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Santiago Canyon College Foundation

 ORANGE , CA 92869
[P] (714) 628-4790
[F] (714) 628-4801
[email protected]
Karen Bustamante
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0794988 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Santiago Canyon College Foundation is to sponsor various gift-giving opportunities, increase public awareness, and participate in campaigns needed to provide for the scholarship, program and capital needs of Santiago Canyon College.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Santiago Canyon College Foundation is to sponsor various gift-giving opportunities, increase public awareness, and participate in campaigns needed to provide for the scholarship, program and capital needs of Santiago Canyon College.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $537,500.00
Projected Revenue $443,300.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Offers credit, apprentice, non-credit programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Santiago Canyon College Foundation is to sponsor various gift-giving opportunities, increase public awareness, and participate in campaigns needed to provide for the scholarship, program and capital needs of Santiago Canyon College.


Background Statement

The Santiago Canyon College Foundation (SCCF), established in 1998, is an independent 501(c) (3) organization whose primary objective is to acquire sufficient monetary and in-kind donations from individual, corporate and foundation sources to assist Santiago Canyon College (SCC) in meeting its core goal of providing a high quality, innovative and accessible learning environment to a diverse student community. In fiscal year 2016-17, the foundation provided direct financial support of almost $30,000 to a select number of college programs and services, and $280,000 in scholarship support to SCC students. In addition to its fundraising role, the foundation also seeks to raise the profile of the college among its various stakeholders (alumni, community members, business partners, foundations, parents, faculty and staff) and to highlight the value that the college adds to the cultural, economic and educational life of the local community.

The SCCF board of directors currently includes nine members, drawn mostly from the community in and immediately surrounding the City of Orange. Professional pursuits represented on the board include education, finance, marketing, business, and law. In addition to regular members, the board includes three voting ex-officio members: the SCC Foundation Director, SCC President, and the Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD). Keeping in mind the priorities of the college, board members work as a team to develop broad goals for the foundation, oversee the investment of assets and the distribution of available funds, review foundation policy and governance documents, participate in fundraising and outreach efforts, provide expertise to the college, and seek to connect the college with new friends and supporters.

In addition to the board, the foundation has a small contingent of salaried staff and administrators who carry out the organization’s representational and day-to-day functions. Currently, the foundation’s advancement team includes an interim executive director (who also serves as the interim director of college advancement) and a part-time administrative assistant (who also serves as the executive secretary to the vice president of student services).  

The foundation also receives scholarship donor stewardship support from the Scholarships/Veterans Services Office, and financial management assistance from the college accountant.

As of December 31, 2016, the foundation held approximately $1.3 million in investable assets. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, the foundation raised approximately $331525, which was used to support a variety of SCC programs, including student scholarships, Buy-the-Book grants, Forensics Team, Model United Nations, Community Science Night EOPS (for students with academic/economic challenges), SCC Student Art Acquisition Program and the Veterans Service Office. 

Beginning in 2011 – after several years of state funding cuts to community colleges, including cuts that led to the loss of the Foundation’s full-time director and administrative assistant – the board directly undertook several initiatives important to sustaining the health and growth of the foundation. These included: beginning a concentrated effort to expand board membership strategically, developing a donor database and launching an annual giving program, creating an annual scholarship donor recognition event, and developing (with support from the High School and Community Outreach Office) an alumni networking program involving expanded communications via e-newsletter and social media, in addition to hosted alumni outreach events. In 2014, the board was able to facilitate the hiring of a full-time development coordinator, who is responsible for day-to-day operations, grass-roots fundraising efforts and efforts to strengthen relations with alumni, parents and community members. That person currently serves as the interim executive director of the foundation.

Impact Statement

The foundation provides over $280,000 in scholarship support for students. It also supports several important college events and programs, including Community Science Night, the annual performing arts showcase, the Forensics Team, Model United Nations, Guardian Scholars (emancipated foster youth), the EOPS program for disadvantaged students and the fine arts program. The foundation also has started an alumni networking program and fosters mentoring opportunities for students.

Needs Statement

With state support for public universities and colleges falling in real terms, the SCC Foundation will play an increasingly important role in helping Santiago Canyon College secure the resources it needs to insure that all qualified students have access to a quality education, regardless of their economic circumstances. To that end, the foundation seeks more donations to support the greatest needs of the college, including money for scholarships, lab equipment, other academic supplies and materials, academic research and conference travel for faculty and students, and student enrichment and success programs.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

Today Santiago Canyon College’s overall budget from the State of California has recovered significantly.  However, the part of the budget which supports student enrichment activities and even some core programs still suffers.  As a non-profit 501 (c) (3), the Santiago Canyon College Foundation (SCCF) provides a way for private donors to support a number of programs essential to a well-rounded student experience.  SCCF raises financial resources to help bridge the budget shortfall so that students of all backgrounds get life-changing academic and leadership opportunities at college.  

Here is how donated dollars help SCC students. SCCF was able to provide private scholarships totaling more than $280,000 in 2016-17. We assisted the college with reinstating SCC’s award-winning Model United Nations (Model UN) and Forensic Debate Team programs. We also helped the college sustain programs like the Student Leadership Institute, the student art acquisition program (for a permanent student art collection exhibited throughout the campus), Community Science Night (annually attended by more than 1,000 local elementary school students – and future scholars) and the performing arts Holiday Showcase (celebrating diversity.) We provided support to veterans through the Veterans Service Office and to disadvantaged students served by EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services.) Contributions to SCCF also supported the library, athletics, undergraduate research opportunities, stipends for the speaker program, conference and competition travel and more.

SCC is an affordable local community college, and it is much more than that. It is a spirited young community college that is helping to produce the well-educated, engaged, world citizens of the future.

In 2016, for the second year in a row, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) was included on the list of “Great Colleges to Work For” and on the prestigious national 2016 Honor Roll by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For me, it is a simple leap of faith to say that SCC is not only a “Great College to Work For”, but with its top-notch personnel and volunteers, stellar academic and transfer track record, modern new facilities, easy and accessible location, many student activities and award-winning sports teams, great honors program, thriving continuing education, apprenticeship and business & career technical education programs, and low cost – it is also a “Great College to Attend!”

As SCCF board members, we are proud members of SCC’s “team” and we are grateful for support from individual donors and business and community partners. Your financial contributions elevate the educational experience at SCC and make a world of difference for SCC students.

Thank you!

Larry Cohn

SCCF Board President

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

The SCC Foundation accepts pledges or outright gifts of cash, checks, stocks, mutual funds and bonds. It also accepts donations by credit card, either over the phone or online. Donors can also give to the foundation through their wills or trusts. In addition, the foundation accepts a variety of in-kind gifts, subject to the academic and physical needs of the college.  Volunteers are an integral part of the SCC Foundation's work, serving as board or committee members or supporting events and other outreach efforts. Some of the college's academic departments also recruit volunteers to participate on advisory boards that assist in developing educational and training programs that better align with industry needs. 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
North Orange County
Santiago Canyon College serves Orange, Villa Park, Orange Park Acres, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin. Students enroll from other areas as well, including North Orange County and western Riverside County. There is also a small but growing number of international students.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Higher Education
  2. -
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Offers credit, apprentice, non-credit programs

  • Offers 65 associate degrees, 17 associate degrees for transfer and 94 credit and non-credit certificates to approximately 15,400 students.
  • Sponsors a range of co-curricular student activities, including Associated Student Government, Model United Nations and Speech and Debate.
  • Hosts vibrant Honors Program for qualified students
  • Home to award-winning sports teams that compete in the Orange Empire Conference
  • Offers the most comprehensive water utility sciences program in Orange County
  • Hosts one of the state's largest apprenticeship and trade training programs in California
Budget  $52,000,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served General/Unspecified Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  None specified
Program Long-Term Success 
Over it's 22 year history as an accredited community college, Santiago Canyon College has gained a reputation for offering a high-quality, student-centered college education to all qualified students. SCC has made a particular effort to develop strong programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but also offers a broad range of majors in both the sciences and humanities.  The college recently graduated its 25,000th student. It has also recently been named the 13th best community college in the US by, a leading authority in college rankings and resources.
Program Success Monitored By  None specified
Examples of Program Success  None specified


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Karen Bustamante
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Ms. Bustamante has served as the Interim Executive Director of the SCC Foundation since July 2016. Previous to that, she served for over two years as the Development Coordinator in the Office of College Advancement at SCC. Other college advancement experience includes three years in University Advancement and Schmid College at Chapman University.  Before entering the world of university advancement, Ms. Bustamante worked for eight years at the US Department of State as a community liaison officer at embassies and consulates overseas. She holds a BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona and MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Dr. John Hernandez July 2009 June 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


None specified

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 50%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Larry Cohn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Healthcare Systems Management Group
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Addison Adams Esq. Adams Corporate Law Voting
Ms. Karen Bustamante Santiago Canyon College Exofficio
Mr. Larry Cohn Healthcare Systems Management Group Voting
Dr. Betty Cotton Retired Voting
Dr. John Hernandez Santiago Canyon College Foundation/SCC Exofficio
Mr. Kyle Kneubuhl WNB Commercial Voting
Dr. Raul Rodriguez Rancho Santiago Community College District Exofficio
Mrs. Michelle Scolaro Seven Gables Realty Voting
Mr. Craig Shipcott Edward Jones Voting
Mr. William Underwood Consultant Voting
Ms. Snover Uppal ChaiLeaf Tea Voting
Dr. John Weispfenning Santiago Canyon College Exofficio

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Tim Perez Brandman University NonVoting
Mr. Scott Resnick Pimco NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 1 (India)
Gender Female: 4
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

None specified.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $443,300.00
Projected Expenses $537,500.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 IRS 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit Report

2015 Audit Report

2014 Audit Report

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $279,475 $307,384 $1,002,810
Total Expenses $356,742 $498,604 $219,913

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$183,517 $240,672 $961,074
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $67,041 $30,855 $19,389
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $11,653 $20,123 $23,278
Revenue In-Kind $3,424 $0 $0
Other $18,111 $0 $4,916

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $291,365 $422,617 $181,877
Administration Expense $52,918 $61,741 $21,148
Fundraising Expense $12,459 $14,246 $16,888
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.78 0.62 4.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 85% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 5% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,585,514 $1,817,581 $1,886,622
Current Assets $277,918 $464,132 $693,024
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $33,088 $48,164 $2,256
Total Net Assets $1,552,426 $1,769,417 $1,884,366

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.40 9.64 307.19

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $1,200,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

None specified

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.