Frequently Asked Questions Delivering the Promise Campaign
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Delivering the Promise campaign and who can be involved?
What are the priorities of the Delivering the Promise campaign?
Why is the College investing in facilities and scholarships like never before?
MCC is a publicly funded institution, why are we asking for private support?
How do I buy a brick for the Employee Legacy Court?
How are employees involved in Delivering the Promise and how is this different than past employee giving campaigns?
I give to students every day though my job. Why should I support financially, too?
What is MCC 1200?
Is my gift to the MCC Foundation tax-deductible?
Can I make an anonymous gift? What information is shared about my donation?
I have always given to a fund that is important to me. Can I still do that?
How will I know my gift is making an impact?
What if I change my mind about how my donation is used, or how do I find out what fund(s) I’ve supported in the past?
Do I need to do anything if I chose to have an automatic renewal payroll deduction or if I made a multi-year pledge?
How will my gift be recognized?
I’d love to give a lasting gift, but don’t have the means right now. Can I add a bequest to my will or include MCCF as a beneficiary on my IRA?
My spouse/partner works for an employer who matches their employees’ charitable gifts. Will MCCF accept these kinds of matching gifts?
Can I make a gift jointly with my spouse who also works at MCC?
Since 1977, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation has advanced the College’s comprehensive mission by creating community awareness, building and nurturing meaningful relationships, and connecting donors with giving opportunities that match their interests. As a separate 501(c)(3) corporation, the MCC Foundation is the College’s primary vehicle for charitable giving. With the partnership of generous individuals, foundations, corporations and service organizations, we advocate to support:
- MCC student scholarships
- MCC program growth funds
- MCC Faculty Awards
- Capital projects for state-of-the-art facilities
- Textbooks and classroom supplies
- Student organization funds
- Facility and equipment needs
To respond to enrollment demands and community needs, MCC is investing in the future of our students and communities as never before. Delivering the Promise is in year 3 of MCC’s 5-year major gifts campaign that invites community support in those investments. Together with community donors, MCC is seeking to raise funds to a) bridge the gap of unmet student need through scholarships, b) support college-wide faculty and staff endowments, and c) implement the first priorities of the master facilities plan.
Employees and community members are welcome to be involved. Please contact the MCC Foundation Office at (402) 457-2346 or via email to discuss this opportunity. We’d be glad to talk with you about all the different ways you can help engage community members in the life of the College.
The comprehensive campaign addresses the need for student scholarships and program enhancement throughout the MCC system, along with three additional state-of-the-art facilities on the Fort Omaha Campus: the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, the Construction Education Center, and the Academic Skills Center. Of course, the priority in all of the new buildings is student success.
The Employee Giving Campaign web page has more information on ways to support the campaign initiatives. Click here to get the latest updates on the construction project. To learn more about the facilities master plan, visit the Campus Planning website.
The MCC Foundation staff are all available to discuss these projects with you. Please contact us at (402) 457-2346 or email us if you have any questions.
Simply stated: because the need has never been greater. As we recover from the recession, MCC serves more students than we did before the downturn - more students have financial challenges, technology and workforce needs are rapidly changing and demands our nimble response. That means putting innovation at the center of how we deliver education. Our students and communities deserve access to state-of-the art facilities, cutting edge technologies, advanced curricula, workforce ready skills training and the personal touch of a low faculty-to-student ratio. That’s the “promise” we can deliver together.
You know firsthand that it takes a team to help students succeed. State appropriations, tuition/fees, and property taxes only cover a portion of what it costs to operate the College. Private gifts are needed to help ensure student success and quality of services. Private support can also add a margin of excellence that public dollars cannot.
Commemorative bricks are a one-time purchase opportunity that will complement faculty and staff members’ current pledge commitments by offering additional support for the MCCF Matching Scholarship Fund.
Exclusively for MCC Employees, past and present, custom-engraved bricks in the Employee Legacy Court will make a lasting tribute at the Fort Omaha Campus while supporting student scholarships.
Bricks may be ordered online via PayPal or one-time Payroll Deduction or by mailing the Foundation a printed order form. If you’d like to receive a copy of the printed Employee Legacy Court brochure/order form, please contact us at (402) 457-2346 or via email.
Following best practices of major gift campaigns, Delivering the Promise begins with ‘family first;’ we give before we invite the community to join us. All MCC full-time and part-time faculty and staff are invited to direct their charitable giving to financially support MCC students and programs in a variety of ways.
Kicking off the first campaign phase, 100% of the members of our MCC Foundation Board and MCC Board of Governors have supported the campaign financially.
Since this year’s employee giving season coincides with the overarching Delivering the Promise campaign, employees will be given the opportunity to consider a 3-year pledge to support the overall campaign, so that’s a new option. Just as in years past, every gift is appreciated, no matter the size.
Many MCC employees choose to make their gift through payroll deduction. With this option, you can choose to automatically renew until you notify us, pledge for all or part of the Delivering the Promise campaign, or make a one-time gift. For those interested in making a gift through payroll deduction, with your first deduction starting January 15th, please fill out your pledge form by December 31st. Please note that credit card gifts can only be accepted online.
As an alternative to cash gifts, you can also support the Foundation through a gift of securities (stocks, bonds), real estate, gifts in-kind, life income plans (trusts), life insurance policies, bequests and wills. Just contact the MCCF team if you’re interested in these other approaches.
This year, the MCC family is also invited to participate in creating the Employee Legacy Court, a distinct installation included in the Fort Omaha Campus expansion project. Purchasing one (or more) custom-engraved bricks in the Employee Legacy Court will give us all a way to recognize those who have worked so hard to make MCC a great place to work and learn over the years.
Every gift, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all that you do to serve MCC students. You make a positive impact on the lives of our students through your daily service, and that is something to celebrate. Chances are, you also see examples every day of how we could do more together. Examples of students who might have to drop a class if they don’t have money for books...or situations where training equipment is outdated, but the budget can’t support upgrades. Because you are so close to the College mission, you’re also in the position to experience your gift’s impact firsthand.
A strong foundation of giving within the College sends the important message that we, as a team, are committed to our students and our community. Our MCC teamwork demonstrates our commitment to delivering the promise of student success and inspires the broader community to invest as well.
We firmly believe that charitable giving is a personal choice. So, if you prefer not to give to the Delivering the Promise campaign at this time, we appreciate your consideration and all that you do to serve students to enable learning and success. Our goal is to make sure that every MCC employee has the opportunity to give if they wish.
MCC 1200 is a special designation that honors and recognizes MCC employees who have contributed $1,200 or more during their tenure at the College. There are two levels of membership: annual and sustaining. Annual members are those who contribute $1,200 or more in any given year. Sustaining members have a combined total of gifts of at least $1,200. There’s no need to enroll; the Foundation office will keep track of your gifts and award the designation to celebrate your commitment to student success. Why “1200,” you ask? MCC in Roman Numerals = 1200.
Yes, the MCC Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity; therefore, your contribution may be tax-deductible. Please check with your tax-adviser to find out more. By the last working day in January, an annual charitable contribution receipt for the previous year will be sent to all donors who choose to invest in student success through a gift to MCCF.
Yes. First, the Foundation does not share gift amounts or purposes with anyone outside of our office. If you would like your donation to be anonymous, your gift will be acknowledged with a receipt, but your information will not be listed publicly. To choose this option, indicate on the pledge form whether or not you wish to be listed in Foundation publications, such as annual reports.
Yes, we believe in matching people with their giving interests. You can designate your gift to a variety of areas, including one (or several) of the existing program funds and scholarships. You decide how much and where you want to make your impact! An option is also available to select “Unrestricted Fund” so your gift can be applied to the area(s) in most need.
As an MCC employee, you will see the impact firsthand on our campuses and centers. Campaign updates will be posted on MyWay and in email communication. Feature articles and videos highlight many of the ways donors’ gifts have transformed the way we teach and learn at MCC. Each year, the MCC Foundation publishes an Annual Report that details donations pledged and disbursed to support students, programs, faculty and facilities.
If you choose to contribute to an MCC Foundation scholarship, you will be invited to attend the annual scholarship reception to meet the student recipients. Also, please visit the MCC Foundation web site for a full list of scholarship recipients by year.
You may change your mind at any time by contacting the Foundation Office via written correspondence (e.g. email, intercampus mail or postal mail). Though previous donations cannot be redirected, future donations beginning the date the correspondence is received will honor your new designation.
If you’d like to receive information about your past giving to the Foundation, please contact the Foundation office at (402) 457-2346 or email us and we can easily find out for you.
No. You only need to contact us if you want to make a change to your gift. Your initial pledge ensures your participation during the timeframe you selected.
All employee gifts made prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 30) will be listed in that year’s MCC Foundation Annual Report. Please record your name on the pledge form as you would like it to be listed. Feel free to include the name of your spouse or partner should he or she also wish to be recognized. If you would prefer not to be recognized for your gift, simply check the box requesting that we keep your gift anonymous.
Yes, a bequest or planned gift is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends or Metropolitan Community College Foundation as part of your estate plan to leave an ongoing legacy.
A retirement asset, like an IRA account, makes an excellent bequest as well. By designating the MCC Foundation as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.
Please visit our planned giving site for more information, or call the MCCF staff to talk about the impact you wish to make. Please be sure to consult with your advisor for personal tax and estate planning guidance.
Yes, please contact the Human Resources department at your spouse or partner’s company to obtain the matching gift form. Then complete the form and return it to the Foundation office (FOC 1) along with your pledge. Many employers match at a 1:1 ratio; therefore, you can potentially double your impact.
Yes. Please mark the pledge form to indicate that your gift is a joint gift, and both you and your spouse/partner will receive credit for the gift.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have about giving to the MCC Foundation. Just contact the Foundation via email or call us at (402) 457-2346 and we will be glad to help.
Foundation Office: Fort Omaha Campus, Building 1