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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Two-Year Colleges

Mission: Established in 1983, 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.

Results: 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.

Geographic areas served: Ventura County, CA

Programs: The Ventura College Foundation's core programs are: I.The Ventura College Promise An innovative program offering one year of free college for all recent Ventura County high school graduates, the Ventura College Promise Program was created to help remove the economic barriers associated with the path to a higher education. The VC Promise started in 2006 with 100 students and has grown to include more than 1,200 for the Fall 2010 semester. The Promise helps remove the perceived financial barrier of going to college and promotes direct, full-time, and continuous college enrollment --strategies proven to increase college going rates and improve student success. II. The Ventura College Foundation Scholarship program The scholarship program provides direct support to students by paying for enrollment fees, textbooks and lab fees, rent, utilities, childcare, transportation and all other necessary educational related expenses. During the 2010-2011 academic year, over one-third of scholarship recipients attended their first year at Ventura College for free, as participants in the VC Promise Program. III. Textbook Lending Library The Ventura College Library has two Textbook Lending Library Collections: the Reserve Textbook Bank, a non-circulating collection, and the Faith George Lending Library, a collection circulated to students for the semester. Both collections are invaluable resources to students who are unable to meet the high cost of college textbooks. On an annual basis, the Ventura College Foundation provides $25,000 to fund Textbook Lending Library resources. IV. Educational Enhancement Grants The Educational Enhancement Grant Program provides funds for Ventura College Faculty and Staff to improve and enrich classroom instruction, develop and/or augment student services or encourage creativity and exploration of new teaching methods. Available to full and part-time Ventura College employees, grants of up to $2,500 are awarded each year to deserving faculty and staff looking for innovative ways to enhance the educational experience of the students at Ventura College.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I separated from my husband and suddenly found myself single with two children. I was faced with the choice to take on additional hours at work which would help me short term, or to start school which would help me long term. I decided to go back to school, but was worried. The cost of school would directly take away from my ability to provide for my children. I started anyway and just hoped everything would work out. I studied hard because I was determined to succeed. I applied for a scholarship and I received one!!! Receiving the scholarship was absolutely critical in my ability to attend school. Beyond the scholarship, the Foundation and their donors made me feel like they believed in me. By being chosen as a scholarship recipient, they were saying they support me in helping me reach my academic goals for myself and my children. Receiving a scholarship was a monumental occasion - had I not received the scholarship, I wonder if I would even have been able to start the next semester. I will forever be grateful.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Ventura College for 5 years as a full time student. That is 9 semesters and 3 summer sessions! I lived in Ventura, which is essentially paradise. There's a cost to living in paradise however, and I wouldn't have been able to support myself and my adolescent daughter while pursuing my dream of becoming an RN, regardless of my 3 part time jobs, without the aid of the Ventura College Foundation. The Foundation staff assisted me through the detailed and sometimes complex process of seeking and applying for scholarships, of which won several. They were a continued source of support and strength and helped me to find donors who also supported my dream of bettering my life and the lives of all I touch.
I came from a place in my life which was riddled with addiction and nearly destroyed me. Thankfully I found strength to overcome that dangerous place when I finally understood that I was created, and desired to enhance the world we share rather than to cause pain and spread sorrow with the selfish, destructive tendencies of addiction. When I completed my time in treatment I found myself influenced by the guidance of a trusted counselor to realize my need to give of myself and touch lives in a positive way through nursing.
I became devoted to the cause and was driven to pursue the goal. It's sometimes daunting to be a full time student, a mom to an adolescent daughter, hold 3 part time jobs, and volunteer weekly. When the foundation staff would see me treading through they were all a source of encouragement and for that I will always be grateful. And they helped me establish a scholarship through the student nurse association on campus so that we too could begin to give back financially.
Currently, after 2 years as an RN, I am a hospice nurse. I get to help ease families through what is potentially the most frightening time in life for most people. I'm finding fulfillment that I never could have anticipated. I honestly don't believe I could have done it without the aid of the Ventura College Foundation. I simply wouldn't have been able to survive financially in nursing school without their help.