Major Grants

Supporting the California Community Colleges

Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to be one of the largest operating foundations in higher education. Today, the Foundation has the capacity and expertise to respond quickly to the needs of California’s colleges and communities. The Foundation realizes over $30 million in revenue each year to support students, colleges, college foundations, and the California Community College system, and has provided over $200 million in direct grants, support, and cost savings to the Community Colleges and Chancellor’s Office.

Workforce Development

The Foundation’s workforce development efforts expand the availability of meaningful work-based learning, in alignment with the California Community College’s (CCC) “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” framework.

Air Quality Technician Training and Smog Check Referee Program, available at 30 campuses
Approximately $6 million annually, California Bureau of Automotive Repair 

Career Pathway Internship Facilitation Service
Sustainable project operated since 1998 

LaunchPath Work-based Learning Platform 
$1.5 million, JPMorgan Chase Foundation;
$150,000, California Workforce Investment Board 

Community College Linked Learning Initiative
$3 million, CCC CTE Pathway Program

Nursing Education Centralized Placement System, operating in 7 regions nationwide
$3.5 million, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 

Career Café Early Career Navigation Mobile Application 
$375,000, Kellogg Foundation

CCC National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Program
$285,000, NSF

Student Success

Student Success, the Foundation’s flagship fundraising initiative, has championed and supported the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative from inception to implementation. In addition to these efforts, the Foundation manages the $70 million CCC Student Scholarship Endowment, launched in 2008 by the generosity of the Bernard Osher Foundation. 

Student Success Task Force
$250,000, Irvine Foundation, Walter S. Johnson Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lumina Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation 

Step:Forward student priority registration awareness campaign and website
$845,000, Kresge Foundation 

Capacity-Building for Student Success 
$450,000, California Education Policy Fund 

Success Center for California Community Colleges
$500,000, Kresge Foundation and Jobs for the Future 

Leadership, Research, and Policy Development Center at UC Davis
$150,000, Hearst Foundations 

California Colleges Guidance Initiative
$2.5 million annually, multiple funder


The Foundation’s Equity programs provide quality educational and training programs for Community Colleges and their students. Programs aim to enhance existing services that assist students in pursuing their academic goals, launching career paths, and shaping roles as active citizens in local communities.

California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program
$10.2 million, California Mental Health Services Authority

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success Independent Living Program
$656,000 annually, California Department of Social Services

Transition Age Foster Youth Program
$600,000, California Mental Health Services Authority

California Connects, digital literacy program
$10.9 million, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program


Melissa Conner
Chief Advancement Officer 

T: 916.325.0118 
F: 916.325.0844

Barbara Webster-Hawkins
Executive Director, Resource Development

T: 916.325.0117 Ext 107
F: 916.325.0844

Fact Sheet

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Making an Impact

  • Workforce Development programs have directly employed over 4,000 students to date.

  • California Connects trained 5,800 Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students at 35 Community Colleges.

  • The Foundation’s Student Success Flagship Initiative has raised over $5 million to support student success.

At a Glance

The Foundation and our programs have received numerous national and state grants, as well as support from a wide range of philanthropic organizations. Supporters include:

  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • National Science Foundation
  • California Bureau of Automotive Repair
  • California Mental Health Services Authority
  • California Department of Social Services
  • Bernard Osher Foundation
  • James Irvine Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy
  • California Education Policy Fund
  • Stuart Foundation
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • College Access Foundation of California
  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Evelyn and Walter Hass Jr. Foundation
  • Hearst Foundations
  • Lumina Foundation

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Supporting our Work

Help the Foundation further its mission to benefit, support, and enhance the California Community Colleges.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 68-0412350).

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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