The American River College Office of Philanthropy, with the support of the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, works to enhance, promote and support American River College and its centers through engaging employees, the community, alumni, emeriti, and friends. The office manages and supports all fundraising efforts for the college.
When You Give, We Give Back
Your philanthropic gift makes an impact at American River College. Giving to the Office of Philanthropy is about connecting our donor's areas of interest to key initiatives of college and community life, whether your philanthropic interest is funding student scholarships, providing resources for the STEM Capital Campaign, helping our veterans receive an education, supporting our student-athletes, or advocating for arts education. Your gift will benefit students, faculty, and the community, not only at this moment in time, but will also have a lasting impact into the future.
Thank you for considering a gift to American River College. 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.
American River College students depend upon the financial support of generous individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community. Here are a few important reasons why you should consider giving to ARC:
- For many people, the possibility of a better life begins at a community college. Our full-time students have an annual median income of $16,223; 25% make less than $5,544 per year. For many of our students, they could not continue their education without an ARC scholarship.
- ARC educates the workforce of our region with award-winning programs, providing a mixture of professionals, paraprofessionals, trained employees, and more. American River College is integral to sustaining an educated workforce - both as an entry point to the job market and as a launching pad for students to pursue 4-year degrees and professions.
- Rising costs and quickly changing technology challenge ARC's ability to keep programs and instructional equipment up to date. Our students need access to current technology, to ensure they are ready to move right into the workplace.
- 98% of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. require some post-secondary education or training. Many in our community will not have access to that education or training without your support.
- State and local funds and bonds do not meet all student needs. It is private support that plays a vital role in filling the gaps left by state funding
"We want to create opportunities for students who are motivated to achieve their goals."
Greg and Kim Chamberlain, donors
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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 $500 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.
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.
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.
There are a variety of planned giving opportunities for you to choose from; please visit the Los Rios Colleges Foundation website for details and sample language. American River College does have a Majestic Oak Society for planned gift donors.
You would like to support American River College, through a planned gift, in the easiest way possible. A bequest may be a specific sum, a percentage, or the residue of an estate, and may consist of cash, securities, insurance proceeds, real estate, and/or personal property. A bequest may be made through a will or by a living trust.
- Assets distributed according to your wishes
- Estate tax savings
- Bypass capital gain.
- For donors who have included the college in their wills, we offer the recognition of your support through participation in the Majestic Oak Society
To leave a Bequest to American River College in your will, you need the following information:
- Full legal name of beneficiary: Los Rios Colleges Foundation
- Mailing address: 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864-4286
- Tax identification number: 94-2506591 (Los Rios Colleges Foundation)
Bequests can take various forms, and it is easy to add a charitable bequest to your will. You and your attorney can add a simple codicil that will accomplish the task. Two sample clauses that can be incorporated into your will are presented for your use:
The type of bequest that is most appropriate for your situation can best be determined in consultation with your attorney and financial advisor.
Once you determine your personal goals, our staff can help you design a personal gift program that can have a lasting impact upon the future of education at ARC.
Director of Donor Relations
Donor Relations Specialist
Monday - Friday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Office Location: Administration Building
American River College raises funds through the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization serving all Los Rios community colleges (American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City). Your donation is tax deductible to the extent permissible under law. The fair market value of any benefits provided in return for a contribution may affect a portion of the gift which is the tax deductible. Donations should be made to "Los Rios Colleges Foundation." Federal Tax ID: 94-2506591.
The American River College President's Circle is a giving community designed to support innovative college programs while also connecting, engaging and honoring the college's generous donors. President Thomas Greene has established these series of events and activities for supporters who provide gifts totaling $1,000 or more annually. Past events have included: "Boots and Brews" with Country Recording Artist Jeremy McComb and ARC's Permanent Art Collection Reception and Show, Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 5:30 to 7:00 pm | ARC's James Kaneko Art Gallery. Check back for the 2019-2020 President's Circle events schedule.
Funds from this unique giving circle support college activities, projects and needs that do not have access to other financial resources and which provide seed money for innovation and prudent risk-taking in programs and services.
ARC's math and science department gave me a solid academic foundation that was essential to my success as a transfer student at UC Davis and as a medical student. The professors understood the rigorous curriculum that transfer students would need to be able to handle upon starting at their respective 4 year institutions. They built a curriculum that emphasized problem-solving skills that would extend beyond the courses being taught and showed genuine interest in the success of their students. ARC offered me valuable access to STEM resources including study rooms (Science building, MESA), tutoring opportunities where I was able to tutor students in both financial accounting (with professor Ardans) as well as Chemistry (with professor Wheaton), clubs to participate in (AMSA, Phi Theta Kappa), as well as access to information regarding extracurricular activities, (such as volunteer activities, internships). I can say without a doubt, that the education and mentorship I received at ARC is the reason why my dream of becoming a surgeon is now a reality within my reach.
Alumni - Tell Us Your Story
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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.