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CCS Foundation Facts 

 Leadership 2012-2013
• 28 volunteer community leaders serve on the Board of Directors
• President, Craig Soehren
• Executive Director, Tony Higley

Financial Information
• Assets currently total more than $26 million. Of that, $15 million is unrestricted and $8 million is permanently restricted.
• The foundation manages 260+ temporarily restricted funds and 80 endowments.

Annual Events

Bigfoot Golf Classic
The foundation and CCS athletic department host a golf tournament each spring, raising money for the foundation and student athletic scholarships. A sold-out field of golfers, outstanding sponsors, and a great group of volunteers help raise needed support for CCS athletics. The 2014 Golf Classic is Friday, June 13, at Downriver Golf Course.

Annual Wine and Gourmet Gala
This annual event features a four-course dinner prepared by students and faculty from SCC’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, working alongside renowned local chefs. Regional wines complement each course, and an auction rounds out the event. Proceeds benefit the foundation and Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at SCC. The 2013 Wine & Gourmet Gala is Saturday, April 26 at Spokane Community College.

Mini-Grant Program
Through its annual mini-grant program, the foundation funds CCS projects that directly support student learning. Grants typically range between $250 and $2,000, and any CCS instructor, staff member or student can apply. The foundation awarded $12,528 to 8 outstanding projects for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Funding Priorities

Avista Integrated Business and Entrepreneur Micro Lending Program
The establishment of the Avista Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship program under the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) in the fall of 2007 is an event that has and will have far-reaching impact on new businesses, jobs and the quality of life in our region. In 2012, Avista earmarked $125,000 in matching funds to establish a micro lending fund for program graduates. The CCS Foundation has embarked on a new campaign to raise an additional $250,000.

Supporting students is at the core of everything the foundation does. The foundation is proud to have awarded $2,004,254 in scholarships to 6,875 students over the last 5 years. While the foundation manages a variety of projects and seeks funding for key initiatives, securing private support to help men and women in Eastern Washington achieve their educational goals is its top priority.
Emerging Needs Endowment
Through the Emerging Needs Endowment, CCS Foundation seeks to build a long-term financial resource that strengthens the overall fiscal health of SCC, SFCC and the Institute for Extended Learning, provides support for areas of greatest need on our campuses, and assists students in their quest to improve their lives through education.

Touch the Future House
Since 1996, CCS Foundation has teamed with students and faculty at SCC and with area businesses to build and sell a house each year. The project provides hands-on experience for students in SCC’s construction trades programs and generates income for the Touch the Future scholarship fund. Over the past 15 years, nearly $1 million has been generated for scholarships and program support. CCS Foundation is leading a campaign to raise $100,000 to underwrite costs associated with this program and our 17th Touch the Future house!

Planned Giving
Gifts of cash, securities, personal property or real estate are instrumental in ensuring the future of CCS Foundation and have an immediate, positive impact on critical areas of need at Community Colleges of Spokane. Some potential donors may have concerns about the implications of an appreciable gift on their financial security, and planned giving is a good option to alleviate these concerns while ensuring a legacy for the future. Several types of gifts fall under this category, including bequests and life income gifts, such as charitable remainder trusts.

For more information, contact Tony Higley, Foundation Executive Director, at (509) 434-5125, or

CCS Alumni Association
When you study at and graduate from one of our colleges, you become a partner with Community Colleges of Spokane for life. Our alumni association is a great way to maintain this relationship. Managed through CCS Foundation, the alumni association builds and fosters ongoing relationships with alumni while supporting and promoting CCS’ mission by advancing higher education. Graduates of our colleges—or those who earned 30 credits or more at one of our institutions—are eligible to join.