The Annual Campaign is an integral part of CCS Foundation's overall fundraising efforts. Annual Campaign gifts make a profound impact on students and faculty members throughout Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. Gifts to the campaign provide scholarships, enrich academic programs, and improve campus facilities, while providing rewards and development opportunities for faculty.
Contributions to the Annual Campaign may take many forms. Your contribution may be directed to a particular scholarship or program, or you may prefer to support areas of greatest need at CCS through an unrestricted gift. By giving to the Annual Campaign, you are enabling us to Inspire. Enrich. And Uplift our students.
Cars for Causes
Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation has partnered with Cars 4 Causes® to process our vehicle donations. Cars 4 Causes® is America's 1st vehicle donation charity and specializes in turning donated vehicles into cash for your favorite charity. Your donation to Cars 4 Causes® will help raise money for Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS).
Center for Entrepreneurship Campaign
The Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Program (IBE) at Spokane Community College is an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education that significantly benefits students, faculty and the community. The campaign to endow and sustain this program ensures it will serve generations to come.
The Emerging Needs Endowment was created to provide ongoing funding for the pressing needs of the colleges and its students. Donations to this endowment will be permanently invested, with only a portion of the interest income spent annually. Through this endowment, donors can help address the priority needs of the colleges today and in years to come.
Exceptional Faculty Awards
CCS Foundation established the Exceptional Faculty Award Endowment Fund in 1997. It has been funded with matching dollars from the Washington State Legislature and the foundation. In 2003 and 2007, the foundation partnered with Spokane Teacher's Credit Union (STCU) in an effort to award more Exceptional Faculty awards each year. With significant contributions from STCU, an additional $100,000 was added to the endowment, allowing the foundation to award more Exceptional Faculty awards each year.
The funds are endowed, enabling the foundation to use interest earned to make the annual awards. A district-wide committee is appointed to develop criteria for nomination and a timeline for the nomination process. Ten exceptional faculty members are awarded $1,000 each through this annual award program.
To apply for 2015, click here.
Faculty, Staff and Student Mini-Grants
In the fall of 2006, CCS Foundation launched a new mini-grant program to address funding priorities for projects that enhance student learning opportunities and cannot be financially supported by the colleges. Faculty and staff from throughout the district were invited to submit proposals.
Since the inception of the program, 72 projects have been funded for a total of $82,614. The volume of applications and the high quality of the proposals clearly demonstrate the need for such a program. In the Fall of 2011, we opened the program to students.
The Saling Award recognizes outstanding professional-exempt employees and mid-level administrators (under the Vice President level). Faculty, administrators, professional-exempt or classified staff, trustees, and foundation board members can submit nominations. Up to three (3) $1,000 awards will be granted this year
Welty Professional Development Grant
The Welty Grant for Systemic Program and Professional Development at Community Colleges of Spokane is the cornerstone for a new institutional culture where entire departments, divisions, even colleges—can recreate, retool and re-engage themselves to develop new and responsive educational opportunities for students.
Click here for additional details regarding the Welty Grant program.
Foundation Vision / Mission
2013-14 Annual Report
2013-14 Audited Financials