Who We Are

Clark College Foundation (CCF) is an independent, self-funded and self-governed nonprofit that assists Clark College through philanthropy. The foundation was established on July 25, 1973 as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Today, we are engaged in a $30 million comprehensive campaign that is one of the most important initiatives in Clark’s history.

Since its inception, Clark College Foundation has provided Clark College with $55 million in college-related support.

Each year, we award more than $1 million in scholarships, special awards and financial support to hundreds of students. Additionally, we provide $2 million to $4 million more annually for Clark programs, projects and faculty/staff development.

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Our CEO Lisa Gibert is one of the leading fundraising executives in the country. She’s the 2018 recipient of the CASE National Commonfund Award for Leadership for institutionally related foundations.

The foundation is recognized by our peers as one of the top education fundraising shops in the nation. In 2020, we received two prestigious national educational fundraising awards for overall performance and improvement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

For the past two years (2020, 2021), we have been the recipient of the Bronze Anvil Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). We won awards from PRSA’s Oregon chapter in 2020 and 2021 (Merits) and 2019 (Spotlight).

We won a bronze award from CASE District 8 in 2021 and an Opportunity and Inclusion Endorsement for our writing.

In 2019, we took home an Educational Fundraising Award from CASE. We are the 2017 silver and bronze winner for feature writing and fundraising publications by CASE in District 8; and a 2015 gold winner for campaign fundraising communications.

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