Purpose of the Foundation

The Holyoke Community College Foundation is a charitable corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Foundation, which is fiscally and legally separate from the College, exists for the sole purpose of providing support for programs and activities which enhance the quality of education and expand the educational opportunities for students enrolled at HCC.

In order to achieve this purpose, the Foundation seeks to heighten community awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the College and to secure contributions and bequests which will be used to support academic programs and scholarships.

Foundation activities and resources are managed by a Board of Directors comprised of business and civic leaders who are residents of the Pioneer Valley. Board members, who serve without compensation, bring to the Foundation a community perspective and high level of management and leadership skills. These individuals have a strong interest in the College and are committed to using their talents, energy and influence to generate community support for the College and the Foundation.

Goals & Objectives

The Foundation supports programs and activities which are in keeping with the mission of Holyoke Community College. The Foundation's objectives include, but are not limited to, the following activities and projects:

  • Enhancing community awareness of Holyoke Community College and encouraging participation in the educational cultural and community activities sponsored by the College.
  • Acquiring state-of-the-art equipment for instructional purposes in order to ensure that curricula and instruction remain contemporary.
  • Securing funds from private sources in order to provide scholarships as well as other types of special services needed by students which cannot be funded by public monies.
  • Providing initial funding for development of innovative programs and services which will enhance the quality of education.
  • Recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of the faculty, staff and students.
  • Providing a perpetual trusteeship for capital funds donated by individuals and organizations to support specific programs and activities which benefit the College and the community it serves.
  • Raising funds to support special projects consistent with the College's mission which cannot be funded by public monies.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040