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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MCC Foundation?
How does the MCC Foundation support students, faculty and staff?
What is the Delivering the Promise campaign?
Why is it called an “Employee Division” of the campaign?
MCC is a publicly funded institution, why are we asking for private support?
What are the priorities of the Delivering the Promise campaign?
How can I learn more about the projects the campaign is supporting?
Why is the College investing in facilities and scholarships like never before?
Who can participate in the Employee Division of the Delivering the Promise campaign?
How can I participate in the MCC Delivering the Promise campaign?
What if I choose not to participate?
I know some people who might like to support. How can I get them involved?
How is this campaign different than past employee giving campaigns?
I give to students every day though my job. Why should I support financially, too?
What are the “% of gift” lines for on the pledge card?
I have always given to a fund that is important to me. Can I still do that?
What if I change my mind about how my donation is used?
Is there a minimum amount I can pledge?
I chose automatic renewal payroll deduction last year. Do I need to do anything now?
How do I find out what I supported or how I pledged in the past?
If I pledge for 5 years and choose payroll deduction, do I have to renew every year?
Can I add a bequest to my will or include MCCF as a beneficiary on my IRA?
Is my gift to the MCC Foundation tax-deductible?                                  
How will I know my gift is making an impact?
My spouse/partner works for an employer who matches their employees’ charitable gifts. Will MCCF accept these kinds of matching gifts?
Can I make a gift jointly with my spouse who also works at MCC?
How will my gift be recognized?
What is MCC 1200?
Can I make an anonymous gift? Is my information and gift confidential?
What do I do with my pledge card once I have filled it out?
Who are the Employee Division Co-Chairs?

What is the MCC Foundation?

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation was founded in 1977 to advance the College’s comprehensive mission by creating community awareness, building and nurturing meaningful relationships, and connecting donors with giving opportunities that match their interests. As a separate 501(c)(3) corporation, the MCC Foundation is the College’s primary vehicle for charitable giving.

How does the MCC Foundation support students, faculty and staff?

The Foundation provides funding for:

  • MCC student scholarships
  • MCC program growth funds
  • MCC Faculty Awards
  • Capital projects for state-of-the-art facilities
  • Textbooks and classroom supplies
  • Student organization funds
  • Facility and equipment needs
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What is the Delivering the Promise campaign?

To respond to enrollment demands and community needs, MCC is investing in the future of our students and communities as never before. Delivering the Promise is MCC’s major gifts campaign that invites community support in those investments. Together with community donors, MCC is seeking to raise funds to a) bridge the gap of unmet student need through scholarships, b) support college-wide faculty and staff endowments, and c) implement the first priorities of the master facilities plan.

Why is it called an “Employee Division” of the campaign?

Following best practices of major gift campaigns, Delivering the Promise begins with ‘family first;’ we give before we invite the community to join us. Kicking off this first campaign phase, 100% of the members of our MCC Foundation Board and MCC Board of Governors have supported the campaign financially. After this employee phase, or “division,” the broader community campaign divisions can begin.

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MCC is a publicly funded institution, why are we asking for private support?

You know firsthand that it takes a team to help students succeed. State appropriations, tuition/fees and property taxes only cover a portion of what it costs to operate the College. Private gifts are needed to help ensure student success and quality of services. Private support can also add a margin of excellence that public dollars cannot.

What are the priorities of the Delivering the Promise campaign?

The comprehensive campaign addresses the need for student scholarships and program enhancement throughout the MCC system, along with additional state-of-the-art facilities on two campuses to meet student and community needs. The Fort Omaha Campus has three facilities that have been prioritized for the campaign: the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, the Construction Education Center, and the Academic Skills Center. The Elkhorn Valley Campus has one facility included in the campaign, the Center for Visual Arts, Creativity and Innovation. Of course, the priority in all of the new buildings is student success.

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How can I learn more about the projects the campaign is supporting?

The MCC Foundation staff, our Employee Division Co-Chairs and your respective team captains are all available to discuss these projects with you. Contact information is provided at the bottom of the FAQ sheet. The Employee Division web page has more information on ways to give to the campaign initiatives. To learn more about the facilities master plan, visit the Campus Planning website.

Why is the College investing in facilities and scholarships like never before?

Simply stated: because the need has never been greater. As we recover from the recession, MCC serves more students than we did before the downturn. And more of those students have financial challenges – in fact, last year’s federal financial aid report indicates MCC students still have over $20 million in unmet need. Meantime, technology and workforce needs are rapidly changing and demanding our nimble response. Addressing these demands means putting innovation at the center of how we deliver education. Our students and communities deserve access to state-of-the art facilities, cutting edge technologies, advanced curricula, workforce ready skills training and the personal touch of a low faculty to student ratio.  That’s the “promise” we can deliver together.

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Who will be invited to participate in the Employee Division of the Delivering the Promise campaign?

All MCC full-time and part-time faculty and staff are invited to participate.

How can I participate in the MCC Delivering the Promise campaign?

As in years past, MCC employees will be given the opportunity to direct their charitable giving to financially support MCC students and programs in a variety of ways.

Many MCC employees choose to make their gift through payroll deduction. With this option you can choose to automatically renew until you notify us, pledge for all or part of the 5-year Delivering the Promise campaign, or make a one-time gift.

Other employees prefer to make their gifts online. Credit card gifts can only be accepted online.

As an alternative to cash gifts, you can also support the Foundation through a gift of securities (stocks, bonds), real estate, gifts in kind, life income plans (trusts), life insurance policies, bequests and wills. Just contact the MCCF team if you’re interested in these other approaches.

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What if I choose not to participate?

We firmly believe that charitable giving is a personal choice. So, if you prefer not to give to the Delivering the Promise campaign at this time, we appreciate your consideration and all that you do to serve students to enable learning and success.

I know some community members who might like to support the campaign. How can I get them involved?

That’s great news! Please contact the MCC Foundation Office as soon as possible (contact information is at the end of this document) to discuss this opportunity. We are asking employees to give before we ask our community, so there will be a time to approach your friends with MCC’s investment opportunities. Meantime, we’d be glad to talk with you about all the different ways you can engage community members in the life of the College.

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How is this campaign different than past employee giving campaigns?

Since this year’s employee giving season coincides with the overarching Delivering the Promise campaign,  employees will be given the opportunity to consider a 5-year pledge to support the overall campaign, so that’s a new option. 100% of employees are being invited to participate. Just as in years past, every gift is appreciated, no matter the size.

I give of my time and talent every day though my job. Why should I support financially, as well?

You make a positive impact on the lives of our students through your daily service, and that is something to celebrate. Chances are, you also see examples every day of how we could do more together. Examples of students who might have to drop out if they don’t get money for books…or situations where training equipment is outdated, but the budget can’t support upgrades. Because you are so close to the College mission, you’re also in the position to experience your gift’s impact firsthand.

A strong foundation of giving within the College sends the important message that we, as a team, are committed to our students and our community. Our MCC teamwork demonstrates our commitment to delivering the promise of student success and inspires the broader community to invest as well.

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What are the “% of gift” lines for on the pledge card?

These lines allow you to split your total gift among multiple initiatives and funds. For example, your total gift will equal 100% and you may choose to divide your donation by four and give 25% of the dollar amount to each.

I have always given to a fund that is important to me. Can I still do that?

Yes, we believe in matching people with their giving interests. You can designate your gift to a variety of areas, including one (or several) of the existing program funds and scholarships. You decide how much and where you want to make your impact!

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What if I change my mind about how my donation is used?

You may change your mind at any time by contacting the Foundation Office via written correspondence (e.g. email, intercampus mail or postal mail). Though previous donations cannot be redirected, future donations beginning the date the correspondence is received will honor your new designations.

Is there a minimum amount I can pledge?

Every gift, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated.

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I chose to have an automatic renewal payroll deduction from the previous annual faculty and staff campaign. Do I need to do anything?

Not if you chose the automatic renewal until you notify us option. If you chose the one-time gift or one-year campaign year only, then yes.

How do I find out what fund(s) I supported in the past or if I had opted to enroll in automatic renewal payroll deduction?

Please contact the Foundation office at (402) 457-2346 or email the Foundation and we can easily find out for you.

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If I pledge for 5 years and choose payroll deduction, do I have to renew the pledge every year?

No, indicating a 5-year pledge on your donation form will ensure your participation during that timeframe. You will not have to take any further action. Each year around this time, you’ll simply get a thank-you from our office.

I’d love to give a lasting gift, but don’t have the means right now. Can I add a bequest to my will or include MCCF as a beneficiary on my IRA?

Yes, a bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends or Metropolitan Community College Foundation as part of your estate plan.

A retirement asset, like an IRA account, makes an excellent bequest, as well. By designating the MCC Foundation as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction. Please visit our planned giving site for more information, or call the MCCF staff to talk about the impact you wish to make. Please be sure to consult with your advisor for personal tax and estate planning guidance.

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Is my gift to the MCC Foundation tax-deductible?

Yes, the MCC Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity; therefore, your contribution may be tax-deductible. Please check with your tax-adviser to find out more. By the last working day in January, an annual charitable contribution receipt for the previous year will be sent to all MCC employees who choose to invest in student success through a gift to MCCF.

How will I know my gift is making an impact?

As an MCC employee, you will see the impact firsthand on our campuses and centers. Campaign updates will be posted on MyWay and in regular email communication from the College President and your Employee Division Co-Chairs. Each year, the MCC Foundation publishes an Annual Report that details donations pledged and disbursed to support students, programs, faculty and facilities. Feature articles highlight many of the ways donors’ gifts have transformed the way we teach and learn at MCC.

If you choose to contribute to an MCC Foundation scholarship, you will be invited to attend the annual scholarship reception to meet the student recipients. Also, please visit the MCC Foundation web site for a full list of scholarship recipients by year.

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My spouse/partner works for an employer who matches their employees’ charitable gifts. Will MCCF accept these kinds of matching gifts?

Yes, please contact the Human Resources department at your spouse’s company to obtain the matching gift form. Then complete the form and return it to the Foundation office (FOC 1) along with your pledge card.  Many employers match at a 1:1 ratio; therefore, you can potentially double your impact.

Can I make a gift jointly with my spouse who also works at MCC?

Yes. Please mark the pledge form to indicate that your gift is a joint gift, and both you and your spouse will receive credit for the gift.

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How will my gift be recognized?

All employee gifts made prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 30) will be listed in that year’s MCC Foundation Annual Report. Please write your name on the pledge card as you would like it to be listed. Feel free to include the name of your spouse or partner should he or she also wish to be recognized. If you would prefer not to be recognized for your gift, simply check the box requesting that we keep your gift anonymous.

What is MCC 1200?

MCC 1200 is a special designation that honors and recognizes MCC employees who have contributed $1,200 or more during their tenure at the College. There are two levels of membership: annual and sustaining. Annual members are those who contribute $1,200 or more in any given year. Sustaining members have a combined total of gifts of at least $1,200. There’s no need to enroll; the Foundation office will keep track of your gifts and award the designation to celebrate your commitment to student success. Why “1200,” you ask? MCC in Roman Numerals = 1200.

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Can I make an anonymous gift? Is my information and gift confidential?

Yes. First, the Foundation does not share gift amounts or purposes with anyone outside of the campaign management. Individual employee gift amounts are not shared with your supervisor or team captains.

Requests for anonymity will be respected throughout the campaign, if you choose. Your gift will be acknowledged with a receipt, but your information will not be listed publicly. To choose this option, indicate on the employee division pledge card whether or not you wish to be listed in Foundation publications, such as annual reports. If you check the box, your gift will be anonymous and will not be listed.

What do I do with my pledge card once I have filled it out?

Each employee will be given access to a pledge card either electronically or in print form. If you choose to give, please complete the card and mail back to the Foundation in the envelope provided (FOC 1). You can also return your pledge card to Sheila O’Connor (FOC 30), Lisa Bradley (EVC) or one of the campaign volunteers at each campus and center. Of course, if you choose the online pledge form just click “submit” and we’ll take it from there.

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Don’t see your question here?

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about giving to the MCC Foundation. Just contact the appropriate person listed below.

Contact us:
Employee Division Co-Chairs: 
Sheila O’Connor 402-457-2337/soconnor7@mccneb.edu
Lisa Bradley at 402-289-1215/lkbradley@mccneb.edu

Foundation Office:
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 1

(402) 457-2346