Q: What is the Community College Foundation (CCF)?
A: A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which accepts gifts that benefit Lake Region State College and its students.
Q: Who are members of CCF?
A: All who make gifts, whether large or small...alumni, employees, friends, and others who have an interest in success for LRSC and its students. They live in Devils Lake and other communities near and far. They are community elders, proud graduates, and parents of graduates. They support Royals athletics. They love arts and entertainment in the Lake Region. Some create a legacy for family or business or make lasting memorials to loved ones. Anyone can make a gift and become a member of the CCF.
Q: What kind of gifts does the CCF receive?
A: Most are gifts of money, ranging in size from $10 to $10,000 and more! Some are memorials, some are directed to specific projects, and some are simply unrestricted donations. Some donors make gifts of stock or pledge their support through a will. A large number of in-kind donations are sold on the Opportunities Auction at each year's Key Event, all to benefit LRSC!
Q: How are these gifts used?
A: A large share of these gifts is used for scholarships. With foundation support, the college awards more than $300,000 in scholarships every year, making a college education a more attainable goal for many. Support for college programming is also a priority, ensuring that LRSC students receive the best possible education using state-of-the-art technology and instructional techniques.
Other gifts are designated for important projects and initiatives. The Paul Hoghaug Library, the Robert Fawcett Auditorium, the Leevers Welcome Center and most recently, the Bergstrom Technical Center are results of focused CCF capital campaigns.
Q: Who directs the CCF?
A: Twenty-seven community members are elected to serve three-year terms on the CCF board of directors. They meet monthly to direct operations.
Members of the college's staff work to support the board of directors. Executive Director Elonda Nord assists with long-range planning and development. Dianne Gunderson maintains records, performs research, and designs fundraising literature. Records management and events coordination are Jess Hjelden's specialty. Erin Wood promotes the work of the foundation, telling LRSC's story to as many as possible. Webmaster Carla Freschette assists with alumni outreach through social media and helps to share the college's story. The entire staff works to organize the many details involved in the Key Event and other special events.
Q: What are CCF activities?
A: The foundation's Keys to Opportunities annual fundraising campaign opens each year on July 1. The board sets a goal, and fundraising activities begin.
In the fall, the entire community is invited to the Key Event, the Lake Region's biggest party of the year! Special events during the year recognize those who provide support for scholarships or instructional programming through endowments and annual gifts.
Of course, the work of the foundation's board of directors never ends as they seek support for the college and its students throughout the year. Lake Region State College, its students, faculty, staff, and administration are fortunate to have the Community College Foundation providing such valuable support for so many different facets of college operations. LRSC is opening doors to bright futures for students. Together we are changing lives!