LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. Raises More Than $1.2 Million in 2007 – With Dwindling State Support, Donor Assistance is More Important Than Ever

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2008

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – In 2007, the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Inc. raised more than $1.2 million in cash contributions (pledges were not accounted for in this total), resulting in a 156-percent increase in giving compared to 2006. These funds will support the College’s critical initiatives, including financial assistance for LFCC students, and fill the void left by diminishing state support and recent state budget cuts.

“I cannot thank our donors enough for their support of LFCC. It is obvious that LFCC is making a noticeable difference in the lives of a growing number of individuals. In the face of decreased state funding, many individuals are recognizing the impact LFCC makes in the community and are showing their support and confidence in their community’s college through an increase in contributions,” said John J. "Ski" Sygielski, LFCC president. "Thousands of individuals have benefited from LFCC’s presence in the community, whether they attended the College or hired someone who graduated from LFCC. These same individuals are giving back so that others can experience the LFCC difference — where we focus on our students’ futures."

Despite the fact that LFCC is a state-assisted institution, state funds provide only 55 percent of the College’s operating budget. To continue providing high-quality programs, cutting-edge technology, financial assistance and community services, the College must supplement its operating budget with private funds.

"Traditionally, community colleges have relied on state funding, tuition and fees and local funds to operate. However, with dwindling state support, community colleges must focus on philanthropic giving as a viable source of income," said Linnie Carter, vice president of college advancement at LFCC.

According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, on average, private funding makes up 12.5 percent of the budgets of four-year institutions and only 2.6 percent of community colleges’ budgets. "If community colleges are going to continue providing a high-caliber education to community residents, they must increase their fundraising efforts and learn from the experience of four-year institutions, which have been fundraising for many years," Sygielski said.

The Foundation’s theme this year is Invest. Impact. Inspire. The College is looking for donors who want to invest in LFCC, impact the community and inspire LFCC students. Funds are needed to support cultural events, educational resources, employee and student recruitment, facilities, scholarships, special events and student organizations. For a complete list of projects, interested individuals may visit http://www.lfcc.edu/Foundation/investment/index.html.

"The Foundation Board is thrilled about the donations that were received in 2007, and we are excited about the plans for 2008," said Charles Day, chair of the Foundation Board. "I am fortunate to serve on the Board with qualified, professional and ethical individuals who are passionate about education, who support the College financially and who are committed to the future of LFCC. It is a rewarding experience to work with donors and carry out their wishes as they impact the community and touch students’ lives."

For more information about the Foundation, including information about its financial operations, interested individuals may visit http://www.lfcc.edu/foundation/.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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