Ventura College Foundation
Geographic areas served: Ventura County, CA
Established in 1981, The Ventura College Foundation is an organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of the student educational experience through fundraising activities that provide scholarships to students, grants to staff members, and funds for special projects. The Foundation achieves this mission by administering scholarships and the newly founded Promise program for new high school graduates.
Annually the Foundation provides Ventura College with nearly $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants, and serves nearly 2,000 students. Over its history, the Foundation has raised more than $15 million in private support for Ventura College. Though Ventura College receives state funding, that funding falls far short of actually covering the costs incurred in providing quality educational opportunities for over 12,000 students. Through support from the Foundation's Board of Directors, community partnerships with businesses such as Limoneira company, Sage Publications, and individual and alumni donors, the Foundation meets its fundraising goals.
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