Gateway Community College Foundation
20 Church Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 285-2296 x
Fax 203-285-2619
E-mail mcody@gatewayct.edu
Web and Social Media
Mission

The Gateway Community College Foundation assists the College in expanding its services to students, enhancing academic instruction and investing in Connecticut’s future. It advocates for the College and creates nurturing partnerships with businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the community. It also provides necessary resources that enable the College to carry out its mission of providing high-quality instruction and comprehensive services in an environment conducive to learning. The Foundation funds scholarships for students, professional development grants for faculty and staff and programmatic equipment for the College.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1993
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Paul A. McCraven
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community & Economic Development Consultant
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The Gateway Community College Foundation assists the College in expanding its services to students, enhancing academic instruction and investing in Connecticut’s future. It advocates for the College and creates nurturing partnerships with businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the community. It also provides necessary resources that enable the College to carry out its mission of providing high-quality instruction and comprehensive services in an environment conducive to learning. The Foundation funds scholarships for students, professional development grants for faculty and staff and programmatic equipment for the College.

Background

The Gateway Community College Foundation, Inc., (GCCF) incorporated in 1993, is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to support Gateway Community College (GCC) and its mission. The GCCF Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from Greater New Haven's business, education, financial and arts communities, who donate their time and expertise to support the college through fund-raising events, activities and initiatives. Money raised by the GCCF funds student scholarships, helps purchase state-of-the-art classroom equipment and materials and provides professional development opportunities for college educators and personnel. Standing Board of Directors Committees include Finance, Scholarship, Nominating, and Development.

Gateway Community College is a public community college located in New Haven, Conn., one of the nation's poorest cities. It provides residents and businesses of Greater New Haven and beyond with innovative educational programs and social and cultural opportunities at its new state-of-the-art downtown New Haven campus, which opened in September 2012. GCC serves as the point of entry for many students who might otherwise find educational pursuits beyond their reach. It offers more than 90 associate degree and certificate programs and serves over 11,000 credit and non-credit students annually. GCC is the largest of Connecticut’s community colleges and was named the 44th fastest-growing community college in the United States. The college's location in a large urban center results in a high number of first-generation college students and individuals traditionally underrepresented in higher education. GCC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission of Institutions of Higher Education.

 

Impact

         Three to five accomplishments from past year:

1.  We had a committee of more than 50 dedicated people review scholarship applications and we awarded 178 scholarships totaling over $100,000.
2.  We held our 11th Annual Donor/Scholar Luncheon at the end of the Spring 2019 semester attended by 270 donors and scholarship recipients.
3.  On October 17th, we held our 22nd Annual Hall of Fame event, which was supported by our full Board, led by Ruby H. Melton, and raised the most event dollars and scholarship dollars ever.
4. This year's Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) grant went to underwrite a three tiered heating/cooling and lighting program.  We received 100% tax credit offering.  We celebrate following contributors: United Illuminating, Suzio York Hill Construction Company, Webster Bank and KeyBank. 
 
 
Three to five goals for current year:  1) Increase fundraising for support of all students as Gateway is the largest Connecticut Community College and our students are the neediest.  Two-thirds of students receive some type of financial aid. 2) Launch the Family Economic Security Program Advisory Board in 2020.  Continue to raise funds for the Family Economic Security Program as this successful program continues to grow.  3) Increase visibility of the Gateway Community College Foundation through enhanced print, online, and social media marketing strategies. 4) With our new grant writer, increase the number of grant proposals submitted on behalf of the College in support of our students. 

Needs
1. Increase the number of funds raised for scholarships for deserving Gateway students.  
2. Raise additional scholarship dollars for Gateway's Family Economic Security (FESP), which has an amazing 82% retention rate of its student participants (retention is enrollment from one semester to the next semester).
3. Increase funding to the Helping Hands program which provides short-term emergency assistance to Gateway students experiencing issues that threaten their ability to continue their education.  Note: funding is not paid to the student but directly to the identified need.
4. Raise additional funds to support energy conservation expenses for Gateway's LEED Gold Campus.
5. Many of Gateway's students deal with food insecurity issues on a daily basis.  Even with a mobile food pantry that comes on campus once a month, students still need additional resources to combat hunger. 
Board Chair Statement

I am honored and excited to serve as the Gateway Community College Foundation Board Chair. Since I have joined the Foundation Board in 2009, I have seen first hand the importance of the Foundation's work and its impact on Gateway Community College students during a time of remarkable growth and consequent need.

 

I begin my tenure as Board Chair with pride for all that the GCC Foundation Board has accomplished on behalf of the students, faculty, and staff. Without the dedication of the GCC Foundation and its generous sponsors and donors, it would not have been possible to raise funds for scholarships, new equipment, academic enhancements, and professional development opportunities that have benefitted the GCC community. While I am grateful and proud of the work we do, I assume this chairmanship with a vision for greater growth and impact and, therefore, greater commitment.

 

There are so many ways to support the GCC Foundation in its mission. As the economy continues to create economic challenges, we must reach higher and dig deeper to provide support where it is most needed, confident that an investment in Gateway Community College is an investment in the economic future of individual students and the region.
 

Gateway Community College is the largest of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges, and its students have the greatest need. Almost 70% of our students rely on financial aid, grants, and scholarship support. This makes the work of the GCC Foundation and its generous donors even more crucial, as we provide critical support to Gateway students as they pursue their path toward higher education and a rewarding career. 


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Single Organization Support
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Gateway Community College attracts students from cities and towns across Connecticut, in particular communities in South Central Connecticut, Greater New Haven, and the city of New Haven.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
In September 2012, Gateway Community College consolidated its two campuses (Long Wharf and North Haven) to its award-winning LEED Gold certified state-of-the-art $198 million campus. Only one program -- Automotive Technology -- remains in North Haven.
 
 
The Gateway Community College Foundation has no paid staff. Mary Ellen Cody, Dean of Development and Community Partnerships and a paid Gateway Community College staff member, serves as the liaison between the College and the Gateway Community College Foundation Board, all of whom are volunteers.
Programs
Description
Gateway Community College Foundation raises funds to award scholarships to eligible GCC students.
Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
In 2017, the Gateway Community College Foundation made available over $100,000 in scholarship assistance to qualified Gateway Community College students.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The scholarship program continues to help academically qualified Gateway Community College students, especially those who are economically challenged, remain in school and complete their educations. It is the goal of the Gateway Community College Foundation to continue to grow the number of available scholarships, including endowed scholarships, annual-funded scholarships, and Hall of Fame scholarships. Hall of Fame is the Foundation's largest scholarship fundraiser of year held every fall. Since more than two-thirds of GCC students receive some sort of public or private financial aid, the need for additional scholarship assistance is dramatic.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The program's success is measured by the amount of money raised/awarded for financial assistance and the number of scholarships offered to/received by qualified applicants annually.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
As stated above, over $100,000 in scholarship assistance was offered in 2017.
Description Gateway Community College’s Family Economic Security Program (FESP) is tailored to the needs of low-income students, offering career, financial, personal, and academic support for students through certificate and/or degree completion. Participants benefit from one-on-one coaching, professional development workshops, scholarships, networking skills, and early course registration. Cultural enrichment activities and campus family events are also coordinated to round out the experience.
Population Served Adults / At-Risk Populations / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
Gateway Community College Foundation established the Helping Hands Fund to provide short-term assistance to students facing emergency situations that may interfere with their ability to remain in/complete their college education.
Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
Gateway Community College Foundation established a program to which GCC faculty and staff can apply for underwriting of professional development opportunities related to their job responsibilities.
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description
Gateway Community College Foundation sponsors various special events to raise funds for the other programs listed. The two largest of these special events is the annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception and the Chefs Of Our Kitchen (C.O.O.K) series for scholarships.
Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Jan 2019
Email mcody@gatewayct.edu
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 120
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments The Gateway Community College Foundation has no paid staff. Mary Ellen Cody, dean of Development and Community Partnerships and a paid GCC staff member, serve as the liaison between the College and the GCCF Board, all of whom are volunteers.
Board Chair
Paul A. McCraven
Company Affiliation Community & Economic Development Consultant
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Helene AugustineWells Fargo
Thomas Beirne IIIHalsey Associates
H. Richard Borer Jr.Easter Seals Goodwill Industries
Hiram BrettBrett Associates
Althea Marshall BrooksWaterbury Bridge to Success Community
Daniel Caron
Kevin DoughertyPeople's United Bank
John EmraAT&T
Linda FitzgeraldCrown World Wide
Sally GlickChamber Insurance Trust
Lindy Lee GoldState of CT, Dept of Econ & Com Dev
Peter D. GraebBeers, Hammerman, Cohen & Burger, PC, CPAs
Thomas Griggs Jr.International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Allen HadelmanHadley, Inc.
Roberta HoskieOutreach Realty
LaKisha JordanKeyBank
Mimi LinesRobinson + Cole
Wilson LunaRetired, Gateway CC
Ruby Melton
Nicolas Phillips
Linda Randell
Pedro SotoSpace-Craft Manufacturing
Susan Stone
Holly WheelerCarmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey
Ena WilliamsYale New Haven Hospital
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Co-Chair
Paul McCraven
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Email mccraven60@aol.com
Standing Committees
Finance
Nominating
Scholarship
Executive
Board Governance
Marketing
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2020
Projected Revenue $308,454.80
Projected Expenses $269,700.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,032,706$2,046,222$1,927,257
Current Assets$935,780$839,311$899,049
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$20,000$800$21,599
Total Net Assets$2,012,706$2,045,422$1,905,658
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWells Fargo Foundation $60,000Webster Bank $28,805 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,500Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation $12,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFrederick A DeLuca Foundation $27,000Wells Fargo Bank $10,000 --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

If additional/unspent funds remain in the GCCF budget at the end of a fiscal (calendar) year, the GCCF Board usually votes to use those funds to award additional scholarships to eligible GCC students.

 

In 2010, the GCCF launched a campaign to raise funds for furniture, fixtures and programmatic-related costs/equipment for the new downtown campus, which opened to students in August 2012. Therefore, in the 2010 and 2011 financial reports, revenues appear much higher than the associated expenses. That is because revenue reflects the funds raised during the campaign, but not the transfer of those funds to GCC. Additionally, donors -- particularly major donors -- who make/made gifts during the campaign can choose to pay their gifts over a period of up to five years. The full amounts of the gifts, however, are credited to the year in which tehey were made.

Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 285-2296
Contact Email mcody@gatewayct.edu
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Paul A. McCraven
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community & Economic Development Consultant

 

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