Unrestricted Gifts Answer the Greatest Need
Unrestricted giving provides the Foundation with the flexibility to capitalize on unanticipated opportunities or challenges as they present themselves throughout the year. To be awarded a Foundation grant, the College must submit a written proposal detailing the project goals and activities, how this funding will advance NCC’s strategic plan, measurable outcomes, a timeline and a detailed budget. Recent examples of utilizing unrestricted gifts include:
- Funding for the annual musical theater production. In 2017, NCC students presented multiple performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
- Underwriting for the annual Common Read, which includes a series of free campus events built around a common literary selection. The 2017 Common Read was “Lottery,” by Patricia Wood.
- Support for Phi Theta Kappa honors society. NCC is home to the Alpha Iota Nu Chapter of PTK. In 2017, the Chapter placed third overall in the New England region and was recognized as one of the top 100 scoring chapters, out of 1,300, at PTK’s annual international convention.
- Funding for special academic opportunities. Recent examples include a trip for eight NCC Culinary Arts students to travel to France with their professors for academic immersion during spring break.
Rather than needing to match restricted funds with very specific donor mandates, unrestricted contributions provide flexibility for the Foundation Board of Directors to review new proposals and approve appropriate spending for NCC’s greatest needs as they occur.
As much as we try to plan ahead for the future, in a public education setting, there are many variables beyond our control. Budget cuts from the State of Connecticut make it virtually impossible not to reduce faculty headcount and limit the critical student support services that NCC can offer. Compromising on academic outcomes is not an option. Unrestricted private funding allows the Foundation to turn on a dime in addressing NCC student needs.