Mission and Purpose

The Mission of the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation is to advance educational opportunities at OCCC by raising funds for college needs and increasing public awareness of the College and its many benefits. The Foundation fulfills its mission by securing private donations, applying for grants, holding special events and fundraisers, stewarding resources, and administering special programs, such as the OCCC Foundation Scholarship program.

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The OCCC Foundation Board and staff work closely with the College President and the elected Board of Education to raise funds for college priorities. The  College supports Foundation operations by providing office space and partial funding for equipment, materials, supplies, and staff salaries. The support provided by the College is essential in ensuring that the majority of donor contributions directly support students, programs, and other College needs that are not possible through the College’s general operating budget.


The Foundation received its non-profit, tax exempt status from the State of Oregon in 2000. Gifts to the Foundation are gifts of knowledge that help build a better future for Lincoln County through an educated citizenry. Donations qualify as charitable contributions and may be tax-deductible. The Foundation helps to ensure growth and stability for the College, thus ensuring the future of higher education in Lincoln County.

$30 for 30 Years

OCCC is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  If you or someone you know has benefited from OCCC, from a single class or life-changing certificate or degree, please show your appreciation with a gift to the OCCC Foundation.  Your gift of $30 can make a difference in the lives of our students.  Click HERE to give now.




The OCCC Foundation works to:

  • Provide funds to assist with program development;
  • Provide funds to help the College provide the latest technology and equipment to students and instructors;
  • Provide funds to strengthen Career & Technical Education programs such as Nursing and Aquarium Science;
  • Execute an annual campaign to support unrestricted funding;
  • Provide Student Aid in the form of scholarships and, as needed, emergency funds;
  • Support capital funding efforts for campus development and improvements;
  • Manage and grow endowed funds to secure the future of Oregon Coast Community College.

Individual Board members support the Foundation by contributing financial resources as well as individual expertise. Members serve as community ambassadors to enhance the College’s relations with the community. Members also actively participate in fund-raising efforts.

The Foundation office is located at OCCC’s Central County Campus, at 400 SE College Way in Newport.

For more information, contact Lucinda Taylor, Director of Advancement, at 541-867-8531 or via email.

The Foundation Board

The OCCC Foundation Board of Directors consists of a minimum of nine directors. Members serve for three year terms and are elected by the membership. Officers of the Foundation are also elected by the membership.  Board members do not have term limits and can be re-elected for additional terms.

Officers for 2017-18: Chris Boyle, President; Julie Hanrahan, President-elect; David Bigelow, Treasurer and Sharon Beardsley, Secretary.

Members: David Gomberg, Gloria Ingle, Lesley Ogden, Nancy Osterlund, Birgitte Ryslinge, Billie Jo Smith, Andi Spirtos, and Adam Springer.  Lucinda Taylor, OCCC Director of Advancement, serves as an ex-officio member.

Foundation Governance

The OCCC Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of professional, business and community leaders who believe in the mission and values of OCCC. The business and affairs of the Foundation are managed and controlled by the Board of Directors, subject to the provisions of the Oregon Nonprofit Foundation Act and the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of the OCCC Foundation.

The Board acts in a fiduciary capacity in administering donations in strict compliance with the instructions of the donor. Gifts to the Foundation may be designated for general purposes or restricted to a specific department or program. If a gift is not designated, the Board determines its use according to the greatest need of the College.

The following principles were developed and adopted by the Board to guide them in overseeing the business affairs and investments of the Foundation:

Principle 1. We believe the Foundation holds a public trust to do what it can to improve the quality of the lives of those we serve.

Principle 2. We recognize an ongoing obligation to clearly state our mission, to articulate the needs of the students and community we serve, and to explain how our programs work, what they cost, and the benefits they produce.

Principle 3. We know that we are accountable to those we exist to serve, and to those who support our efforts. To that end, we acknowledge an obligation to share information about our governance, finances, and operations, giving due regard to privacy rules.

Principle 4. We accept that we are responsible for continually striving to fulfill our mission, for exerting leadership on behalf of the public interest, and that in doing so our stewardship must be geared toward ensuring an organization that on any inspection would be found to be of the highest quality.

Giving to the Foundation

The OCCC Foundation provides the opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, and corporations to invest in the future of the College and the community it serves by making financial contributions for:

• Student scholarships/grants
• Capital improvements
• Campus facility expansion
• Instructional equipment
• Student recruitment/retention programs
• Faculty/staff development
• Research materials
• Aquarium Science student internships
• Other needs as they are identified

There are numerous ways to make a gift to the Foundation. Please see the full list below to explore all options.

To make an online donation using our secure portal, click the button below.  You can make a one-time contribution, become a sustaining supporter by setting up a recurring gift, or make a pledge and set up an installment plan.

Credit card donations may also be made by calling Lucinda Taylor, Director of Advancement, at 541-867-8531.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to the OCCC Foundation and mailed to:

Lucinda Taylor
Director of Advancement
OCCC Foundation
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366

Tel 541-867-8531
Fx  541-265-3820

Cash donations may be delivered directly to the Foundation office.

Planned Giving/Bequests

Many people would like to make larger charitable gifts to support the organizations and institutions they care most about. But concerns about personal and family financial security may make these gifts seem impossible. By using a carefully designed method of planned giving, a donor may fulfill charitable wishes, while enhancing the family’s financial security. Foundation staff is available to work with donors and their tax advisors to explore contribution possibilities.


Gifts of securities such as stock certificates can be donated to the College through the Foundation’s brokerage firm. Donors should work with their brokers in order to avoid any complications.

Real Estate/Personal Property

Gifts of real estate or personal property may be transferred to the Foundation after the Board of Directors agrees to accept and administer such gifts. If owned outright, delivery of a deed of conveyance, such as a warranty deed or bargain and sale deed is sufficient to transfer real estate. A written description of the assets and a statement of intention to give irrevocably should accompany the transference of the personal property.

Matching Gifts

Some companies have established matching gift programs to encourage contributions by their employees to support educational institutions or other non-profit organizations. These programs allow the donor to double or even triple their gift.

Amazon Smile

You can support the OCCC Foundation through Amazon Smile, a program that provides contributions to your favorite charity whenever you purchase eligible products using your Amazon account. To learn more and sign up, please visit this page, and select the OCCC Foundation as your charity of choice.

Fred Meyer Giving

You can support the OCCC Foundation through Fred Meyer Giving, a program that provides contributions to your favorite charity whenever you use your rewards card when shopping at Fred Meyer. To learn more and sign up, please visit this page and select the OCCC Foundation as your charitable organization of choice.

501(c)(3) Status

The OCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donors, however, should seek the advice of private legal and financial counsel to determine the tax deductibility of any gift.

Federal Tax ID#: 93-1290953

Williams Lecture Series
A Presentation & Discussion of Siletz Tribal History, featuring special guest presenter Robert Kentta
October 26, 7:00pm  *  OCCC Newport Campus Community Room, 400 SE College Way  *  Free to the public

Donor & Scholar Reception
Celebrating our scholarship recipients and the generous donors who make it all possible
November 9, 7:00pm  *  OCCC Newport Campus Commons, 400 SE College Way
For more information or to RSVP, contact Lucinda Taylor at 541.867.8531 or foundation@oregoncoastcc.org