Here are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding giving to the Cerritos College Foundation.
Why should I give to the Cerritos Community College?
Government funding does not provide full funding for programs such as scholarships, special acquisitions, equipment purchases, or for the creation of endowments. Such programs are essential to our growing student body, our growing commitment to excellence, and society's growing desire to see highly educated, technically proficient people in the workforce. Private gifts allow for these necessary programs.
Can my gift make a difference?
Yes. Although it may seem a gift of $25 or $100 would not have much impact, every gift adds to the total money available to the College. If ten donors give $100 each, an award of $1,000 can be made to an outstanding student, for example. An award of $1,000 can make a serious difference in one of our student's life; the difference of staying in school or not.
Can I designate my gift?
Yes, you can determine what program or activity you want to support. Unrestricted donations, however, can be used where the need is the greatest. Unrestricted donations can make the difference to an underserved program or to help create a new program.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
How do I make a donation?
You can make your donation online or by check. Please make checks payable to: Cerritos College Foundation, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. In the memo portion of the check, please indicate your gift designation, if any. Gifts may also be made using your Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card by calling (562) 860-2451, ext. 2526. A receipt for your gift will be mailed to you.
Donor Bill of Rights*
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
To be assured that their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the fullest extent provided by the law.
To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization intends to share.
To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
*Developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Society of Fund-Raising Executives (NSFRE)