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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 2016-17 academic year donor contributions to the foundation reached 1.4 million to benefit our students. Financial support provided to the college from the Foundation (scholarships, direct student aid, programs, etc.) was $480,981, and to campus programs $1,011,074. 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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nickteam

Client Served

Rating: 5

With the help of the Mira Costa College Foundation, I've received scholarships to help cover my college expenses. This is a HUGE help to me and to my family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm super thankful for the generous scholarship I received to help with my college expenses. As a busy mom with five teenagers, this has relieved extra burden to help with the finances this school year. Thank you, Mira Costa!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the MiraCosta College Foundation. The work it does for MiraCosta students and the campus relfects in its students success and graduation rates. I am very lucky to be a part of the fundraising events the Foundation puts on, and to see the many scholarships the Foundation awards to very deserving students!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I think the work that the MiraCosta Foundation is truly amazing! I have seen so many different students, and a diversity of students, have life-changing moments that is in-part attributable to the scholarships and the other good work the foundation does. These students go on to be amazingly successful. It is a priviledge to be a part of a foundation that makes a noticeable and measurable difference in people's lives and their future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was really honor when I received a scholarship, it help me a lot and it boost my confidence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The scholarship that I received for this academic year helped me not hurt my commitment to my family members and eased my financial obligations. I started my education later in my life compared to other students, and I am grateful that I have chosen MiraCosta College and found the Foundation, which have been guiding and helping me to reach my goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and am thrilled at the progress and impact that the foundation is having on scholarships available at the college!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered after being introduced to MiraCosta adminstration in 1998. I benefited from 2 1/2 years at a community college so I know how valuable a role the community college system plays. This is true for those going on to a 4 year college, as well as those re-training for a new career. I have seen the foundation play a role in developing relationships with various local employers to create training programs such as the partnership with Genentech. This provides outstanding value to the students and the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a part of the MiraCosta College Foundation's mission has been a wonderful experience. As a dedicated board member, I see first-hand the work being done to benefit the lives of students from a variety of economic, social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The scholarship programs supported by the Foundation are life-changing. As a member of the Scholarship Committee this year, I had the opportunity to review many applications from students who have overcome incredible odds to pursue an education. Scholarships help in so many ways - to purchase books, buy gas for the car, give up that third job to be able to spend more time with the family or devote more time to studies. I highly recommend supporting MiraCosta College Foundation to anyone looking to make a difference in someone's life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had no words, to discribe how greatful I was and am still, when I got the award letter.
I will never forget the phone call I got from Linda telling me that my award changed from $1,000 to $2,500 dolares..I cried.
A big thank you to all the people involvend in the scholarship department
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Sonia

Board Member

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta foundation board is a joy to work with. The Director Linda Fogerson and her entire staff are engaged, and proactive in a way that makes board participation both fun and rewarding. The college is truly the cornerstone of the California College experience and making it possible for all students to participate in higher education is a great way of giving back to the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the MiraCosta College Foundation for two years and I am exceedingly happy with the direction the programs and operations management have laid out for the organization. As a volunteer I feel that the mission is clear, to help those who want a college education but need financial assistance to do so. The management of the foundation provides the framework to make it possible for a diverse group of volunteers and limited staff to meet this important community need. In addition the foundation has done a nice job of providing the information we need, in the form and format that allows us to communicate with the stakeholders of the college in a meaningful way. Clarity of purpose, and focused intent are hallmarks of this organization and I highly recommend participation in whatever capacity you are able.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am confident in the work the foundation puts forward in reaching fundraising goals and boosting student success. The Foundation has secured partnerships with corporations that are essential in meeting campaign and fundraising goals. They continue to turn out great work, and I look forward to their accomplishments this new academic year.

We set stretch goals every year due to the impact that our scholarships have on the community. Mira Costa College has helped many young people who would not have the opportunity to attend a college with out a hnad up.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known the executive director for 7 years and would describe her as a strong leader. Since the beginning of her tenure in 2005, she has guided the establishment and growth of a development program within the college and the creation of a fiscally sound foundation. The foundation is fortunate to have her at the helm and I look forward to continuing to work with her.

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.

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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.