Extensive research by Georgetown University has proven that the farther you take your education, the higher your earning potential will be. Those studies also have shown that communities with a higher percentage of residents with associate degrees or higher have lower costs associated with assistance to low-income households. With that in mind, the foundation approaches fundraising for scholarships as an investment, rather than simply a donation.
It may not be an investment a donor benefits from directly, but everyone in the community will see the effects when education is available and affordable to all.
The employees and members of the college and foundation boards of trustees have embraced that message. In the recent Employee Giving Campaign run by the foundation, every member of the foundation board donated. The board created the new LCCC Board of Trustees Scholarship. And employees of the college contributed $72,310 in new gifts and pledges. Those donations will be matched by the state through the Matching the Spirit program, bringing the total to $144,620.
Since 2004, employees and retirees at the college have contributed more than $965,000 through the Employee Giving Campaign. Those were the actual donated amounts; that does not include the state match. Employees and retirees have established 77 new scholarships to honor loved ones, celebrate milestones or support students struggling financially to make it through college.
It’s clear the employees and board members at the college are serious about education. They’ve made an investment in the future of Laramie County and Wyoming.