About the ECC Foundation

I never lose sight of the fact that investment in future leaders makes our community stronger. We can change the course of a person’s life – and the lives of his or her family - through the gift of education. And one student at a time, we can change our world.

Caren Nickelsen, Emeritus Board Member

The work of the ECC Foundation is driven by an independent Board of Directors – community and business leaders who believe that education unlocks potential. The following guiding principles frame the Board’s direction and actions:


To maximize access to an exceptional education that will improve lives and strengthen our community.


We seek to enable dreams for all by generating resources that will provide effective learning experiences. We will maximize our impact through the strength and leadership of our Board and close collaboration with the college and community.


The core principles and beliefs that guide our work are Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability.

Federal 990s

The most recent informational returns filed by the ECC Foundation with the Internal Revenue Service:  

Board of Directors and Emeritus Directors

This includes up to 24 independent, elected Directors; five serve as officers; five ex-officio members laisse between the college and the Foundation. The Foundation may grant emeritus status to former Directors for their distinguished service.

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