including readjustment issues and recovery from physical and mental injuries. Their struggles compound when attending college, because they must also find employment, reliable transportation, and safe places to live. Comparatively, colleges are inadequately prepared to provide effective, support services to aid in the soldier to student conversion. Without intentional, proactive attention to this challenge, many veteran students will fail to continue school and graduate, resulting in the loss of their dreams, educational benefits, and opportunities to qualify for certain jobs that require post-secondary education. Indeed, current statistics chronicle veterans' struggles: the average transitioning vet has four jobs in six years; and the Student Veterans Association (2014) reports that veteran students complete educational goals at a lower rate than non-veteran students. Eighty percent need remedial classes before entering programs. However, predictions are that 61% of jobs in Arizona will require additional post-secondary training and/or education by 2018, less than two years away. MCCCD's Veterans' Success Initiative is critical and timely.

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Maricopa County Community College District Foundation



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President & CEO

Ms Christina Schultz


Prior to her coming to Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, Ms. Schultz served for nine years as the leader of institutional advancement and development at Dixie State University, St. George, UT. In that role, she was responsible for leading fundraising, alumni relations, public relations, community outreach, marketing and cultural arts initiatives. She was that university's first female and longest serving vice president. Ms. Schultz, who joined the Foundation April 2016, has extensive experience in higher education leadership positions. During her time at Dixie State, she achieved the launch of a $100 million infrastructure fundraising campaign, development of two self-sustaining 501(c)(3) programs, secured a $1 million federal grant for the University's southwest Regional Computer Crime Institute, and secured additional funding for numerous other programs and departments.


"Each dollar you so generously provide to us is a story all its own: a story of personal experience and commitment and a story of the desire to do something that matters and make a difference.  Each dollar that goes out also has a story about students and need, about hope and ambition, and about access and opportunity.  We want to tell some of those stories, and to connect the stories of those who provide support and those who benefit from that support."



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