The Hartnell College Foundation was incorporated in December 1979. During the early years, the Foundation focused its efforts primarily on scholarships. In recent years, the Foundation has grown to include a comprehensive fundraising campaign for scholarships, equipment, program support, and endowments. The Foundation’s purpose is to raise funds to support and benefit the Hartnell Community College District. A broad base of community support has been created that provides the infrastructure to continue worthwhile programs.
Between 2006 and 2012, the Hartnell College Foundation completed the college’s first major comprehensive capital campaign in its 85-year history raising $12 million. The board and committees were expanded to involve over 250 community leaders. As part of the campaign, areas of need were identified for support including: agriculture, the library, construction, athletics, allied health, health sciences, arts and sciences, and scholarships.
At the end of 2012, the Foundation launched a President’s Task Force to identify key initiatives appropriate for private support and create a new 5-year funding plan. The task force included 43 members representing the community. This group, with significant input from the campus leadership, ranked projects according to how attractive they would be for private funding. The plan was finalized in the first quarter of 2013 and includes initiatives for major facilities and new programs; student success scholarships and internships; expansion of science, technology, engineering and math programs; completion of the athletics master plan; high quality arts programs; and additional capacity building for south Monterey County.