8 Myths about the Spoon River College Foundation

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SRC_foundation_mythsMYTH: The Foundation and the College are the same thing.

pgs2-3-SpoonRiverCollegeFoundationFACT: The Foundation is a separate 501 (c) (3) that was specifically set up to provide resources to Spoon River College.  Though we often work together on emerging issues, the two are very separate entities.

MYTH: Donations to the Foundation come only in large quantities from wealthy people.

FACT: We receive all denominations of gifts from people of all different backgrounds – and all are appreciated. It really, honestly doesn’t matter how much you give. It matters that you give.

MYTH: The Foundation funds only scholarships.

p10-11_CommunityChorus Winter WondersFACT: Scholarships are a big part of what we do (over $300,000 in the last five years), but we also fund college programs (including athletics, drama, the Alumni Association, the Retirees’ Leading Initiative and many others), facilities upgrades, and Innovation Grants, which help our staff and faculty bring new ideas to life and help keep SRC great!

MYTH: I want to get involved with the Foundation, but there aren’t many ways to get involved.

FACT: There are many fun ways to use your skills and talents to benefit the Foundation. Volunteer at one of our events, join the Alumni Association (if you attended one class at Canton Community or Spoon River College, you’re an alum!), or participate in the Spoon River College Community Chorus, which raises money several times each year for scholarships! If you have the time and energy, we’ll find the place.

MYTH: The Foundation won’t use the money how I want it to.

pg12DSC07886FACT: Actually, we always consider the donor’s wishes, and, generally, you can request the gift be used however you’d like. If you want to create a scholarship for a first-generation college attendee, you can do that. If you want to give to a specific program, you can do that.  If you want your funds to go toward improving specific facilities at our campuses or centers, you can do that, too.

MYTH: Giving takes a lot of time.

FACT: Giving takes only the amount of time that you need to determine where you want your gift to go. After that, whether you want to give a cash donation, donate by credit card, or set up a planned or legacy gift, it takes just a matter of minutes.

MYTH: Once I give, the Foundation moves on to other donors.

FACT: This couldn’t be further from the truth. Ask those who have set up scholarships through the Foundation, who each year receive letters from the very students their gifts have helped to support.  We do everything we can to make sure you know your gift is valued and that you get to enjoy the benefits well after your gift is received.

MYTH: The Foundation has no impact on me, and
my gift won’t matter.

pg12DSC08217FACT: Spoon River College is a leading provider of higher education in our region, and our alumni have gone on to do incredible things – including becoming business owners, educators, engineers, and even a Harlem Globetrotter and United States Secretary of Transportation! We’re building the next generation of leaders for our local communities and our world, and we can’t do so without your help.

The Spoon River College Foundation’s Mission:

“Education is the key to an excellent future.
The SRC Foundation actively seeks resources to provide excellent educational opportunities to Spoon River College.”

Visit www.src.edu/foundation or contact Colin Davis at (309)647-6395 or colin.davis@src.edu.

ATTENTION CANTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES: IF YOU ATTENDED CANTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE/SPOON RIVER COLLEGE, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE CALL US AT (309) 647-6395 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO FOUNDATION@SRC.EDU AND TELL US A STORY FROM YOUR COLLEGE DAYS!!!

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