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MiraCosta College

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: The Vision of the MiraCosta College Foundation is to ensure that no one is denied access to education because of financial need and that resources are available to enrich the college experience for all students. In service to that vision, our mission is to promote the interests and the welfare of the college and secure resources that will transform student lives.

Results: Our donors make a significant impact. During the 2015-16 academic year donor contributions to the foundation reached 1.3 million to benefit our students. Financial support provided to the college from the Foundation (scholarships, direct student aid, programs, etc.) was $491,873, and to campus programs $470,911. Over 2,300 students who might otherwise have been unable to persist and succeed received direct assistance to attend school, be it a scholarship, a textbook, an emergency grant, or food assistance. Donors make a difference in how we impact our students' success.

Target demographics: Individuals of any sort, seeking to gain access to higher, affordable education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,362 students receive support in the form of a scholarship, textbook or other means.

Geographic areas served: Coastal North San Diego County

Programs: textbook assistance, scholarship funding, and direct student aid, in the forms of gift cards, bus passes, and gas cards.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Miracosta College Foundation for assisting me with financial support to reach my educational goals. I contemplated taking time off from school to meet my financial obligations, but thanks to the Miracosta College Foundation, I was able to spend more on my academics. I am now one semester away from earning my bachelors degree in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from Cal State Long Beach!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not received a scholarship through the Foundation, but my enrollment at MiraCosta allowed me to see the great work the office has done for students who have received scholarships. I have friends who without the help from the Foundation would not have been able to financially get through school. Scholarship funding promotes student success, which you can see in the numbers of students graduating each year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation has made a significant impact on my education. The scholarships I have received have given me the continued motivation and recognition to help me see that I am truly accomplishing my goals and achieving at the high level I expect from myself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira COsta College Foundation awarded me a scholarship for $1,000. The money was very helpful in my studies and I will be forever greatful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They put an information booth at the Oceanside campus where I was told about scholarships and that helped me to don't get too far into debt with student loans. The scholarship online application was easy to fill out. Overall, they have been very helpful making it easy for me (a mother of a special needs son) to get the info I need about scholarships. I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers and donors.

Client Served

Rating: 4

MCC Foundation is amazing/genuine organization. I received a scholarship for my college expenses for Fall 2013. The Foundation really cares about making students successful and as the cost of secondary education rises it is more difficult to achieve those goals. Thank you all so much for the work the Foundation does, the scholarship money has helped make this semester that much less stressful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta Foundation saved my life! I am an adult learner who re-entered College after a long time without finding work in a down economy. Without their guidance and support I wouldn't be 8 classes away from getting my degree and moving on with my career in Social services! Thank you MiraCosta Foundation for believing in me and being there for me when I didn't think I could financially or emotionally make it through the challenges of my educational journey!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira Costa Foundation helped me tremendously to pay for college and leave with no debt which is a huge step for me. I can now complete my education goals and focus on the academics without the stress of finance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation is focused on enabling students transforms their lives. The community college serves a high percentage of students who need to work, those who are the first in their families to attend college and an increasing number of veterans and military family members. The Foundation is properly managed and is fully supported by the Board of Trustees and Administration. Scholarship funding has steadily and impressively grown over the past five years.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The operation of the MiraCosta College Foundation is clearly focused on its mission – providing financial support for students in need and enhancing the college experience for everyone. The President attends each meeting and offers a candid assessment of campus needs and accomplishments. The staff is focused and efficient. The foundation uses an effective committee structure. There are formalized opportunities to thank and recognize donors.

J-me C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira Costa College Foundation has provided me with not only financial support, but hope for the future and has given me a network of professional people that I can continue to touch basis with as my education goes further.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'll like to say thank you for all the help from the non-profit organization. It's been a pleasure to me and my family. Thank you very much

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a product of the Dust Bowl generation chronicled in John Steinbeck's book Grapes of Wrath. My parents were farmers from Oklahoma, who had been devastated by the drought and dust storms in the Midwest. We arrived in Bakersfield, California in 1938. I was 10 years old, the eldest of 3 children. We, the whole family, became migrant workers. We picked cotton, cut grapes, and picked fruit. The work was all piece work, which meant that what the children cut or picked added to the total income. My parents, being the children of farmers, were allowed to attend school, when there weren't crops to harvest or chores to be done. My father had about 3 years of elementary education. My mother did complete the 8th grade, which was as far as the one room prairie schools offered. Thus, they had no background to guide me about going to college. Not knowing what I wanted to do or become, I enrolled in the local Junior College, as this level was then called. I took vocational courses for almost 2 years. I planned to get my AA, get out, and get a job. One day, when I was in the library, May Louise Jones, the Librarian, and the wife of my favorite teacher, said "Knox, you should continue your education and get a 4 year degree". My reply was "Mrs. Jones, that would take another year or two of academic classes to get the required courses" Her response was "Time is going to pass whether you are in school or not". As simple as that statement was it convinced me that she was right. UCLA, was where my favorite teacher, Mr. Jones. had attended. In the fall of 1949 I had the number and required courses to transfer to UCLA as a junior in business administration. I graduated in June of 1951. I can say, without hesitation, that had I not had 3 and 1/2 years to "find myself" in a community college, I would never earned a 4 year degree. Much credit also goes to inspirational teachers like Mr. and Mrs. Jones, and many others like them who have a MAJOR IMPACT on the lives of first generational college students like me. My sister and brother also attended BJC. My sister graduated from San Diego State, now SDSU. My brother went even further, earned his Phd in Education at USC, and spent the last 17 years as a superintendent of schools in the Taft and Bakersfield area. We all agree, that this could never have happened had it not been for the community college experience! It is for these reasons, and many more, that I am proud to be a member of The MiraCosta College Foundation Board! Linda Fogerson, is our Executive Director. She had done an excellent job of building a great group of men and women as board members, and through them and her personal and staff efforts has increased the annual donations to the foundation by more than 3 Xs what it was when she took the position about 6 years ago. It is a joy and a privilege to work with her, her staff and the board members in our goals to provide scholarships and work towards the success of the students! Knox Williams

Carolyn37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a full time student, part time student aid, and single mom. Going back to school for me at 40 was quite scary. But going through Mira Costa, and utilizing all of their services, I was able to obtain the help I need to succeed. I work really hard at my grades and was so pleased to be awarded a scholarship! This foundation has made my success all worth it by being able to have all of the necessary supplies & books. The scholarship definetely helped, and the way they go about it made me feel like a star. What a blessing to be able to work with the Mira Costa Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had written mini grants from various sources to help get a foster youth component to my program started. After a couple of nickel and dime grants I was ready to rethink this component. Linda Fogerson and her staff stepped in and help secure a more sustainable grant and now we are serving more former foster youth who have timed out of the system and wish to attend college. They are an amazing group of professionals! Their work has freed me to concentrate on serving my most at risk students.

Julie93

Donor

Rating: 5

MiraCosta College has an award-winning theater department that I am proud to support. Giving to the foundation allows me to have an impact on a brilliant program that changes students’ lives and is a rich cultural resource for our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are pleased to offer our financial support to this foundation. The tireless work put into fundraising and the feedback from students who have been recipients of scholarships, plus seeing results first hand has been very rewarding. The college’s theater department and its students are close to our hearts and we have earmarked some of our donations specifically to them. When we give to the foundation we know that our dollars go to an outstanding program and deserving students. We so appreciate that they keep us in the loop of what is going on at the college and give us many opportunities to support it in different ways. It is an honor to be part of what is going on at MiraCosta. We appreciate everyone who works at the foundation their time, effort and outreach.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Mira Costa Foundation Board during the past year. I find this organization very inspiring. They consistently demonstrate a sincere and active commitment to the academic programs and to improving the scholarships and other forms of support that contribute to students' success at the College and in life. I'm familiar with the fundraising and endowment-enhancing operations of larger institutions, and the MCF staff consistently demonstrates a high level of professional know-how and energy that would do justice to much bigger organizations. I am also impressed with the College's and the Foundation's commitment to information - based planning and decision making. In a setting where flying by the seat of the pants can be all too prevalent, Mira Costa's discipline and commitment to rigorous analysis is refreshing. Through volunteer work at a local social service agency I have gained a keen appreciation of just how important it is to have an affordable track to higher education for the most distressed youth in our community. The Mira Costa Foundation sees this need clearly and works tirelessly to provide the needed assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation has been a great help to me in achieving my academic goals. They helped me afford my tuition as well as introduce me to people working in my field. A scholarship I received from a local business through the foundation led to a summer internship and practical work experience. All of this was possible because of the generosity of the MiraCosta College Foundation and the hard work of the financial aid staff at MiraCosta College.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciated the help money-wise because it helped me continue to go to school and to have the supplies needed. But Iam truly thankful because I believed that someone very special without knwing me deposited their trust in my education.They made me feel special and trusted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Executive Director and staff at MiraCosta College Foundation are some of the most hard working and visionary people we have at the college. They see "the big picture" at all times and work diligently to integrate all that they do to leverage donated dollars for the most good. They have a focused interested in helping the college launch programs and projects that maximize human potential through their efforts to secure training and educational donations. My own department would be at a terrible disadvantage if it were not for the foundations assistance at every turn and their determination to help us with the funding necessary to grow programs that help put people back to work. They are part of what makes MiraCosta College a great institution.