Ventura College Foundation Provided $809,995 In Direct Student Support During 2022-2023 Academic Year
Ventura, Calif.—Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, the Ventura College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and financial assistance to Ventura College students and school programs, distributed $809,995 in direct assistance support to over 5,000 students during the 2022-2023 academic year and another $1.17 million to 68 Ventura College programs across 16 departments and divisions.
"Since the foundation’s inception, it’s raised over $48 million to benefit Ventura College students and programs. There is no better way to celebrate the foundation’s 40th anniversary than to contribute another $2 million to help remove the financial barriers to education that students face," says Anne Paul King, Ventura College Foundation executive director.
In 2022-23, the foundation provided $75,000 in gap funding for 2,082 students to ensure tuition costs of the Ventura College Promise program were covered due to state budget cuts. The program covers all tuition and fees for eligible students for up to two years. The foundation awarded 439 scholarships to 235 applicants. Its lending library and veterans' textbook program provided textbooks to 2,688 students including 58 veterans.
The foundation also provided financial support to the Ventura College Basic Needs Program including its pantry and the Jordana Ybarra-Telias Emergency Grant Program. “The pantry was previously serving 250 students per week. It’s now serving 200 students daily,” says King. “Food insecurity is just one of the challenges facing our students. About 55 percent of the college’s student population is classified as extremely low income or low income.”
Community colleges are the least funded of all educational systems in the state according to the Community College League of California (CCLC) 2023 Fast Facts Sheet “K-12, UC and Cal State schools all receive more funding per student,” says King. “Our generous donors enable us to eliminate financial barriers, increase access to education, bridge equity gaps in academic achievement, and empower more students to thrive. Their support has given tens of thousands of students over four decades an opportunity to fulfill their dreams of a rewarding career, higher income, and a better quality of life.”
For more information on the Ventura College Foundation's 2022-23 Impact Report, go to https://venturacollegefoundation.org/foundation-impact. To learn about Ventura College Foundation donation options, click https://venturacollegefoundation.org/giving.
Ventura College Foundation
Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and operates financially independent from Ventura College. It transforms students’ lives through education by providing innovative and vital resources and financial support. The Foundation collaborates with Ventura College to enhance human potential, civic engagement, careers and academic success of students enabling their effective impact and legacy on the college, local workforce, and our community. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace; an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus. For more information, contact Julie Harvey at (805) 289-6502 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.VenturaCollegeFoundation.org.