The Baltimore City Community College Foundation has received a grant from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation to jumpstart the foundation’s fundraising capacity. Wachovia presented a $5,000 award to the BCCC Foundation June 22 in a ceremony at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting. The unrestricted contribution resulted from a proposal the BCCC Foundation submitted this spring to the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation in its Funds for Excellence competition.
In its proposal, the foundation cited the need for unrestricted dollars that would enable the foundation to enhance the capability of its fundraising computer systems to improve donor search and planned giving systems on the BCCC Foundation’s new Web site.
“Wachovia and Wells Fargo have delivered valuable resources for us at a critical time as the economy improves and people and businesses are poised to make donations,” said Jim Chitwood, director of development for the foundation. “This grant lets us move forward in ‘Building a Foundation of Futures’ by acquiring donors who can provide funds for scholarships and other program improvements at BCCC.”
“At Wachovia and Wells Fargo, we believe that access to education is critical to creating strong communities. It prepares our workforce for successful careers, and community colleges are an important part of the education network,” said Andy Bertamini, Wachovia/Wells Fargo regional president for Baltimore. “We’re proud to support BCCC’s efforts to increase fundraising and provide affordable access to education to more Baltimore residents.”
BCCC President Dr. Carolane Williams, who also serves as a director of the BCCC Foundation, applauded the support by Wachovia saying, “The grant demonstrates how Wachovia/Wells Fargo cares about the community and the College.”
Gregory T. Finnegan, chair of the BCCC Foundation board, echoed Williams’s remarks. “This grant could not have come at a more opportune time for the Foundation since it will truly strengthen our fund raising capacity through the installation of new software. And it enables us to take the College’s and Foundation’s message to more donors.”
The BCCC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1984 for the single purpose of financially supporting the college by increasing private contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses. Donations are used to provide scholarship assistance for students, instructional and program enhancements, and acquisition of equipment.