President's Letter

alex palm

The Umpqua Community College Foundation is entrusted with the important task of supporting UCC and its students by soliciting and investing gifts that can be used to accomplish these objectives. The UCC Foundation was created in 1970 because they realized that private monies could be used in ways that public monies could not. They saw the need to establish endowments that would grow and provide continuing scholarships for students now and in the future.

Over the years, generous donors have established more than 100 endowments to be used as an ongoing source of support for UCC. During the 2018-19 academic year, we were able to award 376 scholarships to 244 students. The financial support from these scholarships totaled over $473,000. The need for the Foundation’s support of UCC and its students has never been more apparent.

The Foundation’s ongoing efforts are governed by a Board of Directors made up of many prominent community members.  Their mission, like that of the Foundation, is to further Umpqua Community College’s mission through the strength and generosity of volunteers and donors.  To that end, the board is instrumental in overseeing investments and determining how the Foundation’s resources can best be utilized.

Investment of charitable or planned gifts with the Umpqua Community College Foundation are investments in the economic development and prosperity of Douglas County. Higher education transforms the potential of generations of families. Scholarships from the Foundation help to enable students’ access to higher education.  I invite you to join me in helping UCC students by showing your support for the UCC Foundation.

Alex Palm
President, UCC Foundation Board of Directors