SCC Press Release

SCC Receives $20,000 Strengthen Rural Iowa Grant

Southeastern Community College Foundation (SCC Foundation) has received a Strengthen Rural Iowa (SRI) grant in the amount of $20,000. The funds will be used to provide SCC Foundation staff training on financial and constituent management systems and technical assistance to develop the organization’s capacity to raise funds.

 A total of 14 nonprofit organizations located in southern and southeast Iowa were awarded funding through the program. Grant funding was obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 – Strengthening Communities Fund – Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.

SCC Foundation Executive Director Becky Rump says that the grant is designed to strengthen organizations so that they’re better able to serve their communities.

“Given that the Foundation exists to support SCC and its mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities, the more we can strengthen the College, the better. This grant will help us do that,” explains Rump.

Grant winners are required to adopt a strategic plan and set measurable goals. Since SCC is currently developing a new strategic plan, Rump says that aligning the Foundation’s goals with those of the College was relatively straightforward.

“We identified two goals. One is to improve our staff skills in managing and evaluating the Foundation’s systems. The other is to increase the Foundation’s capacity to secure funding for scholarships and program improvements,” Rump notes.

Administered by the Iowa Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Strengthen Rural Iowa project is designed to help organizations enhance their social services, achieve greater sustainability, and create stronger collaborations.  Project training and technical assistance will aid organizations in areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement and evaluation of effectiveness.

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