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This blog contains all breakout session presentations from the 6th annual conference, January 4-7, 2009 in Anaheim CA. Feel free to share this with colleagues, and post comments on the blog.


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Field of Dreams: Houston Scores with Innovative Public/Private Funding Effort

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Field of Dreams:  Houston Scores with Innovative Public/Private Funding Effort


Guide Description:
Learn how through the power of innovative public/private partnerships, Houston Community College was able to engage in the development of a successful athletics facility initiative that will service the community and at the same time provide financial support to the HCC Foundation.   


Full Description:  

Presenters would focus on the following learning outcomes:

  • The dos and don’ts of working with multiple partnerships
  • Negotiation strategies that were utilized for the HCC athletic facility development
  • Program review of unique partnership with the City of Houston/and the sharing of infrastructural development
  • A financial model of the project would be distributed for discussion
  • HCC Foundation’s fundraising involvement would be diagramed and distributed along with information concerning the established partners- reviewing their contribution and benefits received
  • The relevance and importance to a community college audience would be emphasized through a discussion of the creative academic/workforce and instructional benefits that the HCC athletic facility provides to the community
Successful Private/Public partnership examples within other educational institutions would also be discussed.

Dr. Art Tyler, COO/Deputy Chancellor, Houston Community College, Texas

Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, CFRE, Executive Director, Houston Community College Foundation, TX

Tags:  Fundraising 

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How PHCC Started a College Grown Venture Forum

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
How PHCC Started a College Grown Venture Forum


Guide Description:

With a successful certificate and degree granting Entrepreneurship/Small Business program it seemed logical to look at providing funding and business mentoring for new and emerging businesses.  As a result the Patrick Henry Community College Small Business Investment Forum had its first competition from Fall 2008-Spring 2009, ultimately awarding cash and business mentoring to two entrepreneurs.


Full Description:

Providing start-up capital for entrepreneurs is the next step for community colleges that want to provide the ultimate support to their entrepreneurs. This session will describe the process used by Patrick Henry Community College’s Foundation to create the Patrick Henry Community College Small Business Investment Forum (the Forum), a public/private partnership resulting in a competitive process used to award cash and business mentoring to new and emerging companies.  The presentation will include a discussion regarding selling the idea to the college, and convincing public and private organizations to provide resources, The Forum’s commitment that an entity had to “pay to play” to be part of the judging panel, an important decision for any venture forum, will also be discussed.  Finally, expectations and changes that the Forum hopes to integrate into its second year will be presented.  Hand-outs include judging forms used during the competition, correspondence to “winners” and “losers”, and media coverage.

Natalie Harder, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, Patrick Henry Community College, VA

Tags:  Fundraising 

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Entrepreneurial Development: Support for Community Colleges by Americas Private Foundations

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Entrepreneurial Development:  Support for Community Colleges by Americas Private Foundations


Guide Description:

The presenters (CRD Executive Director, Polly Binns, and CRD Past President, Steve Budd) will share the outcomes of a multi-year initiative involving an extended conversation between community colleges and America’s funding Foundations.  Community Colleges must act as the Conveners of a new conversation between public and private funders. This session will provide a hands-on opportunity to develop your college’s Case for Support.


Full Description:

Community Colleges are increasingly challenged in developing the financial resources for creating and sustaining new initiatives. Historically - grants, donor cultivation, and contracted training have been the entrepreneurial approaches to resource development, ensuring college advancement in the face of diminishing public funds. At the same time, a reliance on traditional fundraising approaches is increasingly insufficient.  Entrepreneurial Resource Development represents an approach that leverages the common interests of private foundations and community colleges to solve problems of local, regional and national significance. Acting entrepreneurially, community colleges are enjoying greater success than ever before in bringing private foundation funds in support of our multiple missions.  Community colleges are well equipped to serve as the convener of public and private stakeholders, and as agents of community development and change, community colleges provide a “common ground” where public and private funders come together. Building upon our role as change agents, community colleges will take the lead in forging new relationships with our America’s funding Foundations.


In this session, we will present the outcomes of a year-long conversation between the Council for Resource Development, and a cross section of our nations national and regional Foundations. Session content will focus on communicating what we have learned in terms of: 1. Understanding the workings of Private Foundations, 2.  The preferred approach to local, regional and national foundations, and 3. Making the Case for Community Colleges.


Half of the session would be devoted to presenting our findings. The second half would be a hands-on session whereby groups of participants will brainstorm the “Case” to be made to private foundation funders based upon the goals of both the college and the funder.  The session is designed to get the participating colleges “out of the gate” with a take home “Case Statement” for further development.

Steven Budd, President, River Valley Community College, NH

Polly Binns, Executive Director, Council for Resource Development, DC

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