Mission – Vision – Values

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman


Clark College Foundation was established in 1973 as the 501(c)(3) fundraising partner of Clark College. With financial gifts from you, the foundation provides the college with student scholarships, program and infrastructure support and community resources.

More than $1 million in scholarships, awards and financial support is awarded annually to more than 500 students. Each quarter, about 13,000 full-time and part-time students attend classes at Clark’s main campus located in Vancouver’s historic Central Park; West Coast Bank in the heart of downtown; Clark College at Columbia Tech Center in eastern Clark County; or Clark College at Washington State University Vancouver.


Clark College Foundation inspires the joy of philanthropy in support of student success and program excellence at Clark College.


Philanthropic support developed and stewarded by Clark College Foundation will make exceptional educational opportunities accessible to all who seek them at Clark College.



Recognition of philanthropy as the cornerstone in building a successful higher education environment


Adherence to professional ethics and assuming responsibility for one’s actions while maintaining high standards and consistent performance


Support of new ideas, entrepreneurship and continuous improvement at Clark College to transform lives and strengthen our community


Demonstration of sound management of philanthropic resources for the good of the college, its students and the community


Creation of an altruistic environment in which service to others is the guiding principle


Demonstration of a deep respect for differences by actively seeking, celebrating and creating opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds


Respect for and embracing of the strengths, perspectives, and talents of every individual by promoting an environment of cooperation, trust, and open communication