Ways to Give
There are many ways you can help students achieve their educational goals and support programs at the District's three colleges: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. Generous donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the Foundation's annual fund over the course of one fiscal year (July 1-June 30) become members of the Chancellor's Circle.
To join the Chancellor's Circle or renew your membership, visit the Foundation's donation page.
Check and Cash
Gifts of cash made through the SMCCC Foundation are tax-deductible and are used for the purposes specified by the donor. To make a donation visit the Foundation's donation page or contact any Foundation staff member.
Faculty & Staff Payroll Giving
As employees of the District we see our students struggle with the costs of tuition, textbooks, living expenses, childcare, and more in order to accomplish their academic goals. Financial support through payroll donations from faculty and staff members across the District is vital in helping our students succeed.
Your legacy gift may enable you to make a more significant gift than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and real estate planning goals.
Crowdfunding and online fundraisers
San Mateo County Community College District Innovators' Pledge
If you’re an entrepreneur with a special connection to the District you can pay it forward with the District Innovators' Pledge.
For many people, the prospect of attending college depends on the availability of financial assistance.
Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy
Donor Advised Fund (DAF)
A simple, flexible and tax-efficient way to make charitable donations. A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a charitable giving vehicle sponsored by a public charity that allows you to make a contribution to that charity and be eligible for an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants over time to any IRS-qualified public charity. When you donate to your DAF, you're making a tax-deductible donation to the organization sponsoring the fund. But because your account is a donor-advised fund, you advise the organization on how to grant the money out to your favorite charities. Your donation is also invested based on your preferences, so it has the potential to grow, tax-free, while you're deciding which charities to support. For more information, contact your financial advisor.
You can recommend grants directly from your donor advised fund with Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY MELLON Charitable Gift Fund:
Gifts of marketable stocks or mutual fund shares that have increased in value can have an immediate impact and also create an immediate income tax deduction for you based on the asset's current value.
Donating cryptocurrency is a tax-smart approach to maximize your philanthropic impact. The IRS classifies cryptocurrency donations as property, meaning they are not subject to capital gains tax and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. (Please consult with your tax advisor.) Cryptocurrency donations may be made here, please enter the name “San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation.” Donations will immediately be converted to dollars.