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Educational Foundation

  • By investing in Southeast Community College, you are investing in an educated workforce in our 15-county area, the state of Nebraska and beyond. The Southeast Community College Educational Foundation supports the vitality and growth of SCC by assisting students, staff and our communities through the development and wise use of financial resources.

    Foundation donors share a special commitment: to provide Southeast Community College students a valuable educational experience. Providing opportunities for students in and around our service area is a critical step toward fulfilling the needs of a skilled workforce.

  • YOUR Gift Matters!

    Your gift to the SCC Educational Foundation and Southeast Community College matters because it makes an impact and creates opportunities for over 10,000 students. Investing in SCC students is life-changing for our students and is an investment in our community and the future workforce of our college area, the state of Nebraska and our nation.

    Online Donation

    Visit http://www.southeast.edu/sccdonate to make your donation to the Path to Possible Fund, new or existing scholarship donation, facilities or greatest need (general Foundation Support for Operations).

    By Mail

    IT’S SO EASY…..

    To donate via check, make your check payable to the SCC Educational Foundation and mail to:

    SCC Educational Foundation
    301 S. 68th Pl.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

    Please direct your gift's use on the memo line (i.e. scholarships, facilities or leave it blank and we will put your gift to the area of greatest need).

    SCC12 (NEW!)

    Using your credit card, visit southeast.edu/sccdonate and click on “Monthly” under Type of Request and then “Recurring” under Number of Monthly Payments.


    A perpetual resource because the principle remains intact, and investment income is used to provide scholarship to students or can be used to support SCC programs. A new endowment in your name or someone else’s name requires a minimum investment of $5,000.

    Gift of Securities

    Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are a great way to support SCC and our students. Not only will your contribution entitle you to an income tax charitable deduction, you may also avoid capital gains taxes. Arrange a gift of securities by calling the SCC Foundation Office at (402) 323-3411.

    Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

    At age 72, a traditional IRA holder (unlike a ROTH IRA holder) must begin taking a taxable Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their IRA. Instead of taking the RMD amount as income and paying income tax, the IRA holder may donate the entire RMD or a portion of it directly to a 501(c)(3) charity like the SCC Foundation avoid paying tax on the amount up to $100,000 per year or $200,000 as a couple.

    Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer a matching gift program that will match an employee’s charitable contribution. All matching gifts benefit the same campus, college and fund as your original gift and allow you to double your gift to the Southeast Community College. To submit a matching gift and double your impact:

    • Obtain a matching gift form from your company’s personnel office
    • Complete the donor/employee portion of your company’s form and send it with your contribution to the SCC Educational Foundation. (Many companies also have an easy online process.)

    Once we receive your form or your company’s online request, we will verify your gift so that your company can make the match.

    Legacy Gift

    The Path to Possible Legacy Society was established in 2021 to recognize the generosity of individuals and families who have included the Southeast Community Educational Foundation in their estate plan or have named the SCC Educational Foundation as a beneficiary in a charitable gift arrangement. This includes bequests and gifts made through a will, life insurance policy, living trust or other form of planned giving. As a member of the Path to Possible Legacy Society, you will be recognized in our Annual Report and invited to special events throughout the year.

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    Support the Southeast Community College Foundation. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to SCC! Please click on this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0168407.

    Retirement Savings or Insurance Beneficiary

    To name the Foundation as one of the beneficiaries of retirement funds, the donor should make arrangements through the retirement fund’s administrator. Other ways to give include naming the Foundation a beneficiary of an insurance policy, assigning annual dividends, or donation a paid-up policy.

  • By supporting scholarships, facilities and operations, your investment in the annual Path to Possible Fund will continue to enhance the educational experience of more than 9,300 students each year. Every gift makes an impact, and your participation will create a lasting legacy for our students.

    Your gift to the Path to Possible Fund helps to sustain academic programs, scholarships, innovative programming, student support services and state of the art facilities. Most importantly, your gift has the power to transform the lives of our students, helping them to achieve academic success and economic mobility. Investing in SCC students is an investment in our local community and the future workforce of Nebraska.

    Donations to the annual fund are unrestricted, which gives the Foundation the flexibility to allocate support where it is needed the most. You do have the option of designating your gift as well to support any of the following:

    1. Greatest need – General Foundation Fund
    2. Existing Scholarship Fund
    3. New Scholarship Fund (Contact us at 402-323-3411)
      Minimum of $500 for annual and $5000 for endowed scholarship Fund
    4. Facilities Fund

    How to Make a Gift


    Please click the Donate Now button below to access our secure online credit card processing service. You have the option to make a one-time gift or set-up a monthly recurring gift to your designated scholarship, program or project of your interest.

    Via Check

    Please make your check payable to and send to:

    SCC Educational Foundation
    301 S. 68th Pl. #204
    Lincoln, NE 68510

    You may indicate the intended use for your donation in the memo line. Thank you for your continued support!

  • Providing an affordable education for SCC students is at the heart of the SCC Educational Foundation. In 1978, the foundation started the scholarship program with each of our three campuses receiving $1,000 for first year scholarships. Over 40 years later, our Foundation awards SCC students over $2 million in scholarship support.

    Many of our scholarship donors are SCC alumni paying it forward. Without their generous support, many of our students would not be able to realize their dream of being a college graduate in a successful career. Each gift to the Scholarship Fund represents a level of confidence in SCC’s tradition of providing a high-quality education to our future workforce. Make an impact on someone's life by contributing to the SCC Educational Foundation's Scholarship Fund.

  • The Southeast Community College Food Pantry aims to reduce the impact that food insecurity has on the academic success of our students by providing a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities to students and their families.

    There are currently four food pantries across the College: The Beatrice Campus, the Lincoln Campus at 8800 O St., Education Square at 1111 O St., and the Milford Campus. Each location provides different options to meet the short-term needs of students and are reliant on donor support for inventory.

  • SCC COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund was created to support SCC students and their families who are, or could soon be, in need of emergency funds as a result of the global COVID-19 health crisis. Your donation will allow students to continue their education while struggling with the following challenges:

    • Food Insecurity: Nationally, 50 % of community college students report food insecurity. This is likely to increase as unemployment rises.
    • Loss of Income: 83% of SCC students work at least part-time. Many work customer-service jobs, such as our students working in food service, and are most likely to lose their jobs. This will affect their ability to pay their rent and utilities.
    • Childcare Expenses: 15% of our students have children who live with them and/or depend on them for care. If they have lost their jobs, they will not be able to pay for childcare. This will force them to choose between leaving their children unsupervised while they attend classes or dropping out of school.
    • Medical Expenses: Students who get COVID-19 or with other health issues may choose to not seek medical treatment because they can’t afford it.
    • Technology: Students without updated technology may not be able to access SCC’s online delivery portal making it difficult to stay enrolled.
  • Nebraska’s healthcare workforce is facing a serious shortfall and Southeast Community College is ready to fill the void, but we need your help. Our cutting-edge Health Sciences facility is set to open in 2021 and will expand our ability to produce a highly skilled workforce in SCC’s 16 Health Sciences programs. The new facility includes the latest advanced technologies, equipment, and practices which will empower our students seeking careers in healthcare and meet the demands of the communities we serve.

    Please consider a donation to support this transformative facility equipped to produce the next wave of skilled healthcare workers for Nebraska.

  • We opened the Great Plains Culinary Institute in 2018. You have an opportunity to be a part of its legacy by becoming a SCC Diners Club member. Your annual gift of $100 will foster many student success stories, industry transformation, and life-changing experiences for our students, faculty, and communities.

    This innovative facility features state-of-the-art educational spaces including two teaching labs, a demonstration kitchen and bakery as well as Course, a student-run upscale restaurant. Please join the SCC Diners Club today to support programming, capital improvements, and scholarships. All SCC Diners Club members will be prominently featured in Course.

  • We are always looking for ways to partner with our alumni, friends and corporate sponsors to enhance the educational opportunities for the future workforce. Contact SCC Director of Advancement Rick Blessen at 402-323-5545 to discuss how you can help our students on their path to possible.

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  • What is the Southeast Community College Educational Foundation?

    The Southeast Community College Educational Foundation is a separate, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation whose purpose is to support the mission of Southeast Community College.

    Can I designate my gifts for a particular purpose?

    Yes. To do this, indicate the area you want to direct your gift to on the pledge card.

    Can a scholarship for our business or family be established?

    Yes. We will work with you on developing a scholarship to match the needs of your business or family.

    Is my contribution tax deductible?

    Yes. The SCCEF is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    How will the Foundation manage my gift?

    The Foundation will seek the highest possible return consistent with a prudent regard for legal consideration, fiduciary responsibility and safety of capital.

    Whom do I contact for more information?

    You can call the SCC Educational Foundation Office at 402-323-3411, or email Michelle Birkel at mbirkel@southeast.edu.