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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

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Bucks!!! I talk about them all the time! I attended Bucks and received my Associates Degree. I have also been volunteering for years with various events. They're a great school with a wonderful staff. I would highly recommend Bucks to anyone!

Board Member

Rating: 5

BCCC does an amazing job engaging with the community and consistently strives to enrich the lives of students, faculty, alumni, and others. Charity events, community service, and cultural events are just a few of the many ways that Bucks makes an impact.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great staff help support the mission of the foundation of providing support to the student at BCCC! Their events are top notch and create great excitement about everything going on at the College.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new member of the BCCC Foundation Board. I am a BCCC alum (86) and have been getting more actively involved volunteering at the college over the last several years. I chose to spend my time giving to the college because of what it did for me many years ago and also how impressed I am with all of the remarkable and unique things the college offers today. Due to my circumstances at the time, if it were not for the Bucks, I'm not sure I would have been able to go to college, certainly not full time. It was my only option back then, at a time when college costs were a fraction of what they are today. My education at Bucks was exceptional and met or exceeded my later experience at a four-year college and then law school. Today I am a partner in a successful law firm. I'm not sure I would be where I am if it were not for Bucks.

Today, Bucks provides broad opportunities for students, young and old, to obtain an affordable college education, job training, continuing education, certificate programs, and more. The faculty, administration, educational experience, facilities and programs are comparable to most four-year colleges. But Bucks also provides unparalleled support for the community through its workforce development, continuing education, certificate programs, community and business training, firefighter/public safety training, arts programs, summer camps, etc. It gives so many people an opportunity to lift themselves up if they are willing to work for it.

Many of these opportunities would not be possible without the Foundation. The Foundation cultivates relationships with local, regional and national supporters to provide funds, assistance and awareness in support of existing and new educational opportunities. As public funding sources become more scarce, the Foundation's support allows the college to continue to provide an accessible, affordable and innovative education, while also serving as an important partner to the community. The Foundation staff and Board are an extraordinary group, dedicated to the mission of the college and working continuously to help support and expand the college's impact. I would encourage anyone interested in helping others to help themselves, to check out Bucks and the BCCC Foundation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BCCC Foundation does wonderful things to help the students at Bucks. The assistance and scholarships given to students through the foundation continue to allow them to further their education with less financial burden. But it doesn't stop there. They also assist with fighting hunger on campus and other needs the students have.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i attended and graduated from Bucks County Community College after completing a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Bucks gave me an opportunity to expand and improve my communication skills, which lead to successful career in management in the railroad industry. I had fondmany fine professors who helped me during my time there, particularly Dr. Frederick Hyde, who taught writing and journalism courses.

I am now member of Bucks’ Alumni Association whose objective is to engage with alumni with fun and educational events as well as create meaningful interactions with current students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The skills and confidence I gained at Bucks led to a Ph.D. and two gratifying careers, the second of which led me back to the college, to offer what I could to its tradition of teaching excellence. The Foundation's focus on helping students is laser-sharp, and the integrity of its partnerships adds vitality and empowerment to our entire community.

Liz M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What does it take to build a centered, successful life and an excellent career? It takes a strong foundation. That is exactly what the BCCC Foundation provides by the work it does for the students at Bucks County Community College and for all who participate at BCCC. Because of its continual guiding presence, the BCCC Foundation continues to develop, nurture and encourage the dreams of those whose lives it touches. As a former student who found her voice at BCCC and now as an alumni council member, I am blessed to be a part of, and also benefit from, this extraordinary non-profit organization.
From many of us who have never said it out loud, thank you for enriching and changing lives in such a positive and life-affirming way. The BCCC Foundation truly makes a difference in the lives of so many with the work that it does.
Liz Murphy
Proud Graduate & Alumni Council Member

David F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

BCCC foundation does awesome work in engaging past students with current happenings of the university. It's helped me engage with the school as an alumni

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I credit my early experience as a student at Bucks County Community College as the catalyst for my continued academic and professional development which led me to a successful 35 year career as an executive in the Federal Court system. Now in retirement, it has been my pleasure to return to Bucks as a member of the Alumni Council. In this capacity, I am fortunate to witness first hand the incredible impact of the the Foundation’s efforts in creating development opportunities and resources for the student community through its successful fundraising initiatives. The Foundation is to be commended for making a positive difference in the lives of so many in the community.

1 jeckfield

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a phenomenal experience at BCCC. The professors were top notch and exceeded my expectations. They always went the extra mile when I needed any assistance. The campus is beautiful, I was sad when it came time to transfer to finish my degree at a four year university. I was recently honored with an alumni award for community service. It was a honor to sit at commencement in my regalia and watch the class of 2018 graduate. Each student beamed with pride and excitement as they walked to receive their diplomas. Thank you Bucks for giving me such a great platform to begin my academic journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at BCCC! The professors were excellent and gave me a great foundation moving to a four year university. I would highly recommend BCCC to anyone!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bucks County Community College launches students. There I got my confidence that I could get a college degree. I went on to a bachelors degree. Then a MBA at night school Maintained a 30 year career in government. Married. Raised 2 successful Eagle Scouts and men. It all began with Bucks County Community College. Confidence. Affordable and leading edge

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a student and alumn of BCCC and someone who revived a scholarship while attending I can attest to the level of care and dedication the foundation has for its students and mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As President of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC), we've been fortunate to work with the Foundation and College for more than 25 years. Their support for our programs and high quality education for all in Bucks County is unparalleled. We have underwritten scholarships for music students for years, and feel that this is a great way to further both our mission as well as the Foundation's mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for BCCC Foundation at their Tyler Tasting event for many years. It is always a well organized event that the guests enjoy and then seem willing to make generous donations. As volunteers, we know what is expected of us and that staff is always available to answer any questions/concerns. Many of the volunteers are current students and several are past students that have been coming back for years, showing that they support the mission of this organization. The staff is dedicated to their cause and let the volunteers know that we are appreciated.

1 Sam G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Foundation of the Bucks County Community College is the best foundation that I have ever worked with. The staff knows what they are doing and where they want to take the foundation. I am so impressed with everything that I have been a part with the foundation. I can't wait to see the foundation has the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bucks County Community College Foundation is truly dedicated to supporting students through their educational experience at the college.
An organized, and well engaged alumni council connects current students with alumni who significantly contribute to exciting opportunities for students to work as interns to better the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm rating this nonprofit from a volunteer's standpoint. My name is Kathy Masulis and I run the Single Volunteers of Bucks County, a local volunteer group in the community. We work with over 30 different organizations throughout the year, performing all kinds of tasks. When we participate in any event for the BCCC Foundation I have no problem getting willing volunteers because our experiences with this group have all been very positive. Their events are well-planned, volunteers are shown respect and appreciation, and the time we spend at their events is always enjoyable. Many of our group have ties to the BCCC through our undergraduate studies, continuing ed courses, family members who attend, or just attending activities that the community college holds throughout the year. We are happy to be part of this organization whenever they have need of us and support them in their endeavors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What this foundation does for the Bucks Community is remarkable. They help change lives both in education and personal fulfillment. I am proud and honored to be a part of this school and foundation.