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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Scouting

Mission: The Ohlone College Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit auxiliary organization created to support Ohlone College in the execution of its strategic mission. The Foundation focuses on the critically important task of raising funds to support a broad array of educational programs.

Results: The Foundation manages $4.5 million dollars in assets and provides approximately $100,000 in student scholarships on an annual basis. The board of directors consists of corporate, community and philanthropic leaders who have a dedicated interest in the well-being of the College. The Ohlone College Foundation also manages the Alumni and Friends program – providing graduates an opportunity to stay connected.

Programs: Ohlone Starry Night Gala; 28th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would give the Ohlone Scholarship Foundation a five out of five rating due to their immense generosity and organization throughout my two years at Ohlone College. Their generous donations have given me the opportunity to attend SJSU with a scholarship. I am incredibly grateful for their generosity seeing that my mother who will be paying for two college tuitions in the fall of 2015. There has been much of this looming finical burden that has been placed on my family since my father has been unemployed and my sister and I are simultaneously attending college. Therefore the HOSTS scholarship I have received means a great deal of financial security for the education aspirations I still have yet to fulfill.
I can guarantee that their donations will create a ripple effect by impacting my own future in addition to making positive changes to our world. I will be studying Nutritional Science with an emphasis in packaging and a minor in business. My dreams are to be able to market and create packaging that can minimize the carbon footprint of our society while still being consumer friendly. With these passions I hope I will one day be able to package the food and electronic devices that will be sold to Disneyland, along with other huge companies. A true aspiration of mine would be to one day walk in Disneyland and see that my consumer and environmentally friendly packaging will be present throughout the park. However, without attending college these dreams wouldn’t have been imaginable or yet even possible. Thank you for not only donating towards my tuition at San Jose State University, but also for allowing me to imagine and one day pursue my wildest dreams.
Without this scholarship foundations I would've never found my passion in life. It was because I received a scholarship my senior year from Ohlone that I decided to go there instead of other CSUs. The one scholarship called the Ohlone Promise Scholarship allowed to continue to play volleyball and truly have the time to determine what I wanted my major to be. Due to the fact, that I didn't feel pressured like other students at a 4 yr university that have to worry about getting out swiftly in order to not accumulate an immense amount of debt. The fact that I had time to enroll in many classes and not have to worry about the cost truly allowed me to find a major I am passionate about. Without the Ohlone Scholarship Foundation I could imagine I would be $24,000 or more in debt and choosing a meaningless major. The Ohlone Scholarship Foundation had changed my life and was the mold I needed in order to shape a future for myself.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,

My name is Darren Nelson I am an Ohlone College student who was selected for a 2015 HOSTS scholarship. I take my studying very seriously and am beyond words for the kindness shown to me supporting my educational goals. The Ohlone College Foundation demonstrated to me the good natured and honest intentions of the community to support hard-work and diligence.

Thank you for all who have made my scholarship possible and I shall not forget my duty later, after college, to be as kind.

Darren K. Nelson

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a beneficial owner from this nonprofit organization. I feel deeply grateful. Not only I get the money support from this group to continue my further study, but also I feel the power from the community and the society and get motivated. This give me great hope. In the near future, I hope i can do something to feedback ohlone college foundation and also the society.

Denna K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great experience! Even though award is not that much, it helps a lot to students emotionally.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recipient of one of many scholarships available to Ohlone students. I would like to thank the Foundation and the donors. The entire process was a positive experience, from application to scholarship reception ceremony. I think the things they are doing are amazing and help students like myself continue to succeed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a recipient, I think the scholarship ceremony was very successful. Thanks for my donors and Ohlone College Foundation.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the chair of the Ohlone Foundation because I want to "give back." All of the members of my family have attended California community colleges and have gone on to earn four year degrees. I have volunteered to be on the foundation because I recognize the important role of the foundation in assisting the students and faculty at Ohlone.

Ohlone College's recent high ranking among the 112 community colleges in California is proof positive that the college is on the right course. The foundation can take a small measure of credit for that ranking by it support of the college and its students.

Bob Douglass
Foundation Chair


Rating: 5

As a former graduate of Ohlone College and current Ohlone College Board Member, I can't say enough good things about the college. The college has been serving our community for over 40 years. It is a pleasure to be associated with Ohlone throughout my academic and professional career.
Brad Hatton