Q & A
Why does Snead State Community College need to raise private dollars?
Snead State Community College is fortunate to receive support from the State of Alabama; however, that support has continued to steadily decline. There is a limited amount of state funding that we can use to provide scholarships in the form of waivers for students. In other words, when Snead State awards a student an institutional scholarship/waiver, this is not additional funding we have for the student to use, but instead is tuition and fee revenue that we simply do not collect from the student. At the current time, nearly 96% of all scholarships awarded at Snead State fall within this category. One goal of this campaign is to grow the Snead State Foundation Endowment so more scholarships can be awarded through this avenue to our students. Snead State is also fortunate to have the single largest public auditorium in Marshall County that is used by multiple community and city/county groups. The current facility is in need of a complete modernization to assure ADA compliance and safety of students and visitors. An enhanced facility will open the door for new and exciting opportunities for our students while providing a quality facility for our College and community.
Why is SSCC beginning a campaign now?
With the arrival of Dr. Robert Exley in January 2008 as the president of Snead State, a comprehensive evaluation of the College’s scholarship program was completed and a Campus Master Plan was developed. The evaluation revealed that less than 5 percent of all scholarship awarded at SSCC are funded from private sources. The executive leadership of the College as well as the Foundation Board of Directors agreed it is imperative that we significantly increase these resources. Built in 1992, the Bevill Center serves the local community and the college Fine Arts Department in a variety of ways including theatrical performances, musical performances, etc. The current facility is in need of a complete modernization to assure ADA compliance and safety of students and visitors. An enhanced facility will open the door for new and exciting opportunities for our students while providing a quality facility for our College and community. A pre-campaign study that included personal interviews and mail surveys ranked the Bevill Center modernization as the first priority.
What are the campaign’s major areas of focus?
There are two simple areas of focus ̶ to significantly increase the Snead State Foundation Endowment so that we can award more scholarships to students and the modernization of the Tom Bevill Continuing Education Center.
How can I make an investment in the campaign?
Gifts can be made in the form of cash, securities, personal property, or other designated pledges. Donors should discuss investments with their tax consultants or financial advisors, as well as with Legacy Campaign officials, to determine the kind of donation that will best fit their personal circumstances and most benefit themselves and Snead State Community College.
Will the campaign accept multi-year commitments?
Pledges enable contributors to realize optimal tax savings and to make a more significant impact for SSCC than might be possible with a one-time donation. This campaign will continue for a one to three-year pledge period. All investments will be gratefully received and properly acknowledged.
Why should I give to SSCC?
“Invest in Those Who Follow.” Snead State Community College has had the privilege of igniting the fires of possibilities for thousands of students over the past 100-plus years, and your gift assures that we can continue to do this for countless more in the future. SSCC is a major contributor to economic development in the region, preparing students for the workforce with a wide range of degree and certificate programs to meet business and industry needs. The SSCC Legacy Campaign is an integral part of fulfilling the College’s mission.
We also believe that a college education is not just for the wealthy or for those who demonstrate past academic success. Rather, we believe that education and training for any one of us benefits all of us. Those who can benefit and who are willing to put forth the effort are welcomed and encouraged.
Are named giving opportunities available during the campaign?
Yes, named giving opportunities are available, and a list of these has been prepared. Please discuss your wishes in this area with our President.
Is my campaign contribution to the SSCC Foundation tax deductible?
Yes. The Snead State Community College Foundation is a nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. A receipt will be furnished for each gift.