Background and Mission


The Foundation Board and staff work closely with the College President and the elected Board of Education to raise funds for college priorities. The general fund of the College provides office space, equipment, materials and supplies, staff salaries, and other operational expenses. The support provided by the College is essential in ensuring that 100% of donor contributions support students, programs, and College needs that are not funded through the general fund.


Meaningful, quality education is the key to better employment, financial success and personal satisfaction. The OCCC Foundation's mission is to advance educational opportunities by raising funds for College programs and student scholarships while increasing public awareness about the College and its many benefits. Funds are provided for the education, enjoyment and benefit of OCCC, its students and faculty and general public of Lincoln County.

The Foundation received its non-profit, tax exempt status from the State of Oregon in 2000. Gifts to the Foundation are gifts of knowledge that help build a better future for Lincoln County through an educated citizenry and qualify as charitable contributions for federal and gift tax purposes. The Foundation helps to ensure growth and stability for the College, thus ensuring the future of higher education in Lincoln County.

Mission and Purpose

The Foundation fulfills its mission to advance educational opportunities at Oregon Coast Community College by raising funds for college needs and increasing public awareness of the College and its many benefits by holding special events and fundraisers, applying for grants and securing private donations.

Goals and objectives of the OCCC Foundation include providing:

  • Funds to assist with program development;
  • Funds to help the College in technology advancements and equipment;
  • Funds to strengthen programs such as Nursing and Aquarium Science;
  • An Annual Campaign to support unrestricted funding;
  • Student Aid in the form of scholarships as well as emergency funds;
  • Capital funds to support campus development/improvements, and
  • Endowed funds to secure the future of Oregon Coast Community College.

Individual Board members support the Foundation by contributing financial resources as well as individual expertise. Members serve as community ambassadors to enhance the College’s relations with the community. Members also actively participate in fund-raising efforts.

The Foundation office is located at the Central County Center, 400 SE College Way in Newport. Please contact:
Bryn Huntpalmer, Director of College Development at 541-867-8531 or e-mail for more information.