Fiscal Year in Review 2015-2016

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A Letter from the President and Chief Executive Officer

Keetha Mills headshotThis past year marks the second year of implementation of the Foundation’s 2020 Strategic Plan designed to continue momentum toward providing innovative and impactful programs and resources that benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges.

The following five goals identified in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan are designed to focus efforts on the ways our programs and services support students, colleges, college foundations, and the system:

  • Goal 1: Students
    Expand student access, success, and educational and career outcomes through the promotion of student-centered resources and tools.
  • Goal 2: Community Colleges
    Strengthen Community Colleges by providing access to shared resources, simplified processes, and innovative, scalable, and sustainable programs, services, and solutions.
  • Goal 3: Community College Foundations
    Promote collaboration among, and bolster the capacity of, Community College-based foundations to support local fundraising efforts.
  • Goal 4: The California Community College System
    Further the missions and goals of the California Community Colleges and the statewide Chancellor’s Office by expanding and diversifying resources.
  • Goal 5: Foundation Infrastructure
    Foster a culture of excellence, integrity, shared leadership, and shared success to provide high-quality infrastructure, elevate the organizational profile, and exceed constituent expectations.

During fiscal year 2016, the Foundation is proud to report that we significantly increased overall year-over-year impact and exceeded virtually all annual plan metrics. Foundation programs and services are increasingly strategically aligned with the needs and priorities of the California Community College system, relationships with key constituents and partners continue to grow stronger, and new opportunities are being pursued, ensuring the balance of mission impact and sustainability.

Keetha Mills
President and Chief Executive Officer

By the Numbers

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Total Operating Revenue by Areas of Impact

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Sources of Support for New Awards

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Year Highlights

Student Success

Furthered collaborative efforts to support Student Success in the California Community College system.

This year, the Success Center for California Community Colleges continued to expand its partnership with the Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, taking a lead role on statewide professional development through the Professional Learning Network. We were also proud to support the launch of Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research, a program developed by the UC Davis School of Education to support and cultivate current and future community college leaders through professional development and research.

Increased student awareness of education planning and assessment.

Through a partnership with the California Community Colleges Technology Center at Butte College, the Foundation developed and implemented an outreach campaign to increase student awareness (and measure improvement) of education planning and assessment in support of the system’s Education Planning Initiative and Common Assessment Initiative. This work built upon our Step:Forward statewide student awareness campaign on priority enrollment, launched in 2014, to explain new rules regarding “priority registration.”

Supported the growth of college planning tools.

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI), one of the Foundation’s fiscally sponsored programs, combines technology-based college planning tools with a data infrastructure that supports sharing of academic data between K-12 districts and higher education partners to inform student admission, placement, guidance, and educational planning. CCGI received significant new state and philanthropic funding to support development and expansion.

Workforce Development

Expanded workforce development partnerships.

Through expanded partnerships with regional and statewide intermediaries, we have continued to build upon our suite of work-based learning services. New partnerships in this area include agreements with the California Workforce Investment Board and Employment Development Department for implementation of the State Working Group’s strategic plan.

Launched Here to Career, an early career and educational pathway mobile application.

The Foundation and Young Invincibles launched a mobile application designed to connect lower income Latino families in the Inland Empire region with educational opportunities that match their interests and will result in high-paying jobs to support themselves, their immediate families, and in many cases, their extended family. The Foundation is partnering with the Chancellor’s Office to expand the application to serve the entire state in 2017.


Secured support for student equity programs in the California Community Colleges.

The Foundation continued its support of student mental health through a contract with the California Mental Health Services Advisory, which extends our Student Mental Health program through October 2017. The Foundation also secured a contract with the California Department of Social Services to launch the Fresh Success program, which helps low-income Californians access an education and training program; seed funding for the program was provided by a number of philanthropic foundations.

Focused on K-12 afterschool programs through a partnership with the California AfterSchool Network.

The California Afterschool Network (CAN) secured new philanthropic funding, as well as a contract with the California Department of Education for annual state funding. Established in 2006 at the University of California, Davis, through a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, CAN’s mission is to provide out-of-school time practitioners, advocates, and community members with the resources and tools necessary to build high quality out-of-school time programs in California, focusing on K-16 partnership, collaboration, and continuous learning pathways.

Welcomed California LAW as a new fiscally sponsored project.

The Foundation welcomed California LAW to our family of fiscally-sponsored projects. CA-LAW’s mission is to establish a pipeline of diverse students from high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and law schools into law or law-related careers so that the legal profession reflects the diverse population of the State of California. Selecting the Foundation as a fiscal sponsor allows CA-LAW to focus on opening doors to the state’s top law schools and legal careers for our students.

System Support and Services

Increased collaborative purchasing opportunities available through CollegeBuys.

CollegeBuys partnered with the University of California and California State University systems in the California Higher Education Shared Services Initiative (CHESS), an intersegmental initiative related to shared services and collective procurement. The Foundation also launched California Connects, a low-cost mobile internet service designed to help close the digital divide for Californians.

Supported the work of the Network of California Community College Foundations.

The Foundation continued our long-standing partnership with the Network and, this year, was proud to also launch a new organizational website that raises the profile of the Network with its partners and constituents. This new website includes additional resources and best practices for operating a community college foundation in California.

Initiated technology enhancements to key software development projects.

FUSION, which serves as the primary tool for districts to manage building assessment, project prioritization, and capital planning data, is undergoing a redesign process to expand the system’s capabilities and ensure FUSION remains California Community Colleges’ daily source for analyzing and planning current and future facility needs. Technology enhancements are also currently in development for the Centralized Clinical Placement System technology tool (CCPS), which will result in a more functional, efficient, and responsive tool that helps nursing students secure clinical placements.


Launched new Foundation website and relocated into redesigned new space.

The Foundation launched the new Foundation website, focusing on aligning our work with system-wide priorities and initiatives. The Foundation also moved into a new space this year, redesigned to be an efficient, collaborative, branded work and meeting space for our employees, partners, and other constituents.

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