Supporting our Work

Supporting the Foundation

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is built to benefit, support, and enhance the mission of the California Community College system. The Foundation has provided over $250 million in direct grants, support, and cost savings to the Community Colleges and Chancellor’s Office, and each year realizes $30 million in revenue to support students, colleges, college foundations, and the California Community College system. The Foundation pursues philanthropic, corporate, and government grants, contracts, donations, and products or services to support and accelerate priorities of the Chancellor’s Office and our fiscally sponsored projects.

Partners can support our work in the following ways:

Major Grants

Local, state, and national philanthropies award the Foundation grants to support projects and programs. We also receive state and federal grants. 

System Contracts

System Contracts

CollegeBuys makes it possible for Community Colleges, public agencies, and educational institutions to save money on furniture and supplies through piggybackable contracts. 

Corporate Support

Corporate Support

Corporate support is essential for the Foundation’s work, and includes work-based learning placement opportunities for students, corporate responsibility and corporate foundation grants, event sponsorships, Chancellor’s Circle membership, and pro bono and reduced cost goods and service.

Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning Partnerships

Employers, colleges, high schools, and workforce investment boards can partner with the Foundation to plan and develop work-based learning programs and systems. 

Chancellor's Circle

Chancellor's Circle

Becoming a member of the Chancellor's Circle allows individuals and businesses to be involved with our Community Colleges in meaningful ways.

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Cy Pres Awards

The Foundation can accept cy pres funds to support existing work or to develop a new program in alignment with the mission of the Community Colleges. Cy pres funds are residual funds from a class action lawsuit or settlement.

Student Scholarships


The California Community College Scholarship Endowment provides over 3,300 student scholarships each year. 

Direct Donation

Direct Donation

The Foundation accepts gifts from donors who want to support students without regard to the college they attend.

Vehicle Donation

As part of our mission to clean the air, the Foundation accepts donations of old cars, trucks, motorcycles, or campers. Proceeds support our students and colleges.

Highlighted Partners

  • Adobe
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne 
  • Angell Foundation 
  • Annenberg Foundation 
  • Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Bureau of Automotive Repair
  • California Department of Education
  • California Department of Social Services 
  • The California Endowment
  • California Mental Health Services Authority
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • California Workforce Investment Board
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • The College Board
  • College Futures Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Evelyn and Walter Hass Jr. Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Haworth, Inc. 
  • Hearst Foundations
  • Hewlett Foundation 
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Jobs for the Future
  • JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • KI Furniture 
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation 
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • National Science Foundation
  • Office Depot 
  • Pacific Gas & Electric 
  • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation 
  • PepsiCo
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/CEPF
  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Stuart Foundation
  • Sutter Health 
  • Swinerton Incorporated U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S Department of Education
  • U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services 
  • USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest 
  • Vanir Construction Management 
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • W.M. Keck Foundation 
  • The Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Weingart Foundation 
  • WellPoint Inc.
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Contact Us

Melissa Conner
Chief Advancement Officer
P: 916.325.0118 ext. 117
F: 916.325.0844

Fiscal Sponsorships

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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.

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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 113 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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