Skagit Valley College Foundation is excited to announce that we are in the midst of a major Campaign to raise money for SVC students—especially those with the greatest need. We’ve only engaged a small group of people in the Campaign and before we roll this out to the community, we want to give you an early opportunity to join us in the Removing Barriers Campaign for Student Achievement & Excellence. You can GIVE NOW, or read on to find out more about how your support will help more students be successful.

Dr. Tom Keegan

Skagit Valley College President

Why I give: “As a proud graduate of Skagit Valley College, I was the recipient of an excellent education. At that time, the State of Washington covered over 90% of the cost of tuition. Today, it’s only in the 50% range. I give because I want to honor the institution that started me on my career path and help ease the financial burden for our community’s future leaders.”

Why I Give

Dr. Tom Keegan

Skagit Valley College President

“As a proud graduate of Skagit Valley College, I was the recipient of an excellent education. At that time, the State of Washington covered over 90% of the cost of tuition. Today, it’s only in the 50% range. I give because I want to honor the institution that started me on my career path and help ease the financial burden for our community’s future leaders.”

Sandy Leber, Program Manager, Athletics

Sandy Leber

Program Manager, Athletics

Why I Give: “I give because I believe in our students. The more successful students that we send out into our community, the stronger our community becomes. For many students, obstacles out of their control are often barriers to their success. By giving, I hope to ease those burdens, allowing them to focus on achieving their educational goals”

Why I Give

Sandy Leber

Program Manager, Athletics

“I give because I believe in our students. The more successful students that we send out into our community, the stronger our community becomes. For many students, obstacles out of their control are often barriers to their success. By giving, I hope to ease those burdens, allowing them to focus on achieving their educational goals”

Dr. Laura Cailloux

Vice President of Whidbey Island Campus and San Juan, South Whidbey, and Annacortes Centers

Why I give: “Our students are inspiring! I am often completely humbled as I listen to their stories of limited resources and support and incredibly complex lives caring for family, working multiple jobs, and attending school. These stories of hardship and perseverance and hope make me want to do all that I can to support them. When I give to the SVC Foundation Removing Barriers campaign, I know my contribution will be directed to students with the greatest need.”

Why I Give

Dr. Laura Cailloux

Vice President of Whidbey Island Campus and San Juan, South Whidbey, and Anacortes Centers

“Our students are inspiring! I am often completely humbled as I listen to their stories of limited resources and support and incredibly complex lives caring for family, working multiple jobs, and attending school. These stories of hardship and perseverance and hope make me want to do all that I can to support them. When I give to the SVC Foundation Removing Barriers campaign, I know my contribution will be directed to students with the greatest need.”

“Members of the President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees, SVC Foundation Board of Governors, and the Removing Barriers Campaign’s Community Members have contributed to this campaign!”

Madi VanderHowen

Human Services Student

Thank You! “I was very fortunate that my Emergency Fund application was processed so quickly. These funds helped me bridge a gap in rent for a month when my roommates unexpectedly moved out. As a single mom, it meant the world to me to be secure with my housing through an uncertain time. It also meant that I’ve been able to continue pursuing my Human Services degree at SVC without interruption.”

Watch Madi’s Video

Thank You!

Madi VanderHouwen

Human Services Student

“I was very fortunate that my Emergency Fund application was processed so quickly. These funds helped me bridge a gap in rent for a month when my roommates unexpectedly moved out. As a single mom, it meant the world to me to be secure with my housing through an uncertain time. It also meant that I’ve been able to continue pursuing my Human Services degree at SVC without interruption.”

Watch Madi’s Video

Pillars of The Campaign

We are nearing the public launch of our Removing Barriers Campaign, but before we do that, we want to give you an insider’s opportunity to make a contribution and support SVC students!

We launched the Removing Barriers Campaign to support the College’s focus on excellence and to help meet critical needs of students that cannot be addressed through scholarships.

These funds are available to eligible students throughout the College district.

Emergency Assistance

For students facing an unexpected financial hardship or challenge.

When a student’s car breaks down, when they face an unexpected medical emergency, or when unanticipated expenses occur that could force them to drop out of college, emergency assistance funds are designed to help them bridge that financial gap and help them continue their educational journey. Currently, 87% of financial aid recipients have significant financial need.

Childcare Assistance

Enabling students with young children to attend class and focus on their studies.

Many students rely on family or friends for childcare, but when an unexpected illness or challenge arises, students may be forced to skip class. A Fall 2015 survey of SVC students found that 52% have children or dependents living with them, and most say they struggle to find consistent and reliable dependent care.

Opportunity for Excellence

Intended to enhance a student’s experience or enable them to apply classroom knowledge.

Students can apply individually, or Instructors and Deans can apply on behalf of a group of students for program and lab improvements, or for instructional equipment. Funds are available in the following areas: Applied Research, Professional Development, Scholarly Work, Interdisciplinary Work, Internships, or Program/Lab/Equipment Enhancements.

You may designate which pillar(s) you wish to support with your donation.

Campaign Goals

SVC Foundation has a goal of raising $3 million to Remove Barriers and address the challenges faced by SVC students every day.

Timeline

June-December 2014
Conducted Campaign feasibility study & formalized Removing Barriers Campaign

June-December 2014
Conducted Campaign feasibility study & formalized Removing Barriers Campaign

January 2015
Launched silent phase of Removing Barriers Campaign

January 2015
Launched silent phase of Removing Barriers Campaign

February 2015
Held first meeting of Campaign Cabinet

February 2015
Held first meeting of Campaign Cabinet

December 2015
Topped $1 million in Campaign Gifts & Pledges

December 2015
Topped $1 million in Campaign Gifts & Pledges

August 2016
Topped $1.54 million in Campaign Gifts & Pledges

August 2016
Topped $1.54 million in Campaign Gifts & Pledges

September 2016
SVCF provided over $107,000 to the College and began awarding Emergency & Childcare Funds to SVC students

September 2016
SVCF provided over $107,000 to the College and began awarding Emergency & Childcare Funds to SVC students

February 2017

Opened for Opportunity for Excellence application to SVC students and faculty

February 2017
Opened for Opportunity for Excellence application to SVC students and faculty

March 2017
Invited SVC instructors and staff to join us through the SVC Employee Campaign

March 2017
Invited SVC instructors and staff to join us through the SVC Employee Campaign

May 2017

Planned public launch of Removing Barriers Campaign

May 2017
Planned public launch of Removing Barriers Campaign

December 2017
Target Campaign Completion Date

December 2017
This needs to be revised.

As an Employee of Skagit Valley College…

You are dedicated to impacting students’ lives in so many ways. You give of yourself, your time, and your expertise as well as a lot of encouragement to help see students through to graduation. You understand better than anyone the challenges many of our students face.

That’s why we are asking you to join us and support the Removing Barriers Campaign for Student Achievement & Excellence. Help launch us in to the public phase of the Campaign by making a gift today! Our goal is to raise $20,000 from SVC employees during March and we hope to have 100% employee participation! Together, we can meet this goal!

 

Here’s what you can do:

Make your gift today

Support SVC students by giving online or completing the employee payroll deduction form.

Redirect your gift

You can redirect all or a portion of your payroll deduction to the Removing Barriers Campaign.

Give or pledge a little extra

Keep supporting what you love, but contribute a little more to the Removing Barriers Campaign.

If you are already contributing to the Foundation, and we know many of you are, THANK YOU! We hope you will continue supporting SVC students.

Checks can be made out to SVC Foundation (with Removing Barriers in the memo line) and mailed to:

SVC Foundation | 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

 

Thank You!!

Questions? Come by the Foundation Office in the Administrative Annex on the Mount Vernon Campus (CA-125)
or call any of the Foundation Staff

Skagit Valley College's Dr. Tom Keegan, Dr. Laura Cailloux, and Sandy Leber