Who We Are
The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) public foundation organized exclusively for the purpose of supporting higher education in connection with Southwestern Oregon Community College.
The Foundation was incorporated in 1962 and has assets of approximately $3 million, including endowments, temporarily restricted funds and unrestricted funds. A volunteer Board of Trustees leads the Foundation and assets are managed by a team of financial professionals.
The Foundation is actively involved in engaging charitable contributions and long-term gift-giving to support:
- scholarships for our students
- the arts
- college construction projects
- academic excellence and programs
These volunteers give their time and talent to benefit the communities of the college district and individuals of all ages who engage in the programs the college provides.
Visions High School Art Competition
The Southwestern Foundation supports the expansion of the campus’ permanent art collection in collaboration with the Coos Art Museum. Through the Visions art program, the museum and Foundation sponsor a competition among high school students in southwestern Oregon. The event promotes the arts with purchase award and two-year SWOCC tuition waivers for the three top artists. The winning pieces are added to the Foundation’s permanent collection and displayed in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and in offices throughout campus.
For a limited number of years, the Foundation partnered with the Coos Art Museum on the Expressions West juried exhibition featuring the works of hundreds of painters throughout the western United States. The Foundation acquired the top three pieces of art for display in the lobby of the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute building on Southwestern’s Coos Bay campus.