|December 19, 2006
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
DeL’Aurore Kyly, Director of Annual Giving
YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT AND CLARK COLLEGE:
A PERFECT MATCH
An anonymous donor provides a $100,000 challenge grant to Clark College
for gifts received before December 31, 2006
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- An anonymous donor has given Clark College a special holiday gift by offering a $100,000 challenge grant for gifts received before December 31, 2006. Through the end of the year, all donations from individuals to the Clark College Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar, so that the college receives a double gift.
According to Clark College Foundation President Lisa Gibert, the anonymous donor saw a need for increased funding at Clark College. “The cost of education is rising and Clark College has financial needs that cannot be overlooked,” said Gibert. “Private support is integral in order for Clark to stay competitive among other community colleges. The leadership at Clark is committed to providing a first-rate education at an affordable cost in Southwest Washington, and generous contributions from the community are central to our ability to do so.”
“This gift exemplifies the generosity of our community,” said Gibert. The Foundation is thrilled to be presented with this wonderful opportunity.”
According to Gibert, challenge grants are a common tool used by colleges and universities to generate increased financial support and engagement from the community. Gibert said, “Under this challenge grant, donations can be designated to benefit various academic programs, athletics, the library, and scholarships offered at Clark College.”
So far, the challenge grant has provided almost $85,000 in new gifts towards scholarships as well as several departments and programs at the college. But, Gibert noted, “The real celebration won’t happen until we reach the $100,000 goal.”
Bob Knight, interim President of Clark College, said, “Clark is this community’s college. Our programs lay the foundation for the success of our students – whether they continue with their education or pursue their chosen careers. We also meet the vocational needs of our community. We offer lifelong learning opportunities. And we help people with basic skills such as adult literacy and English. Clark College really is ‘the next step’ for people throughout our community.”
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 .