The Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign (AEF) is an annual appeal for private charitable support to provide the extra resources necessary for academic scholarships and program enhancements. This campaign, conducted during the month of March, is carried out as a direct mail solicitation of college vendors, previous donors and potential new donors.
The letter sent out in the direct mail campaign is written by the campaign co-chairs. They share their reasons for involvement and the importance of supporting Barton Community College. Each letter also contains a donation form, so donors may designate how they wish their gift to be used (scholarships, a specific department, endowments etc.). If no designation is indicated the funds go into the general fund of the AEF and are used as previously mentioned for scholarship and program enhancements. Many of the donors who support annually funded scholarships use the AEF Campaign as the vehicle for those donations. Although this campaign is the focus of philanthropic giving for the month of March, donations and pledges are received for an entire year, giving the donor flexibility as to when they wish to make their donation. Our campaign committee set the financial goal for this year at $40,000 but more importantly than the goal is to let our friends donate whatever amount they want. It is a proven fact each dollar has an important impact in the results. Many people are under the assumption you have to give a large amount to be an important donor to our Foundation or to leave a legacy, but that is a misconception; dollars and desires add up to make good things happen for other people.
The AEF offers life changing opportunities that will impact the lives of Barton students and therefore impact the communities they will serve in the future. Please consider this opportunity to contribute to a student's success by contacting Coleen Cape at (620) 786-1136 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also complete and return our contribution form.
2019 AEF Campaign Chair - Lori Werth
I am currently a member of the Barton Community College Foundation Board of Directors and proud to be serving as the Chair of the 2019 Academic Enrichment Fund campaign.
It is the goal of all students to receive a quality education. Unfortunately, the cost of that education is more often than not, a barrier for obtaining this goal. It is the mission of the Academic Enrichment Fund of the Barton Community College Foundation to provide scholarships and program enhancements to assist these students in reaching this milestone in their life.
The Academic Enrichment Fund campaign is unique in that it allows donors to specialize their gift by choosing which department or fund they would like to benefit from their donation. The strength of the AEF campaign is that it reaches all levels of ability to give – from gifts of $10 to those of thousands – each gift is important and makes a difference. It is the power of the sum of those gifts which make an impact on the lives of our students that we cannot begin to fathom.
“As a board member, there is nothing more rewarding than to see a person be successful because of a life changing opportunity provided by scholarship funds from the Foundation. Not only does Barton offer many affordable and high quality degree programs, but it also provides a solid foundation to high school students by offering several programs, my favorite is the College Advantage program. By introducing college at this level it opens the door for students who want to pursue their goals and dreams. It helps to give them the confidence that they can achieve anything. In addition, it gives area businesses and industry the opportunity to have trained and educated Barton graduates as a resource for future employees.”
“Through its partnerships with business and industry Barton has been progressive in providing targeted education not only for those students who move on to 4-year colleges, but for those who want to step directly into the work force. Skills learned at the college can provide an immediate impact on the success of a business and greatly benefits all the communities Barton serves.”
I ask you to please consider contributing to the Academic Enrichment Fund. You can help deserving students achieve their goal of an education and allow them to reach their fullest potential while strengthening the cultural and economic future of our community.