Hinds Community College Foundation
Education is the gift that continues to give for generations. By giving to the Hinds Community College Foundation, you are providing needed assistance to our students through scholarships, to our faculty and staff through our employee recognition programs, and to the communities in which we serve. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible and are needed and appreciated, regardless of size.
Giving to our college is an investment that pays dividends for years to come!
Who We Are
Established in 1979, the Foundation seeks to enhance the educational mission of Hinds Community College by providing a means for private sector support and by increasing community awareness of the programs and services offered by the college. The Foundation is a separate tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation governed by an executive director and a board of directors made up of 30 community leaders dedicated to advancing the college and its students through private support.
What We Do
The Foundation administers almost 600 funds for student scholarships, faculty and staff development, college organizations, college departments, alumni chapters, and other special projects. These funds are as diverse as the mission of the college and the students we serve. Securing and awarding scholarships is our top priority, which is evident through more than 700 scholarships that are awarded each year to deserving students. The Foundation also administers grants for faculty development and maintains accounts for college entities such as the Hi-Steppers, Art Department, Veterinary Technology, Student Recreation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
How We Do It
The Foundation depends solely on the support of donors. We are one of the few educational foundations that charge no administration fee to secure, manage, and distribute funds and are proud to say that every dollar given is utilized as designated.
Our greatest need is for unrestricted funds in order to meet the most urgent needs of students, faculty/staff, and the overall college as challenges arise. Unrestricted funds allow the Board of Directors the flexibility to support the college’s most pressing needs as prioritized on an annual basis.
Some of the key projects that are currently supported by unrestricted funds are:
- 9 annual scholarships named in honor of individuals who have contributed greatly to the college
- Administering the annual Employee Recognition Program
- Administrative support (personnel, supplies, travel, annual audit of funds, etc.)
- Monetary donations to various community organization and worthwhile causes which support key community agencies
Since 1987, the annual Golf Fun Fest has been the largest Foundation sponsored fundraising event for unrestricted funds. This event is held each year in April at Eagle Ridge Golf Course.
“It is truly an honor for me to be a part of the Foundation. Thanks to the generous gifts of our donors, we have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life every day. In this we create a family out of the connections between donors, students, and college employees.
Every day is like Christmas morning as we get to witness a student’s reaction when they receive a scholarship. For so many it is the only way they can attend college. We are also able to see the satisfaction on the donor’s face when they meet their student, knowing that they played a role in making an education possible. Another highlight is recognizing and rewarding our outstanding employees for the job they do in molding students’ lives.
Every gift, no matter the size, is important to us as we try to help students better themselves, their families, and our communities.
Thank you for sharing your blessings with strangers who through your act of kindness may be able to have a better and more successful life.”