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: 


   

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.

Mark Wall

Mark Wall

Chairman

Roseburg Resources Co.

Judy Ann Mogan

Judy Ann Mogan

Vice Chair

My Yarn Shop

Donna Nichols

Donna Nichols

Treasurer

Jordan Cove LNG

Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn Thompson

Secretary

Carolyn D. Thompson, CPA LLC

Suzy Callery

Suzy Callery

Retired Educator

Dr. John Flaxel

Dr. John Flaxel

Bay Eye Clinic

Retired
Dr. Patti Gates, O.D.

Dr. Patti Gates, O.D.

Coos Bay Vision Center

Optometrist
Caddy McKeown

Caddy McKeown

House District 9

State Representative
Terri Porcaro

Terri Porcaro

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park

General Manager
James Turner

James Turner

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Arnie Roblan

Arnie Roblan

Senate District 5

State Senator
Jim Young

Jim Young

Oregon Department of Forestry

Retired
   

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.

Expressions West

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.