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About the Foundation

Since 1968, the Greenfield Community College Foundation has invested in the dreams of students who work, students who cannot afford tuition, students who cannot travel to other educational institutions—people for whom higher education is otherwise beyond the borders of their personal geographies.

We are committed to supporting the mission of Greenfield Community College—its students, faculty, staff, and alumni—by building relationships and raising funds throughout a service area that encompasses Franklin and Hampshire Counties in Western Massachusetts, and the counties of Southern Vermont and New Hampshire and beyond.

Vision statement

The Greenfield Community College Foundation gathers and manages the resources required to ensure that Greenfield Community College is the nation’s finest small college; a conduit for regional, national, and international philanthropic investment; and an instrument for helping the College to achieve its vision for the future.

Initiatives of particular interest to the Foundation include:

  • Access and opportunity for every student
  • Mutually beneficial strategic partnerships and collaborations
  • Programs to identify and support future leaders
  • Recognition of diversity and the evolving needs of our community

Foundation initiatives

Recent accomplishments include:

The 2013 Annual Fund Campaign. This recent campaign, led by Co-Chairs Beth Lorenz and Joe Ruggeri brought in $954,276 from 896 donors.

The Scholarship Award Ceremony. Every May, a capacity crowd of nearly 225 people gather to award scholarships to outstanding students, and to honor alumni and friends of Greenfield Community College.  This year’s ceremony will be May 4, 2014.

The GCC Foundation Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting in the Fall attracts celebrated speakers, Foundation members and friends for an evening of review, planning, and inspiration for the challenges of the coming year.

The Annual “Striving and Driving for GCC Scholars” Golf Tournament. The 2013 tournament raised $30,700 in unrestricted scholarships. The 2014 tournament will be May 19, 2014.

How your gift to the Foundation is used

Scholarships. The flexibility of Foundation scholarship funds helps deserving students realize their dreams.

Endowment. The Foundation committed to grow the endowment from $1.5 million to $5 million by 2003, and $10 million by 2005 to secure GCC’s future as well as serve as a buffer against the unpredictability of state support for GCC and higher education.

Professional development. Foundation funds ensure the continuing excellence of a faculty and staff who are 100% dedicated to teaching and to meeting students’ needs.

The Library. The GCC Library has turned to the GCC Foundation for the funds it requires to sustain the high level of library services necessary for academic excellence.

Women in Transition Program. There aren’t many safety nets in our society, but the WIT program at GCC keeps women in school with a variety of resources, services and support.

The President’s Fund. Support from the Foundation allows the president to restore programs and services that become victims of state budget cuts.

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