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CLARK EXCEEDS MATCHING GIFT TO SUPPORT EDUCATION IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

Clark College interim President Bob Knight and Clark College Foundation President Lisa Gibert celebrate the good news
Clark College interim President Bob Knight and Clark College Foundation President Lisa Gibert celebrate the good news.


The Clark College Foundation rose to the challenge of raising $100,000 and surpassed expectations by generating more than $154,000 to exceed a challenge grant in support of education at Clark College.

In November 2006, the Foundation disclosed a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor in the form of a challenge grant to stimulate giving to Clark College.  According to Ara Serjoie, Vice President of Development at the Clark College Foundation, the donor was so impressed by the outcome that they made an additional donation of $32,000 to match the gifts beyond the $100,000 goal. Through the original donation, the appeal and matching funds, the Clark College Foundation has received approximately $286,000.

Of that total, $182,000 will go toward scholarships, including the creation of four new endowments to support scholarship programs on an ongoing basis.   In addition, nearly $55,000 will support what the Foundation terms the “Areas of Greatest Need.” Those donations are considered unrestricted money which means, as the name implies, that they can be used to address the greatest needs at the college. Similar donations in the past have helped to purchase computers for student computer labs, equipment for the Health and Physical Education Departments, tutoring resources for the Adult Literacy Program and emerging Adult Literacy; the Lewis D. Cannell Library; the Math, Physical Science and Engineering Unit; Mature Learning; and the Penguin Athletic Club.

Clark College Foundation President Lisa Gibert said, “I am absolutely delighted to see the response from our community to our End-Of-Year Appeal. The one-to-one match created a tremendous boost to our efforts and our donors truly met the challenge.” Gibert added, “This support simply shows the value we place on education in our community. We will forever be grateful for the support and dedication of our donors and the investment they make in our students and their future.”

Clark Board of Trustees Chair Rhona Sen Hoss listens as Foundation Board Chair Jan Oliva describes what the donation and matching gifts will mean for Clark students. Clark College Board of Trustees Chair Rhona Sen Hoss (seated) listens as Foundation Board Chair Jan Oliva describes what the donation and matching gifts will mean for Clark students.

The Clark College Board of Trustees, Clark College Executive Cabinet and Clark College Foundation Board of Directors all supported the effort with 100% participation. According to Gibert, that inspired giving from others at the college, including staff members in the Human Resources department who “donated to the match instead of doing a gift exchange, propelling their department into the 100% Giving Club.” The Foundation will introduce giving clubs later this year as part of the Foundation’s efforts to recognize, show appreciation, and thank donors.

Bob Knight, interim President of Clark College, said, “What a wonderful way to wrap up the year with such resounding generosity from our community on behalf of the people who benefit from our programs and students. We thank the Foundation for their outstanding work in support of this challenge gift, which will enable us to address the needs of the College and our students and provide the resources to ensure that Clark College continues to be an educational leader in Southwest Washington.”

For additional information or to make a gift, contact the Clark College Foundation at 360-992-2104. Information about the Clark College Foundation is available on the Internet at www.clarkcollegefoundation.org .
          
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