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Bucks County Community College Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: To advance the College as a community of excellence and act as a supporting partner in Bucks County Community College's efforts to provide a quality education to all interested and active learners. The Foundation will approach local, regional, and national supporters to create partnerships and raise funds, assistance, and awareness in support of both new and existing educational opportunities.

Results: - Award more than $250,000 in student scholarships annually. - Provide more than $50,000 in faculty and staff grants annually to enhance the campus and classroom environment through innovative thinking. - Supported campus expansion in Lower and Upper Bucks with $2.25 million.

Target demographics: the students, faculty and staff at Bucks

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 students with the rising costs of higher education by providing more than $250,000 in scholarship assistance.

Geographic areas served: higher education

Programs: community events, scholarship drives, and grants that all strive to provide a quality education to all interested and active learners and support both new and existing educational opportunities.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud graduate of the Bucks County Community College and recognize the important role my education and experience at BCCC continues to have in my successful career. Now that I am a member of the Bucks County Community College Foundation, I am proud to promote its mission and raise funds to support students committed to higher education. I can see first hand the impact the Foundation has on countless students and it is incredibly rewarding to know that these students are prepared as I was to begin their careers. From time to time, I meet these students and they are honored to share their educational experiences at BCCC, made possible by the Foundation. The Foundation plays an important role in the success of the college and in turn, an important role in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended BCCC while transitioning from an out of state college to one back home. BCCC not only had the variety of classes I needed to explore, but the resources to understand my vision and career goals. Even though it was one semester, I am thankful for my time at BCCC and always enjoy a reason to visit campus. BCCC is a place to support because it supports so many others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an employee of Bucks County Community College, I have been very fortunate to be able to volunteer with such an excellent Foundation. I strongly believe in giving back and do a lot of volunteering, and I have such respect for this Foundation and all their efforts in making such a difference in the community. The Bucks County Community College Foundation is certainly doing all they can in providing programs not only for students but for the community. We are very fortunate to have this Foundation as part of our college.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with the BCCC Foundation for many years and have found them all to be very engaged and active non-profit professionals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been Volunteering either the foundation for 9 years as a student of BCCC and as alumnus. Their events help raise funds for scholarships in these difficult finiancial times and Donors enjoy them as well. These events also help businesses who are trying to promote their brands and products by sponsorship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great staff , making my volunteer time very easy and fun. Very creative in the ways we can raise funds. They truly respect every opinion of the various donors and volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Bucks County Community College Foundation is a great charity. The work they do helps to keep the costs down for the residents of Bucks County to obtain a top notch education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an alum and a volunteer on various committees at BCCC. I have worked very closely with the Foundation. They are a great group! I am always impressed with their commitment to the students, the college and the community!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former professor at BCCC, I saw first hand the difference that the BCCC Foundation made in the lives of our students and the college. They funded scholarships for many who would otherwise be unable to attend college. These students have gone on to become nurses, teachers and productive members of our community. The Foundation also helped the college fund innovative programs and professional development which enrich the quality of services provided to the community. As a retired faculty member, I continue to donate to the Foundation because I can see that my contributions are having a direct effect on the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

Bucks County Community College and the Bucks County Community College Foundation have been long time partners of mine and my employer, PNC. They are a fantastic organization to work with and they do important fundraising and development for the Bucks County, PA community. On the Foundation side, both Tobi and Jean, and several others, have always been accessible and transparent in their endeavors. We look forward to a continued partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Horizon Services believe strongly in giving back and looks for organizations to partner with that are making a difference in the community. The Bucks County Community College Foundation is certainly doing that with all the different events, education and programs they are providing to not just students, but the community. The staff is hard working, easy to get along with, genuine and passionate about what they do. We hope to continue a long standing relationship with BCCC!

Donor

Rating: 5

The BCCC Foundation is a FABULOUS non profit that through it's Gateway to Self Sufficiency program works with the Bucks County Opportunity Council to move motivated individuals from poverty to self sufficiency by providing them with education that literally changes their lives. My business is a proud donor to the BCCC Foundation! Every business could contribute and through these scholarships, help turn those in need, to those who contribute...... the next employee, customer, tenant, homeowner, community servant. Keep up the great job BCCC Foundation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Foundation for 4 years now, and they are a great bunch to work with!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Bucks County Community College. I have been involved since it started in 1964 in one way or another. first as a Foundation Board memberuntil my interests took me to restoration work on Tyler Hall and its gardens. In the last fifteen years I have been a supporter of students' efforts.

Considering the size of the college it has always felt very personal and welcoming. No matter how small my contributions may be they are received with a feeling of importance by the Foundation Office. It is a very special place and an important part of Bucks County.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Bucks County Community College Foundation is a great charitable organization. I have been donating to the BCCC Foundation for the last decade. Tobi’s insightful and thoughtful assistance has made it easy to establish an endowment at the college. I have also worked with him to select the appropriate naming opportunity to honor one of my family members for his decades of service at the college. I simply cannot say enough about the staff and their professionalism, both in how they treat their donors and in how they wholeheartedly embrace the Foundation’s mission.
-Jonathan N.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Bucks County Community College Foundation has partnered with the Bucks County Opportunity Council for several years to provide scholarships for low income students working towards self-sufficiency. Recently we again partnered to provide reliable transportation to low income people in Bucks County through a car donation program. BCCC, Tobi and staff are invested in the community of Bucks County and strive to provide educational opportunities to our most vulnerable populations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

BCCC Foundation partners with other area nonprofits to create scholarship opportunities for low income students. This collaborative approach helps to serve students most in need and is a strategy recognized nationally as a best practice to help break the cycle of poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally volunteered for various foundation fundraising events. They were all well planned and organized. It was fun volunteering for the events and it was enjoyed by all. One such event was the Tyler Tasting which promoted community support, was well attended, and provided a platform for networking. While volunteering I was able to meet individuals and obtain an internship in my major. The efforts of everyone involved proved to be a success. In my opinion, the Tyler Tasting event was a highlight of the foundation's endeavors in its efforts to raise money for student scholarships. I was one such student fortunate to receive a foundation scholarship. I hope to continue to be part of this great community college and offer my support.

2 Sammie J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a soon to be bachelor's degree graduate I would like to thanks Bucks County Community College because it would not have been possible without this amazing school's help. I was a fish out of water when I first started there and frankly I drowned a few times but BCCC was always there when I finally found my breath again. I not only received my Associates in Social Work, from Bucks County Community College, I also found my confidence.
The college life is not the only place you are forced to take tests because life is has always and will always test us. Through my class room experience and my interactions with staff and students I believe I am a more confident and thoughtful person. College isn't just an opportunity to learns facts and gain a piece a paper. It is a way to learn about yourself and BCCC allows you to do that at your own pace (and at an awesomely great price.)
I graduated class of 2012 and about two months ago I went back and bought a sweater from their gift shop. I wear it all the time at Temple because I am a proud graduate of Bucks County Community College.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Tobi and staff are focused on student success through donor support

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an honor that we were able to honor our favorite Aunt and Mother by establishing scholarships in their names !!!

The Bucks County Community College Foundation facilitated this for us. With their assistance, what was general conversation among four sisters became a reality. Their guidance and support was sincere and focused on the best way to allow us to pay tribute to these wonderful women.