About Foundation

Purpose

Advance the work of Cypress College.

Mission

Enhance educational excellence by securing resources and promoting public awareness of Cypress College.

Where the Money Goes

The Cypress College Foundation provides financial support for:

  • Student Scholarships/Emergency Assistance/Book Grants & Loans: $350,000 per year
  • Faculty Grants: Over 200 faculty awards and mini-grants have been made by the Foundation
  • Special Programs: Basic Skills Initiative, STEM Grants, Library Textbook Collection
  • Facility Projects: Mortuary Science, Photo Gallery, Theater Lobby
  • Endowment: Endowment funds have grown to $3 million

Where the Money Comes From

The Cypress College Foundation funds its support of the college from:

  • Special Events: Americana Awards and Golf Classic
  • Annual Support: President’s Circle, Pull for Cypress, Spring for Cypress
  • Special Gifts: Includes naming opportunities and scholarships
  • Planned Gifts: Includes bequests, annuities, trusts, and related programs
  • Legacy Society Membership Available
  • Grants: Private foundations and corporations
  • Direct Mail: Scholarship and other solicitations
  • Cypress College: Provides a portion of Executive Director salary
  • Investment Earnings: $2.8 million currently invested

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Americana Awards is Cypress College’s signature event, attracting 500 – 700 guests. Past Americana recipients include: Carl Karcher, Marion Knott, Gene Autry, Tommy Lasorda, Trevor Hoffman, and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Sponsorship levels include: Title Sponsorship at $25,000, Platinum at $20,000, Patriot at $10,000, Founder at $5,000, Benefactor at $3,000, and Patron at $2,000. Other sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000 – $10,000 are available as part of the Cypress College Golf Classic, held at SeaCliff Country Club. Sponsors are well-publicized, acknowledged prominently and featured in college and event literature. Donors may also sponsor or endow a student scholarship.

Book Loans

The Cypress College Foundation is able to offer interest-free short-term loans to assist with paying for textbooks. To be considered for a book loan:

  • You must have completed at least 3 units at Cypress College to qualify for a book loan.
  • You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • You must NOT have previously been late in repaying a loan from the Foundation or defaulted on a loan from the Foundation or any other campus organization.
  • Excessive academic holds or class withdrawals will be sufficient reason to deny a book loan.
  • The loan must be repaid during the same semester.

Submit an application via our book loan portal to be eligible to receive a loan. The Foundation office will respond to your application via email within two business days. If approved, you will be required to come to the Foundation Office to fill out a promissory note and go over the terms of the loan.

Naming Opportunities

There are various naming opportunities available to acknowledge other significant contributions. One’s name may be attached to a facility, a program, or a scholarship award.

Special Gifts

Many opportunities exist to assist the students of Cypress College by making a special gift to particular disciplines, departments, divisions, or any of the other myriad college programs. Contact the Cypress College Foundation for more details.

Community Relations

The Foundation manages the college’s relationship with business, government, community organizations, and with the community in general.