College of the Canyons Foundation
The College of the Canyons (COC) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit auxiliary organization formed to generate philanthropic support for College of the Canyons. The COC Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who are an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteer business and community leaders who donate their time, resources and energy to positively impact educational access in the Santa Clarita Valley. The board's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible college education for all having the desire to succeed.
Like other educational institutions, our college needs charitable gifts to endow scholarships and to support educational programs and capital improvements, which can mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary programs and services for student success. Through annual giving, special events and scholarship programs, the foundation provides the college with crucial private financial resources.
Contributions of cash, real estate, bequests and other legacy gifts enable the college to provide specialized educational programs and perform beyond the achievement level that tax dollars alone can support. Each year, the foundation grants funds to support college programs. In the past, it has granted as much as $2.9 million back to the college.
The COC Foundation encourages inquiries about the wide variety of college programs and opportunities supported through generous donations. For additional information on specific ways to help or become involved in foundation activities, please contact us at the phone number or address listed at left, or visit the contact page for more details.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons has served the Santa Clarita Valley for 40 years and has become a vital, enduring, cultural, educational, and economic force in the region. The college is proud to have modern facilities, an outstanding and enthusiastic staff, innovative programs, and advanced technological solutions.
Those who are currently involved with the college and those who will enter its doors in the future will find unlimited opportunities, a chance to be innovative and entrepreneurial and to set the stage for things to come.
The college has been one of the fastest-growing colleges in the California. Enrollment has grown from 800 students in 1969 to approximately 25,000 in 2010.
The Foundation's Mission
The College of the Canyons Foundation provides financial support for the Santa Clarita Community College District. This allows College of the Canyons to perform beyond the achievement level that tax dollars alone can support and to strive for the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship, vocational training and innovation. The Foundation believes that public educational institutions and private enterprise must work together to provide an affordable and accessible college education for all who have the desire to succeed.
Making a Difference
Established in 1987, the Foundation is designated to receive gifts for the college from individuals, corporations and foundations. Just as it is with other educational institutions, our college needs charitable gifts to endow scholarships and support educational programs and capital improvements that can mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary programs and services for student success.
It is vital that we maintain our high standard of excellence in education. California's community colleges educate 73 percent of the state's citizens, yet they receive only 11 percent of the per-student state dollars for education. Clearly, your generosity has never been more important. With the help of our contributors and our continued success, College of the Canyons will remain a pillar in the community, educating everyone interested in learning, and supporting programs that enhance the education process.