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Special Gifts

Special gifts, whether unrestricted or directed to any area of our campuses, make a vital difference to the college. Many people choose to contribute to areas of interest on our campus. We are delighted to receive special gifts for individual programs, new initiatives, performing arts, and many other opportunities. We are honored to recognize our special donors in a variety of ways, including in some cases naming opportunities . All donations of $1,000 or more to Outright Gifts, EEIF, or Naming Opportunities include membership in College of Marin’s President’s Circle.

We welcome donations of cash, stock, or property of all amounts.

Bequests/Planned Gifts

More and more donors have chosen to favor us in their financial plans, whether through a trust or a bequest. A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. You may give a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount, an asset, or retirement plan.

A bequest to the college is as simple as including the following in your will or irrevocable trust.
I hereby bequeath __________ to College of Marin, a not-for-profit public community college of the State of California.

A bequest may be designated as unrestricted and may be used for the college's highest priorities. Or, you may designate a specific program to support.

Educational Excellence and Innovation Fund (EEIF)

Many donors have been interested in supporting Educational Excellence and Innovation Fund (EEIF). Their generous donations provide seed money to our faculty and staff enabling them to dream out loud and pioneer ideas to improve teaching and learning at College of Marin. Our enlightened supporters have truly sparked campus creativity. In addition, all designated gifts of $1,000 or more to EEIF will be recognized with President’s Circle membership.

The Educational Excellence and Innovation Fund (EEIF) has four areas of concentration: start-up support to faculty and staff in devising programs and services, expanded opportunities for students’ career training opportunities and skills development, supporting the exploration and development of new pedagogies, learning styles, and learning communities such as online instruction, and new partnerships with businesses to expand and improve program offerings.

Just a couple of examples of EEIF programs include: Medical Simulation Laboratory to train students and first responders from area medical facilities, an award-winning Organic Farm program that serves as a living learning laboratory, and an Electric Vehicle Conversion class giving students a first-hand experience at converting a gasoline vehicle to solar.

EEIF was established at COM in 2006 by the Board of Trustees and former Superintendent/President Dr. Frances L. White.

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A number of our most generous donors have provided for the college in perpetuity by making special gifts to endow programs, departments, or faculty positions. These assets are held forever by the college and invested to provide enduring income to an area of interest. Each year only a portion of the invested income earned is spent and the remainder is added back to the original principal.If you would like to talk with us about and endowed gift, we would love to speak with you about the gift that keeps on giving.

Fine Arts Gallery

With the inaugural exhibition of Richard Diebenkorn’s works at the new College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, the College is well positioned to take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to launch a first-rate venue for fine arts in Marin. The study and experience of art provides exceptional learning opportunities for both students and our greater Marin community. While art museums generally have an educational component, few art museums have taken as their central mission the active learning experiences of undergraduate students. The College of Marin Fine Arts Program and Gallery will offer access to and a focus on fine arts education and active learning experiences. Supporting the College of Marin Fine Arts Program and Gallery will ensure our students and greater community an enduring, meaningful and creative means of teaching, learning, exploring, questioning and engaging with the world of fine arts.

Find out more about the COM Fine Arts Gallery Fundraising Campaign.

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Instructional Equipment and Technology Fund

An important part of College of Marin’s mission is to train the future workforce. Updated classroom equipment will enhance the learning environment and enable instructional programs to be more responsive to emerging technologies in the workplace. Due to recent budget reductions, the college will only be able to keep abreast of cutting edge technologies through the generosity of private support.

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Kinesiology and Athletics

College of Marin's athletics has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, and will continue to do so with help from donors. Contributions to the Kinesiology and Athletics Department allow us to better support our student-athletes and coaches with the necessary funds to compete at the highest levels. College of Marin transferring student-athletes earned over $225,000 in scholarships in 2013 and 49 of our student-athletes were members of the honor roll that year. Our players and coaches collected 31 conference and state awards in 2012 and 2013. More than 206 student-athletes have transferred to universities since 2009. To continue to provide the best academic and athletic opportunities, the College needs your support.

Each year the department also seeks nominations to the College of Marin Athletics Hall of Fame. If you know of an exceptional athlete that played for the College, please contact the Kinesiology and Athletics Department and provide the nominee's information, what sport(s) and year(s) they played, and coach's name.

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Naming Opportunities

The naming of a building, place, endowment, or one of the many other naming opportunities available, is the ultimate recognition of an extraordinary individual investment to transform lives. For those who make a substantial financial commitment and wish to honor a family member, pay tribute to a friend, or commemorate someone inspirational, there are a variety of permanent naming opportunities for you to chose fromavailable, including buildings, classrooms, distinguished professorships, laboratories, theatre seats, fine art gallery, and science museum among others. Gifts of $1000 or more come with the added benefits of membership in College of Marin's President's Circle.

Performing Arts

Artistic expression has long been a vital part of how we express our deepest cultural values, commemorate our most cherished rituals, and examine our most challenging issues. College of Marin’s performing arts programs inspire creativity, entertain, and provide learning, and personal growth through classes, cultural events, and community collaborations. On stage, College of Marin's Performing Art's productions have captivated Marin audiences for decades with electrifying performances. These productions provide extraordinary opportunities for students to study with professional instructors who have helped inspire and launch a number of amazing professional careers, including award winning performers, choreographers, and musicians, including Academy Award Winning Actor Robin Williams, Patti Colombo who choreographed Peter Pan on Broadway, and Tony nominated stage actor Joel Blum among many others.

We are now engaged in completing a number of capital improvements to our performing arts facilities and are in great need of special gifts to upgrade technology and equipment so that we may continue to offer exemplary performing arts programming. Significant gifts to the College of Marin Performing Arts Campaign will entitle you to appropriate recognition through a variety of named giving opportunities and donor benefits.

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Give the Gift of Education

The students that you support today will be the artists, nurses, scientists, architects, teachers, journalists, and leaders of tomorrow. Your investment in establishing a scholarship or supporting an existing scholarship fund will pay the highest of dividends by giving deserving students the opportunity to fulfill their boundless potential. Give any amount to a pooled scholarship fund, or learn more about creating your own named or endowed scholarships.

Starting a scholarship is easy. Please complete and email or mail a Scholarship Donation Form to:
College of Marin Advancement Office
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Help us meet the student scholarship challenge!

The Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund
Click here to read a letter from Superintendent/President Dr. David Wain Coon
This year College of Marin received a generous anonymous $100,000 challenge grant to establish academic scholarships for deserving students. The new Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund provides $1,000 awards for serious students enrolled in 9 units or more maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

You can help us meet the challenge with your donation to student scholarships. You may contribute directly to the Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund or establish your own annual or endowed scholarship to help us meet the challenge.

For more information call 415.485.9648.

Science Museum

The College of Marin Science Museum offers some of the best opportunities for learning about science and the natural world in Marin. Its collections are the result of over a century of work by our faculty, staff, students, and patrons. The collections span the whole range from anthropology to zoology, including plants, fungi, insects, fish, birds, mammals, rocks, fossils, and more. The museum collections have recently moved into new quarters equipped with updated curation facilities. The College would like to make these collections more available to members of the college community, as well as to science and natural history enthusiasts throughout Marin. As important steps toward this goal, a modern exhibit area has been constructed and detailed plans have been prepared for finishing it so that all can derive maximum benefit from this important resource. A fundraising drive is now underway, with naming options available for interested donors. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul da Silva, 415.485.9542, or the Advancement Office, 415.485.9648..

Science Museum Fundraising News

Dr. Gordon Chan Science Museum Fund
We are very pleased to announce that the College of Marin Science Museum  has received a donation of $12,500 and a pledge for an additional $12,500 from the family of Dr. Gordon Chan, former biology professor, for the Science Museum. These funds will be used to purchase a medium display cabinet and also to name the marine biology collection in memory of Dr. Chan. Other friends, former students, and fans of Dr. Chan are encouraged to contribute to the project.
Support the Al Molina Science Museum Fund
A new effort is also underway that is being spearheaded by science faculty and former students to name additional features of the museum in memory of beloved biology professor Al Molina. A special fundraising kickoff event will be held on February 2, 2014, with the goal of raising sufficient funds to dedicate a cabinet or a collection in honor of Al. The event will take place in the Science Museum located on the first floor of the new Science, Math, and Nursing Building, in Room 105, at the Kentfield Campus. Everyone is invited to attend.

Find out more about the COM Science Museum Fundraising Campaign.

Veterans Services Center

College of Marin is honored to serve veterans returning home from military service. Our goal is to ensure their academic success and see them through to graduation and a new career. You can help make a difference in the lives of our returning veterans by donating to the College of Marin Veterans Services Center Fund.

In September 2012, College of Marin opened its new Veterans Services Center to provide extended resources for military women and men returning home from war and reentering civilian life. About 30,000 men and women leave the military and return to California each year, a number that is expected to increase dramatically as the war in Afghanistan winds down and the military downsizes.

College of Marin currently enrolls about 150 student veterans. Approximately half of these students have received support through the new Veterans Services Center. While many of these students have signed up for education benefits under the enhanced GI Bill, student veterans often need additional assistance to ensure their academic success and transition to productive civilian lives. Donations to the Veterans Services Center will provide emergency cash grants of $100 to $1500 to help student veterans cover unexpected expenses such as transportation, counseling services, childcare, textbooks, and other needs. Additionally, donations will be used for outreach to all student veterans and to provide equipment, reference books and resources in the Veterans Center. The continuing success of our veteran students relies on the generosity of private support from donors like you.

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Mission Statement: College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community by offering: preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; associate degrees and certificates; career technical education; basic skills improvement; English as a second language; lifelong learning; and community and cultural enrichment. College of Marin responds to community needs by offering student-centered programs and services in a supportive, innovative learning environment that promotes social and environmental responsibility. (Approved at the April 11, 2015 Board Meeting)

College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: College of Marin is one of 113 public community colleges in California and approximately 13,000 credit, noncredit, and community education students enroll annually.

College of Marin students seeking instruction-related disability accommodations should contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Office, (415) 485-9406. Individuals seeking special assistance to accommodate a disability may call the Student Activities & Advocacy Office, (415) 485-9376.

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