The Middlesex Community College Foundation (MCCF) was created in 1988 as a 501 c (3) to enlist private sector support "in furtherance of the educational and charitable purposes of Middlesex Community College." It is the vehicle for fundraising from individuals, corporations, small businesses and private foundations.
Massachusetts community colleges have traditionally relied on state appropriations to supplement their tuition and fee structure. But, the difficult reality of unrelenting budget shortfalls and the public policy commitment to controlling tuition and fees has affirmed the need to seek alternate funding sources to provide the college with the funds and flexibility to further its mission.
Since 1988, The MCC Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, the proceeds of the college's annual Celebrity Forum, Annual Fund, and other programs and campaigns.
The MCC Foundation now provides administration and funding for:
- Scholarships to assist MCC students
- The Historic Nesmith House in Lowell
- The MCC Meetinghouse on Concord Road near the Bedford Campus
- The annual MCC Celebrity Forum
- Annual Fund Grants to staff and faculty
- Selected special activities, such as MCC's Night at the Lowell Spinners
The MCC Foundation Board:
- James W. Henderson, Chair
- Lois A. Alves
- Robert A. Barton
- David Basile
- John P. Chemaly
- William J. Chemelli
- John Cogliano, Jr.
- Carole A. Cowan, Ed.D.
- Samir Desai
- James M. Geary, Jr.
- David Grieb
- Eric (Rick) W. Hanson
- Abbey L. Henderson
- Lura Smith
- Duane Taylor