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Your support is an integral part of our students' success every year. We encourage you to make a gift to the area of ARC that is most meaningful to you. Choose the method that's right for you to make a tax-deductible contribution. Explore current giving opportunities.

ARC Fund

Annual giving represents the backbone of public and private colleges. At ARC, annual gifts provide ongoing support for departments and programs through the Office of Philanthropy Innovation Grants program. Since 2002, more than $800,000 in grant support has been awarded to ARC faculty, staff and students for needs that can't be met with public funds. Annual Fund contributions provide the Office of Philanthropy with crucial, flexible funding to enrich student life, respond to emerging opportunities, and fund the Office of Philanthropy’s operations.

These gifts — no matter the size — make a real impact. Your philanthropic support of the ARC Fund today will continue to build and sustain American River College’s growth for years to come.

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STEM Center Capital Campaign

American River College's STEM Innovation Center

To ensure that ARC's facilities are well positioned to provide the workforce to support our region's growth, ARC has embarked on a campaign to build a state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Center to help train and create a skilled STEM workforce. The three-story, 57,000 square foot building will provide critically needed infrastructure, contemporary classrooms, and laboratory spaces, which are essential for 21st century teaching and learning. 

Funding for construction of the building has already been secured. However, it is the technology and equipment that will go inside the new building that will make the real difference because it will allow students to gain hands-on experience using the same cutting-edge tools they will encounter at high-tech employers. This experiential learning will ensure that Sacramento's students have access to the highest quality, affordable and most up-to-date STEM education available. The completion of this project will create a hallmark STEM program in the region that cements its place as a first-choice institution.  

Design elements will provide shared, flexible and movable space and labs for programs and disciplines that include Business & Computer Science, Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics and Engineering.  

A Campaign to Invest in Knowledge and Build Sacramento's Future  

The total cost of the new STEM building is $32.5 million. The vast majority of funding has been secured through bond financing earmarked for STEM modernization projects. But these dollars will not cover the costs of the critical program and learning components that will make our program state-of-the art. Therefore, we are fundraising for equipment and technology not ordinarily available to community college students - investments that will transform the STEM building into an ultramodern learning environment, on par with some of the best college and university STEM facilities in the state.  

Groundbreaking began in fall 2018 on a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building at American River College. The 57,000 sq. ft. three-story building will replace the Liberal Arts Wing that has existed at the college since the 1960s.

ARC has launched a major fundraising effort for STEM Innovation and 21st Century Science. This campaign has raised nearly 80% of the goal of  $2.5M in private support. Private funding will be used to enhance the construction with industry lighting, technology and lab equipment. 

Please see the floorplans (PDF document) for commemorative naming opportunities. Donor wall naming starts at $2500 and all gifts can be pledged over five years. For more information on commemorative naming opportunities, events and activities associated with this major effort, please check back here for the latest.

Enjoy an online virtual reality walk-through of the facility.

To donate to this effort, please visit our online donations page. For more information contact:

Kirsten DuBray
Director of Donor Relations
Office of Philanthropy at or 916-484-8175

Create a Scholarship

While fees at ARC are less than those at state and private universities, the cost of books, supplies, and transportation are essentially the same. The average estimated cost for a student living at home is $4,100 a year for tuition, books and supplies. Because so many students rely on scholarships to help them pursue their academic goals, the greatest share of funding administered by the Office of Philanthropy is in the form of scholarships.

Scholarships provide funds to ARC students who are continuing for their second year or transferring to a four-year institution. A named scholarship can be created for $1,000 a year. The donor can select the criteria and meet the student recipient(s).

Scholarship assistance gives you an opportunity to enhance the life of a deserving American River College student. Scholarships have been established through the generosity of businesses, associations and individuals. These scholarships reward student achievement, encourage student leadership and accomplishment, and provide needed financial assistance.

Scholarships have been instituted to honor or remember family, friends or organizations. Some scholarships are created to provide trained professionals in needed fields of study. For whatever reason, financial assistance helps students receive the necessary education to compete in today's world.

Scholarship Establishment Form PDF


An endowment is an income-generating account, whose principal is untouched.  Endowments have the advantage of providing funds for specified need (scholarship, equipment and supplies) in perpetuity, but do require a minimum investment of $10,000. The Office of Philanthropy currently manages over 50 endowments totally more than $1,000,000.


  • Exist in perpetuity
  • May be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor
  • Ensure enduring support for the college, its students and faculty
  • Minimum of $10,000 to fund an endowment
  • Pooled with other similar funds for investment purposes in accordance with the Finance Policy
  • Annual payout can fund scholarships, equipment and supplies, a faculty or staff position or a myriad of other opportunities to support the college

When the principal of the endowment reaches the specified amount (normally $10,000) or more, the endowment will be activated, and the annual payout will be used to fund the donor's specified area of interest.

Investment of the principal of each endowment will be handled in accordance with the Los Rios Investment Policies, with the goal of achieving maximum earnings.

Endowment Establishment Guidelines PDF

Endowed Fund Memorandum of Agreement PDF

Remembering and Commemorating Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts are a thoughtful way to honor a friend, relative or former ARC colleague by providing meaningful support to the college. Donations in memory of ARC faculty and staff often become endowed scholarships in their name. Memorial funds can be designated for scholarships or direct funding for departments on campus.

The Office of Philanthropy can assist with creating memorial cards for to provide to friends and family for memorial gifts in lieu of flowers. Memorial gifts are collected and the family is consulted to determine their interests in how best to utilize the memorial gifts to honor their loved one.

    Planned Giving Opportunities

    Transform lives and the Sacramento region through education for generations to come, while furthering your philanthropic, financial, and estate planning goals.

    Make a Planned Gift