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Foundation History & Mission

The Foundation was established in 1976 through generous gifts from Phillip and Jeanne Wertheimer. The vision of the Wertheimer family, along with then LCC President David Story and the members of the initial Foundation Board of Directors, was to create avenues for excellence in education at LCC.

For more than thirty years, the Foundation has been doing exactly that. Working hand in hand with dedicated community members, the Foundation continues to advance our mission to provide financial assistance to students, to encourage public support for the college, and to strengthen the teaching, learning and cultural environment of the college and our community.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of professional, business, and community leaders who are committed to advancing and strengthening the important educational opportunities that Lower Columbia College provides for our region. Among the Foundation board members are the LCC President and two representatives from the LCC Board of Trustees, who along with Foundation staff provide the link between the College and the Foundation.

The Foundation is a separate publicly-supported 501 (c)(3) educational organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law. The Foundation actively seeks donations from individuals and businesses through a variety of methods and fundraising activities and events.