"Education Changes Everything"
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.
2016 AEF Campaign Co-Chairs - Earl and Judy Fox
The Foundation Board of Directors look to an individual or couple from the surrounding communities who have given support to many of the events and financial initiatives of the Foundation and College. It is with great pleasure to honor Earl and Judy as donors who have been involved with Barton Community College Foundation for many years.
Letter from Earl and Judy Fox
We are honored to serve as Co-Chairs of the 2016 Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign for the Barton Community College Foundation. This year’s theme could not be more appropriate given the challenges now facing all areas of education – “ EDUCATION CHANGES EVERYTHING”. When Barton opened its doors for classes in 1969, it would have been difficult to imagine what the future would hold, especially all the advances in technology that students today are dealing with. It is often, thanks to our donors, that we are able to initiate such programs as the Gas Transmission Course and the recently implemented CDL License Certification. Most recently, the college unveiled our brand-new welding lab, where traditional and non-traditional students alike can get a welding Level I certificate after only one semester be prepared to perform in the workplace. The welding lab would not have been possible without the support of our generous donors.
Our family learned first-hand the value of Barton Community College to our community, when Judy decided to return to college to obtain her Elementary Education degree and learned that Barton provided the educational opportunities to help her achieve that goal. She was able to attend all her graduate classes on the Barton campus through a program from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. Getting this degree would not have been possible were it not for Barton providing this program. Judy knows from her own experience that “EDUCATION CHANGES EVERYTHING” – including her own life.
In 2008, I was approached about serving on the Barton Community College Foundation Board, where I served diligently for six years, including one term as Chair – a position I thoroughly enjoyed. Because of my involvement on the board, we both learned so much about the initiatives supported by the Foundation and exactly how much that support helps keep our taxes as low as possible. Both of us became ardent supporters of the Foundation and include them in our philanthropic giving whenever possible. We are also huge cheerleaders trying to share what we have learned with others.
With your gift to the AEF Campaign, you will have the opportunity to change the life of a student who might not be able to attend college without the assistance of a foundation scholarship. Won’t you join us in making sure that all students, whether traditional or non-traditional, will have the joy of knowing that education does indeed change everything? We would appreciate your support in helping keep Barton Community College one of the top community colleges in the state.
Earl and Judy Fox