History of the Foundation

Barton Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves as the charitable arm of Barton Community College. Its purpose is to partner with donors to invest in Barton Community College students, faculty and programs to build stronger communities and a better Kansas.

Since 1967, the Foundation has received donations from friends of the College who share our vision for a better-trained workforce and academic excellence which will meet the desire of each individual student as they pursue their educational goals. Thanks to these friends, we have been able to fund student scholarships, provide seed money for innovative educational and capital projects, and purchase equipment or fund renovations needed to help the College keep the structures and classrooms up to date. We have a unique art gallery that brings many out of town guests to our campus and community and our donors continue to support this by their gifts and encouragement. In short, gifts to the Foundation have played a key role in helping Barton Community College strengthen communities and contribute to the economic development of Kansas.

Business and community leaders comprise a 15-member Board of Directors. This Board approves all Foundation programs and is responsible for applying the principles of good stewardship to Foundation assets. They individually serve on activities to be involved in the Academic Enrichment Fund, Big Benefit Auction, Sporting Clay Shoot, Financial Planning, Nominating and Planned Giving committees.

Much of what the College will be in the future, however, depends on the generosity of individuals who recognize that Barton Community College is a critical resource for workforce and economic throughout our seven county service area. Such individuals enable the Barton Community College Foundation to offer students the financial assistance they need to pursue their educational and career goals. Gifts to the Foundation also help provide the technology and physical resources necessary to deliver a well-educated and well-trained workforce. The Foundation enjoys showing appreciation to those individuals who have made gifts through charitable gift annuities, trusts, and other giving arrangements to benefit Barton Community College now and in the future or who have made provision for the Foundations in their wills.


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