Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the OCC Foundation received more than $2.3 million dollars in corporate gifts during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. According to SUNY’s Voluntary Support of Education survey, Onondaga’s corporate fundraising was second in the state among community colleges to only the Fashion Institute of Technology.
$2,325,399in corporate gifts for 2011-2012
168%Increase over the previous year
for the Future
Promise is the new name and vision for the annual fund at Onondaga, and is dedicated to supporting current students as well as creating opportunities for aspiring future students. It was created to empower the bright and motivated people who come to Onondaga so that they may build a better future for themselves, their families and the entire Central New York community.
Gifts to the Promise annual fund go where the needs and opportunities are greatest, and ensure support for student scholarships, educational opportunities for faculty and staff, academic resources, and student emergency funding, to name just a few.
Through the employee campaign for the Promise annual fund, faculty and staff gifts more than doubled in 2013, jump starting the new giving campaign and paving the way for continued College success. Onondaga alumni, parents, community members, business partners and friends are invited to join in this important fundraising mission, and become part of a community of donors who provide essential support to Onondaga and its students.
Promise Levels of Support:
Thank you for your generous support! To learn more visit www.sunyocc.edu/giving
The College and its students are well positioned for continued success thanks to the generosity of donors.
5xthe number of Onondaga students receive scholarships todayvs.10 years ago
Scholarship Funds Available to Students
The value of the OCC Foundation’s endowment has nearly tripled over a decade, and strongly rebounded from the 2009 global market collapse, rising to $8.5 million today
The foundation manages more than 150 funds in support of Onondaga Community College and its students.
"I want to thank all of the great hospitality professors here"
Like his parents, Alex Fiacchi found the recipe for success at Onondaga.
The Syracuse native and Bishop Grimes High School graduate earned his degree in Hospitality Management from Onondaga in December 2012, joining his parents as proud alumni. His mother, Joanne,graduated in 1983 with a degree in Sociology. His father, Anthony, graduated one year later with a degree in Hospitality Management.
Fiacchi is now a student at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)in Hyde Park, NY, where he is on schedule to graduate in 2014. He received a $10,000 scholarship to CIA thanks to a recommendation written by Chef Deb Schneider, an alumna of CIA and a Chef Instructor at Onondaga. “As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, I know the discipline it takes to be a student there,” said Schneider. “I felt Alex was a perfect candidate. He is not only a serious student, but enthusiastic and willing to learn.”
As Chair of the Onondaga Community College Foundation board of directors, I am so very proud of the work that the foundation does each and every day to support students in our community. Since becoming a member of the Onondaga family through my work on the foundation board, I have had the distinct privilege to personally witness the incredible difference that we all can make in the lives of aspiring college students.
Most importantly, I extend my deepest appreciation to my fellow board members and our generous donors for their philanthropic spirit, commitment, and support which allows our students to fulfill their dreams. Truly it’s our donors – the alumni, faculty, friends, employees, community and business leaders, parents, philanthropists, and all of our other supporters – that make such a very real difference to our students, and to our community at large. For this, I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude.
James HollandChair, OCC Foundation Board of Directors
James F. Holland, Chair
Alicia S. Calagiovanni, Esq., Vice Chair
Daniel J. Fisher, Vice Chair
Michael J. Reilly, CPA ’79, Treasurer
Orrin B. MacMurray, PE, Secretary
John J. Zacharek, Executive Director
Sandra L. Baker
Nancy A. Bottar
Casey E. Crabill, Ed.D.
Patricia H. Deferio
Judy C. Flanagan
Sarah J.S. Gaffney
Alexander P. Henn
Peter G. King AIA
Gary R. Livent, Ph.D.
Gregory W. Loh
James “Otey” Marshall
Maureen McCarthy Tracy
Donald H. Morgan
John L. Murad, Jr., Esq.
Arthur H. Rees, CPA ’78
Mark W. Re ’85
William E. Sanford
Steven R. Schill ’78
James N. Seeley, Esq.
Mark R. Tryniski ’81
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Onondaga Community College Foundation provided more financial assistance to students in 2013 than ever before in its history. In fact, the foundation now provides scholarships to five times the number of students than it did just ten years ago. This is a remarkable fact, and it would not be possible without passionate donors who understand that an investment in our students is an investment in our future.
The foundation is also very proud to have supported student success through several new initiatives in 2013. A prime example – the foundation contributed 100% of the national dues for Onondaga students wishing to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an honor society for high performing students. As a result of the foundation’s support, student membership in PTK more than doubled at the College. In essence, by reducing a financial barrier, the foundation and its donors have inspired more Onondaga students to pursue true academic excellence.
As we reflect on a year of great accomplishments at Onondaga, we thank you for your generous contributions that have allowed us to continue opening new doors for our students.
John J. ZacharekVice President for DevelopmentExecutive Director, OCC Foundation
If you are 70 1/2 and older and would like to make a gift to the OCC Foundation from your IRA without tax penalty, an IRA charitable roll-over is an excellent option. This IRA giving provision was extended into 2013, but will expire at the end of the year.
For more information, or to take advantage of other charitable giving incentives, please consult your tax advisor or contact John Zacharek, Vice President for Development, at 315-498-6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCC Foundation donors are listed below according to gifts received between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. Thank you to our generous donors
The goal of the Legacy Society is to build the College’s financial resources, thus ensuring that the College can continue to provide high quality educational opportunities for future generations of Onondaga students.
Many alumni and friends of Onondaga Community College have expressed their support for Onondaga’s educational mission by including the College in their estate plans or by making deferred gifts. To recognize these individuals and encourage others to support education at Onondaga, the College offers the Legacy Society.
The College cordially invites all alumni and friends who have made provisions in their estate and financial plans for Onondaga Community College to become members of the Legacy Society by contacting the Development Office at email@example.com or (315) 498-6060.
Many businesses and corporations match personal gifts to educational institutions made by their employees or, in some cases, by family members of employees and/or retirees. By taking advantage of your matching gift benefit, you can often double the amount of your gift.
A strong endowment allows Onondaga Community College to pursue critical initiatives that enhance our ability to be a leader in community college higher education and research. Endowments provide stability for the future by supporting people, programs, and facilities across the campus. The endowment is the sum of Onondaga’s permanent invested capital used to generate funds each year for the college. Onondaga’s endowment is the college’s financial foundation—a stable, permanent source of funds.
The first class of Community Scholars recipients arrived at the College in August 2012. $150,000 in Community Scholars support was made available to students in the 2012-2013 academic year, as part of the OCC Foundation’s $230,000 in total scholarship awards. The new program, previously known as “Presidential Scholars” during the fundraising efforts in the Reach Beyond Campaign, has now been formally named “Community Scholars” to better associate with its intent of support. The Community Scholars program has three facets: Inspire Promise – to assist high-achieving high school students, Renew Hope – to assist adult learners, and Fulfill Dreams – to support former Onondaga students who wish to return to complete a degree or certificate.
Thank you to the donors who have made Community Scholars Scholarships possible:
The Promise President’s Circle was launched in January 2013 and is comprised of a premier group of alumni, employees, retirees and friends who support the Promise annual fund with gifts of $1,000 or more. A special thank you to the following donors for their leadership giving:
The Reach Beyond Capital Campaign concluded in 2012 with a celebration at the SRC Arena & Events Center. The following is a list of the very generous donors who contributed to the success of the campaign. We thank them for their ongoing support as they complete their pledges and continue to support Onondaga and its students.
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4585 West Seneca TurnpikeSyracuse, NY firstname.lastname@example.org