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Rappahannock Community College Foundation, Inc. Soaring Together campaign reaches goal

Warsaw, VA

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC/EFI) Soaring Together major gifts campaign has reached its goal of raising $3 million in new contributions in two years.

Left to right campaign leaders include: Victor Clough, RCC Dean of College Advancement; Dr. Robert V. Gates, RCC Board Chair; Elizabeth H. "Sissy" Crowther, RCC President; E.D. "Chip" Minor, RCC/EFI Board Chair; and David Newsome, RCC Network Operations Manager and Co-Chair of the RCC Internal Campaign.

"We can all be proud of the positive precedent and ongoing impact this accomplishment provides for RCC and our community," said RCC/EFI Board President, E.D. "Chip" Minor III. "Proceeds from this campaign have boosted the total assets of RCC/EFI to more than $5 million, which is used not only to generate scholarship awards, but to help fund college programs and initiatives and support professional development activities for RCC faculty and staff members."

The campaign identified three initiatives for support. RCC Dean of College Advancement, Victor Clough, reports that the expansion of the health and science wings on both the Glenns and Warsaw campuses received $626,585. The effort to increase the general endowed scholarship fund administered by the foundation garnered an additional $2,109,721 in funding, while the unrestricted funding targeted for general academic projects was increased by more than $200,000.

"We plan to continue raising funds for the health and science wing expansion initiative in order to meet anticipated future needs for state-of-the-art laboratory facilities," said RCC President, Elizabeth H. "Sissy" Crowther. "Fundraising from private sources is now a necessity in an era when the college has lost 30 percent of its state funding, while enrollment of full-time students has grown an additional 38 (percent). We will also continue to engage community members in further supporting our students with additional funding for enhancing existing facilities and improving our programs, in order to bridge this gap."

The campaign has reached several milestones including receiving 100 percent support from the RCC College Board, which was led by then-Chair, Dr. Robert V. Gates and by the RCC/EFI Board under Minor's leadership. The campaign also received support from 96 out of 104 full-time RCC faculty and staff members.

The campaign's success is also a result of generous gifts from several foundations, notably the Nettie Lokey Wiley and Charles L. Wiley Foundation, the George W. Verlander and Cornelia M. Verlander Memorial Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Toleo Foundation. Generous private gifts were also received, including donations from Soaring Together Community Leadership Committee members: Barbara and Martin Bowling; Richard and Janet Steelman; Tayloe and Helen Turner Murphy; Dexter Rumsey; and Doug Monroe.

The foundation also benefited from an increasing trend of large planned giving bequests both during and after the Soaring Together campaign. Three of these, including the largest-ever private gift to the college (from the estate of Leslie and Loretta Hinton), plus bequests from the estate of Martha Garner and that of Inez Douglas Belden, together totaled more than $1.5 million.

The Clements Group conducted a feasibility study for Rappahannock Community College in 2007 and Dr. Judy Smith, CG Senior Consultant, served as RCC's lead consultant during its campaign. For additional information contact Mr. Victor Clough, Dean of College Advancement at

September 2010


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