Foundation History

The Hartnell College Foundation was incorporated in December 1979 with a focus on providing scholarships. In recent years, the Foundation has grown to include a comprehensive fundraising campaign for scholarships, equipment, program support, and endowments. Between 2006 and 2012, the Foundation completed the college’s first 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, arts and sciences, allied health, health sciences, and scholarships. At the end of 2012, the Foundation launched a President’s Task Force tasked to identify key initiatives appropriate for private support and to create a new 5-year funding plan. The plan includes initiatives for major facilities and new programs; 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 southern Monterey County.