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Supporting the Margin of Excellence

How the Office of Philanthropy supports the college

The Office of Philanthropy provides annual financial assistance in the form of a grants program to help faculty and staff improve student learning. The Innovation grants may be used to buy equipment and supplies, or help support research, coursework or other activities directly related to the college's educational mission. Priority is given to projects or activities that were not funded in the previous year.


Since 2001, over $750,000 has been awarded to support the following projects at ARC.


  • Staff Breakroom facelift

Behavioral & Social Sciences

  • Anthropology display cases (video)
  • Digital projector and cart for Legal Assisting
  • Laptop and projector for multimedia presentations
  • Model UN Competition

Business & Computer Science

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Center for Teaching & Learning

  • Video/Data Projector
  • Collateral for events

Classified Senate

  • Program for Classified Staff development


  • Transfer Student Success Activity
  • Celebration of Excellence and Achievement
  • Umoja-Sakhu Learning Community
  • Re-entry book  award


  • Distinguished Writers Series
  • Grammar Bowl II, IV, V & VI
  • Puente Project Speaker: Gary Soto
  • American River Review Printing
  • Literacy Project with Sacramento Public Library
  • STEP Program
  • Color printer & Adobe CS3 software
  • Summer Creative Writing Colloquium Keynote Speaker
  • World Music Festival/Global Village
  • Writing Center Marketing Project
  • Native American Resource Center Expansion
  • Pow Wow Drum
  • Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver software
  • Letterpress collaborative
  • American River Review Literary Magazine

Financial Aid

  • Furniture for Financial Aid Lobby

Fine & Applied Arts

  • Portable "English Wheel" for metal shaping
  • "Paper Angel" drama production
  • Bassoon for Symphonic, Concert bands & Orchestra
  • Awning for Kaneko Gallery
  • Kaneko Gallery Student Internships
  • Online digital archive
  • Ceramic murals across campus
  • Artist Lecture Series "Funk and Figure"
  • Culinary Arts Garden
  • Student Culinary Competition
  • Microphones for ARC Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • ARC Chamber Orchestra Apprenticeship Program
  • ARC Latin Jazz Ensemble Residency
  • Summer Jazz Workshop
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble recording project
  • Concert grand piano
  • 3 Performing Arts Murals
  • Andy Warhol Catalog and framing
  • Tuba for Symphonic & Concert bands
  • Artwork for permanent art collection
  • Dress Forms Fashion Design
  • Mentorship opportunity for instrument performers
  • Photography lecture series
  • Tour of San Francisco music conservatories
  • "Primarily A Capella" vocal jazz CD
  • Wine crush and bottling

Health & Education

  • Computer with pulmonary function testing & ECG software
  • Paramedic PMED program
  • Computer and software for Respiratory Care
  • Digital video equipment
  • Kitchen equipment for Nutrition program
  • Blood pressure measurement equipment
  • Off-campus teaching sites for Paramedic program
  • Anti-Bias Education Teaching Collection
  • 2 digital cameras, memory stick and batteries
  • 15 body fat analyzers


  • Multimedia Resources for ESL Center
  • Equipment to teach multimedia journalism
  • Orientation Materials for ESL students
  • Laptop computers
  • Books for ESL lending library
  • Sign Language and interpretation prep lab
  • Diversity Center
  • Document projector

Kinesiology & Athletics

  • Portable dance floor
  • Documentation software
  • Laptops for football athletes
  • Pop up dummies for football
  • "Waterboy" water system
  • Heat press machine
  • Baseball batting cage turf
  • Dusty Baker Student Athlete Resource Center
  • Medical documentation equipment
  • Cross Country winner jackets
  • Football championship fan towels
  • Body Composition analyzer
  • Uniforms for track team
  • Soccer scoreboard

Learning Resource Center

  • ARC tutorial services collateral materials
  • Reading Center website with interactive Videos
  • ARC Think Tank
  • Writing center marking project


  • Low vision reader


  • Howard Hall handicap door
  • Calculator loan program
  • Mathematics Online Teaching & Resources "MOTAR"
  • SMART board

Natomas Center

  • National Science Lab in Natomas
  • Headphones for LRC
  • The Nato Zone support center
  • WAC and RAD funding

Science & Engineering

  • Museum display cabinet
  • Physics conference
  • Freezer for Biology
  • Biology & ECE collaborative project (kids and nature)
  • Biotech Summer Lab
  • Chemistry Consultant
  • Leica Geosystems Image Processing Software
  • DVD/VCR players
  • Ormon body fat analyzers & batteries
  • Student study area for physics and engineering
  • Arcade Creek Restoration Project
  • Video library
  • NCNAAPT Spring meeting

Student Services

  • Personal Safety/Self Defense program
  • Central Valley Connection College Campus Tours
  • Laptop Software for the PUENTE program
  • Re-Entry book awards
  • "The Spot" Volunteer corps
  • Learning Disabilities Assessment tools
  • LiveScribe SmartPen Project for Disabled Student Programs and Services
  • Student Services Lobby enhancement
  • Technology Improvement for DSP&S conference room, Re-Entry/Veterans Center
  • Student Services Retreat
  • Digital document photography program
  • Adaptive technology
  • Tour of college campus for EOPS staff retreat

Technical Education

  • Clean Diesel Run Stand
  • Robotic Equipment and state fair projects
  • Specialized hand tools and telecommunication test equipment
  • Vineyard for Horticulture
  • Plant Material & Mother bed
  • Wine crush and bottling
  • Student Emergency Fund
  • Hexapod Walker kit for infrared vision kits