Why are we having a campaign?
The purpose of the WNCC Works: Expanding the Possibilities campaign is to raise private philanthropic support that will fund strategic objectives of MCC. At a high level, the campaign supports the following key initiatives:
WNCC currently has three main sources of revenue: 1) tuition and fees, 2) state appropriations, and 3) local tax revenue. The WNCC Works campaign is aimed at attracting a fourth revenue source: private philanthropic support from organizations and individuals in the Panhandle community and beyond. This new funding stream will augment our current revenue sources for the betterment of the institution.
Is this considered a capital campaign? What is a capital campaign?
A capital campaign is a fundraising effort focused on raising money for buildings, generally to create a new facility or renovate an existing one. Capital campaigns are typically narrowly focused. Our campaign is very broad, and therefore is not considered a capital campaign. WNCC Works is considered a comprehensive campaign (sometimes referred to as a major gifts campaign) in that it is structured to seek philanthropic support for all campuses, and the initiatives include not only facility renovation but also support for scholarships, programs and endowments.
Will my contribution be withdrawn from my check automatically or may I write a check at the appropriate time?
You may choose either option – it is entirely up to you. You may choose the convenience of having your gift withdrawn automatically from your paycheck, or you may write a check or provide a gift by credit or debit card.
If I give using the payroll deduction option, does this mean my gift won’t be taxed?
No. Taxes will be applied to your wages as usual and then your gift will be deducted. This is referred to as an after-tax deduction, and therefore your gift amount will appear on your paycheck in the “After-Tax Deductions” section. All donations to the WNCC Foundation are 100 percent tax deductible. The WNCC Foundation will provide you with a gift receipt that can be used as documentation to itemize these gifts on your tax return.
When does my pledge take effect?
You may decide when your pledge will take effect, beginning with the next payroll cycle, or for some point in the future. If you currently have a payroll deduction in place and wish to increase the amount to support WNCC students and programs, you may also designate when it is convenient for you to do so.
What is the difference between a gift and a pledge?
A pledge is a promise to pay. A gift is the act of making this payment and fulfilling a pledge. During the Family Campaign, we are asking WNCC employees to consider providing a pledge (promise) to provide a gift primarily as a pledge through payroll deductions. You also have the option to provide an immediate gift via a check or debit/credit card, if you prefer.
If I choose to make a large donation, can that amount be made in payments?
Absolutely! We welcome the payment of any gift in installments. You may choose to spread the payment of your gift over the entire year (or multiple years) with equal installments that are withdrawn each pay period.
May I start my own fund?
Sure! The purpose of the fund must fit within the mission of the college and the minimum amount required to start a new endowed (permanent) fund is $20,000. This amount can be pledged and paid over multiple years, and other donors can join in by pledging to the new fund and paying over multiple years as well.
Who is being asked to support the campaign besides the employees?
In addition to all WNCC employees, all WNCC and WNCC Foundation board members are being asked to participate in the WNCC Works campaign. And, of course, organizations and individuals in the Panhandle area and beyond will be asked to participate. This includes, but is not limited to, businesses, foundations, individual philanthropists, alumni and friends of WNCC.
Have the board members and the officers already made their pledges?
As fellow members of the WNCC family, officers and board members will be making their pledges during this Family Campaign timeframe.
How much should I give to the campaign?
That is entirely up to you. You are encouraged to give at an amount that is comfortable and meaningful to you. You may also think about a gift in terms of an annual amount you would like to give, conveniently broken out through payroll deductions, a percentage of your paycheck, or our 30-60-90 option (the equivalent of 30 minutes worked, 60 minutes worked, or 90 minutes worked per pay period).
To what areas may I give?
The possibilities are nearly limitless. You may choose to provide suppor to one of the broad initiatives detailed in the links above, through a specific scholarship or program fund, or for another purpose to fulfill your goals as a generous supporter of our students.
After I give, will my name be published anywhere? Will I receive recognition for my gift?
Yes, unless you request to give anonymously. The names of all donors to WNCC are published each year in the WNCC Foundation Annual Report. A district-wide WNCC Works committee – the Donor Recognition Committee – will soon be formed to help determine how all donors to the campaign will be recognized.
Can my gift be anonymous?
Sure. Just be sure to note this request on your commitment form.