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April 29, 2021 is the big day.

A 24-hour fundraising event to benefit Clark students. Support the departments and programs most important to you during PenguinsGive. Dollar-for-dollar matches and challenges are available.



A 24-hour fundraising event to benefit Clark students. Support the departments and programs most important to you during Penguins Give.

Primary Match
Each gift is matched to the donor’s fund of choice, as long as match funds remain. This special opportunity allows you to double the support to the area of the college you are passionate about. Your $25 to the Cannell Library, for example, means $50 for that department to use as needed! Sponsored by NW Natural; Penguin Leadership Fund donors.

Special Challenges and Matches

Alumni Scholarship
Donations matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000. Sponsored by members of the Clark College Foundation Alumni Board; Northwest Natural.

Dissolving Disparities Presidential Fund (supports efforts to end educational inequalities)
Donations matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000. Sponsored by President Dr. Karin Edwards; Clark College Foundation CEO Lisa Gibert; anonymous.

Dee Anne Finken Internship (supports a student journalism internship at The Columbian). When 10 donors make a gift, we unlock $500.
Sponsored by Dominick Allen and John Rater; Beth Slovic and Nick Budnick.

Emergency Grants
When 20 donors make a gift, we unlock $500. Sponsored by Charlene Hiss and Ed Pavone.

Employee Giving Campaign
All gifts made by Clark College and Clark College Foundation employees qualify for both PenguinsGive dollar-for-dollar main match and to the 2,021-point donor goal to unlock $5,000 for emergency grants.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
When 25 donors make a gift to any fund covered under the STEM unit, we unlock $1,500. Sponsored by an anonymous donor. 

Penguin Athletics
When 60 donors make a gift to any area of athletics, we unlock $1,375.
Sponsored by Jon and Veena Girod; Roger Daniels; Denny Huston.

Penguin Pantry
When 20 donors make a gift to the college food pantry, we unlock $500. Sponsored by Jerry Smith; anonymous.

Veterans Resource Center
Donations matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,300. Sponsored by members of the Veterans Resource Center Advisory Board.

Social Media Toolkit
This is your resource to download graphics for your social media feed, and to get ideas for text to use in emails and social media posts. Thank you for sharing the word about PenguinsGive. Clark succeeds because of you!

Social Media Challenge
For our first-ever #PenguinsGive day, we are doing a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive our top prize: a one-on-one Zoom coffee break with Clark College President Dr. Karin Edwards, as well as a $100 Visa gift card. Our second-place winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Clark College Bookstore and our third-place winner will receive an adorable stuffed Oswald. All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is:

1. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
2. Like one of our posts on social media during PenguinsGive.
3. Post a picture of yourself and/or a pet showing your penguin pride and tell us what Clark College means to you. Make sure to use the hashtag #waddleyougive so we can find you.


Tag at least 2 friends in your post.
Winners will be announced the following day, April 30th.


A 24-hour fundraising event to benefit Clark students. Support the departments and programs most important to you during Penguins Give.


Read about the Clark students benefitting from your gifts.


Clark Student Austin Kiyokawa

Clark College nursing student Austin Kiyokawa

Austin Kiyokawa

Austin is in his second year in the nursing program, and a recipient of the Louvenia Smith Memorial Scholarship. He hopes to work in an intensive care unit or emergency department after graduation, and to eventually obtain his bachelor’s and become a nurse anesthetist. “I’ve really enjoyed learning about different diseases and critically ill patients,” he said. Outside of school, Austin trains for ultra-marathons, keeps up with the Portland Trail Blazers and finds new ways to keep his fish, Terry, interested in its breakfast.


Clark Student Amber Johnson

Clark College environmental student Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson

Amber is a returning student, in her third year studying environmental sciences. After she graduates from Clark, she plans to transfer to either Washington State University or Portland State University to study geology. She then hopes to land a career in a prestigious scientific agency, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “I waited 13 years to return to school after graduating with an advanced diploma,” she said. “I thought for many years that returning to school to pursue my dream career was no longer in reach.” Thanks to the wraparound support Clark provided Amber, including financial aid counseling, she is on track to achieve success.


Clark Student Christina Wright

Clark College Business Management student Christina Wright.

Christina Wright

Before covid-19, Christina Wright was hoping to use her Clark education to launch her into a position teaching English in Thailand. Now she’s thinking about her future on a more local level. She’s planning to use her new business savvy gained while attaining her bachelor’s in business management to help out in the family construction business, and to lend a hand to her best friend, who wants to open a body modification studio. She wants to give back to the community by volunteering for nonprofits she believes in. “I want to help those around me, in and out of my community, to the best of my ability with the new knowledge I’ve gained,” she said.



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