Promise Programs — Creating a new philanthropic world

Promise Programs - Creating a new philanthropic world

If your state or community has a Promise Program, chances are you've heard your funders say something along these lines: "I only give scholarships, so if Community College is 'free,' where does that leave me?" "I guess I should think…

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A Promising Year Ahead for Community College Fundraising

In December I reached out to community college leaders across the country to ask, "What are the next big trends in the world of community college fundraising?" While some speculated about the ways social media could become a stronger fundraising…

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Two Coasts – Two Conferences – One Message

Change. According to noted Psychiatrist, RD Laing, “…change is so sped up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” Earlier this month I attended two conferences focused on the future of Community Colleges, one…

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Top 5 Emerging Community College Trends

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This year marked the 97th anniversary of the American Association of Community College’s Annual Convention. I’ve been fortunate to attend this event every year for the last ten years. I've even had the honor of presenting several times. This year’s…

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Community Colleges Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

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“Nimble, inclusive, and entrepreneurial.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos used these three terms to highlight the unique role community colleges play as a catalyst in workforce development issues. “You’re absolutely essential engines of workforce and economic development — locally and regionally,”…

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Community Colleges & Workforce Development: Growing Stronger Together

Community Colleges change lives. We all have heard the stories of the financially strapped students whose dreams of a college degree seem unachievable until a scholarship opportunity opens the doors to their future. Philanthropy at its Horatio Alger-esque best! The…

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