The mission of the Orange Coast College Foundation is to support the college by encouraging gifts of time, treasure and talent from alumni, campus & community members.
A 30-member volunteer Board of Directors consisting of 25 community members, four members of the college administration, a faculty representative, and the president of the college’s associated students oversee the activities and programs of the Foundation. The Foundation has three full-time employees, an executive director and two administrative assistants.
Since its founding in 1985, the Orange Coast College Foundation has received over $55 million that has been split almost equally between cash donations and in-kind gifts of property, boats and equipment. As of June 30, 2015 the Foundation had cash assets of over $16 million.
Over the last 32 years, the Foundation has undertaken several successful fundraising campaigns and activities including efforts that resulted in the furnishing of the OCC library, construction of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, renovation of the Robert B. Moore Theatre, construction of the Harry & Grace Steele Children’s Center, celebration of Orange Coast College’s 60th Anniversary, the construction of a Nautical Library and renovation of the crew facilities at the OCC Sailing Center, and the renovation of the college’s Computing Center. Currently, the Foundation is supporting a campaign to build a new state-of-the-art Planetarium with construction scheduled to start in the Summer of 2016.
Last year the Orange Coast College Foundation provided OVER $400,000 in scholarship support to new, continuing and transferring Orange Coast College Students.