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Foundation Overview

 

Mission Statement
FKCC Foundation assists in the achievement of the College's mission by soliciting, administering, and optimizing through matching programs the private gifts, bequests, and donations to support FKCC's students and to enhance teaching and learning at the College.

 
History and Purpose of the Foundation
The FKCC Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 1966. The Foundation contributes to the advancement of higher education through the support of private donors and public agencies. The purpose of the Foundation is to support the College by distributing its resources toward educational opportunities, programs, and services offered by the College and approved by the Board of Trustees.

What does the FKCC Foundation do?
The FKCC Foundation is dedicated to making the students of Florida Keys Community College successful. Our sole purpose is to advance the mission of FKCC by raising funds that support the college's students, faculty, staff and programs.

To accomplish this, the Foundation actively supports the long-range strategic plan of Florida Keys Community College by providing and encouraging growth in scholarships, cutting-edge technology, faculty grants, support of capital projects, programs to further enhance student accessibility, and improve the learning environment.

The Foundation is a separately incorporated 501(c)(3) organization and the officially designated means of making private contributions to the college.                         

  Board of Directors
  Frank Toppino, Chair
  Bob Cardenas, Vice Chair
  Ed Russo, Treasurer
  TBD, Secretary
  Jerry Caputo, Ed.D., M. Pat Miller, John R. Padget,
  Dirk Smits, Robert Stoky, Conner Boyd, Annette Robertson
  Anne O'Bannon, Board of Trustee Representative
  Jonathan Gueverra, FKCC President
  Amber Ernst-Leonard, FKCC Staff Representative
  Gavin McKeirnan Townsend, Executive Director
  Debra Leonard, Recording Secretary

 
Scholarships
One of our most important opportunities is to ensure that students seeking a better future through a college education find an open door at FKCC. The Foundation provides many different scholarships as a key to opening that door of opportunity. Scholarships give students the boost they need to overcome financial obstacles and achieve a college dream that might otherwise elude their grasp.
  • Scholarships give academically talented students with demonstrated financial need the chance to successfully grow into their potential.
  • Scholarships help individuals receive the necessary training to start a new career or move forward in their current field.

By investing in scholarships through the Foundation, you can directly touch the life of someone whose only chance to fulfill academic and professional aspirations may be through the generosity of someone they have never met. The Foundation awards many types of scholarships through the charitable gifts of individuals, corporations and other foundations that believe that higher education should be accessible to all.

Ways to Make a Difference
The FKCC Foundation serves as the recipient of all gifts made for the benefit of Florida Keys Community College. Gifts to the college make the dream of a quality education a reality for many deserving students and help FKCC sustain its tradition of excellence in providing academic programs and services to the residents of Monroe County. For more information on planned gifts, contact Gavin McKeirnan Townsend at (305) 809-3281 or e-mail to: foundation@fkcc.edu.

Here's how you can help:
A donation of any size is appreciated.  Endowments can be established so that your money keeps on providing support to FKCC's students and programs.  Naming opportunities are available.

Gifts of appreciated securities and real estate have significant tax advantages for the donor. Gifts of appreciated personal property, including works of art, books, jewelry, etc. held over a year, if related to FKCC's educational purpose, are also deductible. 

Become a member of our Board of Directors.

We would be delighted to share our hopes and dreams with you and discuss ways to help enhance the programs you love and the students who will be our future. Thank you!