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History And Operation
The Rockingham Community College Foundation, Inc., was founded in January of 1970 as one of the first community college-related foundations established in the 58-school system. The RCC Foundation is a completely separate legal entity from the college and has a 501(c)(3) charitable organization designation. Gifts to the RCC Foundation are tax deductible. Please see your financial advisor for details on any tax-related matters.

The RCC Foundation is governed by a board of directors whose members must number between 20 and 40. The Foundation board is divided into five working divisions. They are:

  • Appropriations - Responsible for the Foundation's grant process and overseeing grant implementation.
  • Community Relations and Development - Initiates outreach programs on behalf of the Foundation and coordinates public relations events.
  • Investment - Handles the investment of the Master Trust (current market value of approximately $5 million) and endowed scholarship funds (approximate value of $3 million); and develops financial policies for Foundation funds.
  • Organization and Planning - Oversees the board's nomination and election process, strategic planning and board member education programs.
  • Resource Development - Responsible for designing and executing fund raising campaigns and communicating financial needs of the Foundation.

The Rockingham Community College Development Office is responsible for donor and alumni relations. The RCC Development Office is a part of the college’s organizational structure, with the director of development for the college serving as the executive director of the RCC Foundation.

The Development Office supports Foundation activities and coordinates the following types of fund raising efforts: annual campaigns (i.e. the Countywide Annual Giving Campaign); planned giving and estate gifts (i.e. trusts and bequests); and capital/major gift campaigns (i.e. Fulfilling the Promise, a campaign of several years in duration with a specific focus and a large dollar goal). The Foundation also organizes some alumni events.

For information on these events, contact Gaye Clifton at or 336.342.4261, ext. 2201.

Each November the RCC Foundation issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the RCC campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to develop innovative projects/programs which will enhance the learning and collegiate experience of our students. The deadline for the proposals is February 1 and awards are announced in May for use in the following fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

RCC Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 38
Wentworth, NC 27375-0038

Gaye Clifton, Director of Development
Telephone: 336.342.4261, ext. 2201
Fax: 336.349.9986

Diane Hyler, Development Office Assistant
Telephone: 336.342.4261, ext. 2141