TOP TRENDS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUNDRAISING
In an ever-changing world, community colleges are constant and dependable, responding to the needs of the nation’s citizenry, and the changing economy. Despite the changing politics of the country, community colleges will always remain that fixed point by which people can set their compasses to navigate change successfully. As consistent as the community college world is in meeting the needs of students, communities, and businesses there are some clear emerging trends at this important time in our history that are shifting, especially from a fundraising point of view. In this interactive session, we will explore the top trends facing community college fundraisers.
JOHN J. RAINONE, President, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, VA
JOSEPH APRIL, Partner & Community College Division Director, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, GA
INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT - FUNDRAISING THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
While grant funding, endowments, and donations have played a critical role in institutional advancement, old fashioned tactics of funding are becoming increasingly popular among community colleges. In this session, Hocking College administrators will discuss innovative techniques to raising resources the old fashioned way, we earn it. Participants will be led in a visualization imagining grant funding, endowments, and alumni donations were non-existent. How do you grow and thrive? What resources are available and how can institutions capture true cost of business while also generating funds for growth and expansion?
DR. BETTY YOUNG, President, Hocking College, OH
SEAN TERRELL, Dean, Workforce Development & Community Engagement, Hocking College, OH
Inventathon@HCC have become signature events drawing hundreds of high school and college students with dozens of mentors solving for community problems in maker spaces. Learn the elements of this successful event that solves problems, generates community support, and leads to many unexpected wins!
RAVI BRAHMBHATT, Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX
MAYA DURNOVO, Associate Vice Chancellor, Houston Community College, TX
TOP 10 WAYS YOUR MAKER SPACE CAN LEVERAGE COMMUNITY RESOURCES
From day one at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College (ICC), we’ve used activities and events at the Lab to leverage community engagement in the development and growth of the Lab. Some were planned strategically, but many resulted from keeping our eyes and ears open to opportunities to engage and collaborate with a diverse group of regional and community partners. The relationships developed from becoming involved in projects with community organizations like schools, libraries, chambers of commerce, government agencies, educational cooperatives and non-profit organizations has paid off to the tune of $1.129M in grants and donations since Fab Lab ICC inception in 2014 in spite of the fact that ICC is the smallest community college in Kansas at about 600 FTE and the population of Independence, Kansas is about 9,500.
The presentation will be a brief run-through of our Top 10 list of most unexpected activities and/or relationships that led to resource opportunities.
The group activity will be in two parts after dividing the group into groups of 2-4:
JIM CORRELL, Director, Fab Lab ICC, Independence Community College, KS
TIM HAYNES, Manager Fab Lab ICC, Independence Community College, KS
JOANNE SMITH, Owner, Fab Creative Services, Fab Lab ICC, KS
THE ROGUE WAY: CREATING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL FUND
In 2016 when the Rogue Community College Board of Education selected a new college president, the board created an entrepreneurial fund for the president to use at her discretion. Based on past experience in developing an entrepreneurial college culture, the president worked with her executive team to create an application and award process whereby college employees could apply for access to these funds to support entrepreneurial efforts.
The process requires applicants to work with the college Small Business Development Center to create a proposal that includes a business plan with an expected, measurable return on investment with accountability checks. There were very few applications the first year, and some missed the mark in terms of measurable ROI the second year. However, a few were approved and moved forward to implementation. The college executive team now understands the concept of entrepreneurship through experiential learning in the development, review, approval, and accountability processes. The entrepreneurial fund is now seen as an incubator for new ideas that can generate revenue for the college, and data literacy skills are improving through the continued review and tracking of approved projects.
CATHY KEMPER-PELLE, President, Rogue Community College, OR
RON GOSS, Executive Director, Small Business Development Center, Rogue Community College, OR