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Annual Fund Q & A

Why does a tax-supported community college seek private gifts?
Currently, the North Carolina Community College System is moving toward a performance-based system of funding programs. We anticipate that the well-documented, historical under-funding of our college will continue as we serve a large number of part-time students. The state does not provide start-up costs for new programs, financial assistance for students who deserve to be here but can't afford it, money to purchase much-needed equipment, or innovative opportunities to promote ideas from faculty and staff.

What is the relationship between ECC and the Edgecombe Community College Foundation?
The Edgecombe Community College Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit organization established by the ECC Board of Trustees in 1982 to receive donations to provide education support for Edgecombe Community College. The Foundation is a separate, nonprofit organization that receives, manages, and disburses funds under the direction of a board composed of up to 30 local citizens.

Do the faculty and staff at the college support the Foundation?
Yes. Each year faculty and staff participate in a spring Campus Fund Drive. Gifts and pledges generated during this time total about $10,000. In fact, some employees contribute enough to provide a student scholarship each year.

If I contribute to the Foundation, how will my gift be used?
Since its beginning, the major emphasis of the Foundation has been student scholarships, primarily for those students who do not qualify for federal Pell grant funding. These are students who may be working full time to support their families or perhaps they earn too much to qualify for federal funding but not enough to continue their education. The Foundation also addresses other pressing needs at Edgecombe Community College such as capital improvements and staff development. As competition for state funds increases, this type of private and community support will become essential to the continued growth of ECC.

When I give to the Foundation's Annual Fund, may I restrict my gift?
Yes. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of family members or special friends and are fully tax-deductible under the provisions of federal and state tax laws. If you would like to restrict your gift for a particular purpose and would like to discuss a specific giving opportunity with the Foundation, please call (252) 823-5166 ext. 212.

Where does the money go?

  • Scholarships
    Each year the ECC Foundation awards about $100,000 in student scholarships. More than 100 ECC students benefit each year from these funds.
  • Mini-Grants
    The Foundation also awards selected faculty and staff members with mini-grants each year for upgrading or enhancing their programs or for improving professional skills that will directly benefit students. Faculty and staff members submit grant applications biannually and the Mini-Grants Committee of the Foundation Board selects recipients with Board approval. Up to $10,000 is awarded annually.
  • Ambassadors
    In an attempt to reward excellence, the Foundation sponsors the ECC Student Ambassador program each year. Students interested in applying must maintain a 3.25 grade point average and must have completed 15 hours of course work. Students also must be nominated by two members of the ECC faculty and be interviewed by a screening panel. These students give campus tours, host campus activities, recruit students, speak to community groups, assist with registration and orientation, welcome groups to the campus, and assist with ECC Foundation activities. For their service, the Foundation provides each ambassador free tuition for the fall semester, a navy blue blazer, and an Ambassador name tag pin.

For more information on the Annual Fund, call Karen Andrus, Executive Director of the ECC Foundation, at (252) 823-5166 ext. 212, or email andrusk@edgecombe.edu.