The Golden West College Foundation was organized in 1985 to solicit and manage gifts to benefit the college and its students. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the College’s mission of providing comprehensive academic opportunities to the community for lifelong learning.
A board of directors provides the leadership and direction for the organization’s operation and manages the Foundation. The Foundation has grown steadily since 1985 with assets over $8,400,000. This has been accomplished through donations of cash, bequests and grants from individuals and businesses. The Foundation has provided over $7,800,000 in scholarships to Golden West College students, and over $8,400,000 in program support. In addition to cash assets, the Foundation annually receives donated equipment and supplies that represent thousands of dollars in gifts-in-kind.
The primary focus of the Foundation Board of Directors is to work towards building support for college-wide needs. To nurture groups who have special interests in supporting Golden West College, the Foundation provides direction to two auxiliaries. Each auxiliary is managed by its own board and officers, requiring membership dues for operational expenses. Membership is open to the public.
Information is available by calling the Foundation office, (714) 895-8316, or at www.gwchbfoundation.com or addressing a letter to the Golden West College Foundation, 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3103.
Golden West College Patrons
Organized in April 1973, the Golden West College Patrons membership is composed of alumni, community members and GWC staff and faculty. The Patrons is a volunteer organization that raises monies for student scholarships through their Chefs for Scholarships event held each fall. The members also volunteer each year in support of other events such as Commencement, Scholarships and Awards, and Gala.
Hens and Chickens
The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship of GWC began in 1989 when a group of quilters did not want to disband after taking a quilting class. Their name was taken from the name of a quilt block. Members range in age from 7 to 75. Each year they create a custom, one of a kind quilt which is raffled and proceeds are given as The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship Scholarship.