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a passion for learning

Your legacy for Palm Beach County

A great college

makes a great community

Florida’s first public community college is now the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County.

+ 52,000

students With four locations and annually, Palm Beach State College is not only the next step for nearly half of the college-bound seniors in our county’s public schools, it’s also the career launch pad for many professionals in our community. Palm Beach State offers four-year degree programs to support the growing demands of our community, with Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Supervision and Management and Information Management.

Palm Beach State trains the professionals you depend on to maintain your quality of life today and builds the workforce of tomorrow. The majority of the county’s police officers, firefighters, nurses and EMTs received their training at Palm Beach State.

And that’s just the beginning. The College also is a resource for continuing education, cultural arts and online learning programs. Palm Beach State is the truest definition of a college committed to its community. It provides an affordable quality education to local students who, in turn, become vital members of the community, enhancing the lives of everyone – including you!

Over 90 percent of our associate in arts graduates successfully move on to a bachelor’s degree program. “My criminal justice classes were hands-on courses, taught by practicing law enforcement officers. Having instructors with that kind of background gave me a distinct advantage in my training. My education at the College made me stand out from my colleagues and was the steppingstone for my future career path. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my degree from PBJC.”

Al Lamberti Broward County Sheriff , A.S., Palm Beach Junior College, 1977

How your gift to education

can profoundly affect our community

When you give to the Palm Beach State College Foundation, your gift extends far beyond the dollar amount on a check. It builds momentum and grows exponentially. A single scholarship can

change an entire family’s future.

Gifts can expand with matching funds from government and other granting organizations. An endowment can create a scholarship, support faculty, launch a new program or enhance an existing program.

“As a single mother, I have struggled to make ends meet while trying to provide my children the life I never had. The scholarship from the Palm Beach State College Foundation not only lifted my spirits, it also eased my financial burden, allowing me to focus on attaining my degree. That generosity has inspired me to help others, be a better person and give back to my community.”

Nikki Connors Palm Beach State College Student

The Palm Beach State College Foundation:

putting your dollars to work

Why does Palm Beach State College need a Foundation?

We are tax-assisted, not tax-supported. Funding from the state has consistently decreased over the years. We depend on private support to maintain – and grow – the depth and breadth of education we provide. The Foundation’s role is to seek out community partners – individuals, foundations and area businesses – who understand the value and contributions of a college of this scope and purpose.

There are so many different ways you can make an incredible impact on our community by supporting the educational needs of our students.

Your tax-deductible contribution can: • Provide scholarships for students • Provide funding for new academic programs • Purchase equipment and computers for ongoing programs • Enhance the quality of education and student life at Palm Beach State



The Annual Fund Your ongoing support makes a difference every day


he Annual Fund is the lifeblood of the Palm Beach State College Foundation, providing a steady source of revenue. Donors who contribute to the annual fund automatically become a member of a giving club, which offers a series of benefits. An annual fund or club gift can be earmarked for a specific purpose or used for the area of greatest need as determined by the College.

President’s Club

Provost’s Club

$5,000 - $9,999

$1,000 - $4,999

• Prominent name placement on a roster at all four campus locations • Invitation to an annual recognition event with the College president, Foundation executive director, and philanthropic peers • Invitation to all special events

• Prominent name placement on a roster at all four campus locations • Invitation to annual recognition event with College administrators

Dean’s Club $500 - $999 • Name placement on a roster at all four campus locations

Major Gifts Establishing your legacy, creating new opportunities




Naming Opportunities

Major gifts may be granted for a specific purpose: an academic program, scholarship or capital needs. By partnering with the Foundation, you can designate where and how your contribution is best utilized.

You can commemorate a friend, family member, organization or yourself with a permanent display of our gratitude at any of the College’s campuses. Gifts could fund a classroom, an entire building, or a specific academic program.

aking a major gift to the Palm Beach State College Foundation is a powerful way to show your commitment to education in this community.

Recognition of major donors in public spaces is an important way for the Palm Beach State College Foundation to demonstrate just how much the members of the community support the College.

For more information, contact the Major Gifts Director at (561) 868-3450.

“Supporting Palm Beach State College is close to my heart because this institution offers students the opportunity to achieve a better life at any stage of life. Whether seeking their first degree or their next career, the College provides the curriculum and encouragement to take control of their destiny. With a truly dedicated faculty and the most advanced technology, Palm Beach State College has become a prime resource for success in our community. During the many years I have been involved with the Foundation, I have seen thousands of students fulfill their potential.�

Yvonne S. Boice, Community and business leader and Palm Beach State Foundation board member and donor



Founders SocietyAn&extraordinary Grand Founders Society gift at the highest level


alm Beach County is home to many philanthropists, foundations and organizations whose generosity and benevolence is truly admirable. The Palm Beach State College Foundation has been graced with gifts from such benefactors. We value their commitment and confidence that their contribution is wisely spent.

Founders Society

Grand Founders Society

Honoring single or cumulative gifts of

Honoring single or cumulative gifts of

$100,000 – $499,999

$500,000 or higher

Founders and Grand Founders are honored at a special black tie affair. If you choose to be a Founder/Grand Founder, your name will be permanently showcased on display in the Administration and District Board of Trustees office on the Lake Worth campus.

“Palm Beach State College is an open door to anyone seeking to improve their life through education. Whether desiring vocational or traditional training, they are met by skilled and passionate faculty who encourage students to meet their full potential. I am proud to be a part of that process and help provide opportunities.”

George Elmore, Entrepreneur, Palm Beach State College Foundation board member and donor

Scholarships The power to change lives, the heart of our mission W

hen you provide scholarships to deserving students, you are forever altering their future. It may be one of the most rewarding things you do in your life. You can either name a scholarship or make a contribution to the general scholarship fund. What gives your contribution greater impact is that the state of Florida provides 100 percent direct matching of privately raised contributions when funding is available. For more information, contact the Scholarship Manager at 561-868-3450.



Annual Scholarships These are distributed to students during the same academic year that they are funded, so your dollars are immediately applied to education. Annual contributions over a five-year commitment is all it takes to establish a named scholarship in your or someone else’s honor.

Endowed Scholarships This is a long-term scholarship plan in which your contribution is invested. The interest, earnings and dividends are then used to fund scholarships. To insure longevity, a specific contribution is required to establish this type of scholarship. This type of named scholarship recognition is provided in perpetuity.

“Over my 20 plus years working at Palm Beach State College as a counselor and associate professor, I have witnessed the transforming power that this institution has on the lives of students. The First Generation in College Student Scholarship Fund in particular has special significance for me as a donor. As a donor, I am thrilled to see my contributions fully matched by the State of Florida. My contribution is doubled! And I get some sense of control over where my tax dollars are directed.�

Joanne Patton, Palm Beach State College emeritus faculty and donor



Planned Giving A promise of great benevolence, your gift to future generations


ome of the most important gifts to the Palm Beach State College Foundation have been planned years in advance and contributed posthumously. Some donors choose to make the Foundation a beneficiary in their will. Others have established special trusts/annuities that offer considerable tax advantages while the donor is still living. When you choose to make such an important contribution, the Foundation works with you to ensure your wishes are fulfilled.

Simple Bequests Name the Foundation as a beneficiary in your will.

Charitable Gift Annuities This is a contract between you and the Foundation. You make a one-time irrevocable gift of cash or securities, and the Foundation agrees to pay you a designated amount of income.

Real Estate You donate property which can result in tax savings for the donor and a substantial gift to the Foundation.

There are several different ways you can use Planned Giving to support the Palm Beach State College Foundation while also meeting your needs and achieving maximum charitable tax deductions. The Foundation will gladly work with your attorney or financial planner to develop a plan that works best for you. For more information, contact the Foundation Executive Director at (561) 868-3450.

Corporate Partnership Business and industry reaching out to build a better community




ur Strategic Corporate Partners program offers a range of opportunities that successfully integrate community giving with the marketing goals of businesses and corporations.

Strategic partner sponsor

Program enhancement sponsor

Event Sponsor

Align your business needs with the College and reach key stakeholders to advance your business, product and or service.

Raise the bar of a program’s technology to cutting edge by upgrading equipment, labs, classrooms, computers, software and more.

Underwrite strategic College and Foundation events, including the Golf Classic, Health Fair, Hispanic Heritage Month, Veteran’s Day Concert, Earth Day, Holocaust Remembrance, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast, Green Expo and student events held throughout the year.

Through a Palm Beach State corporate sponsorship your company can support meaningful programs and partnerships that help develop quality professionals in the communities in which we live and work. For more information, contact the Corporate Relations Manager at (561) 868-3450.

Palm Beach State College is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its facilities, educational programs, employment or activities without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Palm Beach State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 300334097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Palm Beach State College. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's non-compliance with an accreditation requirement or standard.

Foundation Mission To encourage, solicit, receive and administer philanthropic gifts for the advancement of Palm Beach State College and its objective of maintaining open access to higher education at affordable costs.

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College Foundation  

A Passion for Learning: Your legacy for Palm Beach County When you give to the Palm Beach State College Foundation, your gift extends far...

College Foundation  

A Passion for Learning: Your legacy for Palm Beach County When you give to the Palm Beach State College Foundation, your gift extends far...