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Corporate & Foundation Partners

College Now’s corporate and foundation supporters come in all shapes and sizes throughout Northeast Ohio. But each recognizes the impact of education on the social and economic health of our region and has partnered with us in various ways to provide the programs and services that help students in our region get to—and through—postsecondary education.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Program Support

College Now provides many outstanding programs and services to more than 25,000 individuals across Northeast Ohio. However, without the financial support of our corporate and foundation partners, our work would not be possible. Your organization may direct its gift to a program or service it deems most meaningful or that best aligns with your workforce needs. For example:

  • College Access and Advising Services in High Schools
  • ACT Boot Camps
  • Summer Programs Focusing on Career Exploration, College Visits and ACT Prep
  • Financial Aid Advising and Scholarships
  • Mentoring Program for Scholarship Recipients
  • Resource Center

Corporate Citizen Support

College Now’s Annual Campaign is critical to our ability to deliver life-changing services each year. Your organization’s unrestricted gift will help to cover any program funding gaps, assist students with necessary books and supplies not included in financial aid packages, pay ACT test fees and college application costs as well as provide technical training and IT infrastructure for our staff in the ever-changing and complex landscape of college access and financial aid.

Your organization’s employee engagement efforts can also raise significant dollars for students, while providing your employees with ways to give back to our community and creating leadership development opportunities.

Ideas for Employee Engagement include:

  • Holding a Dress Down Day or a Day of Giving, designating College Now as the recipient of proceeds
  • Offering an employee Matching Gift program
  • Encouraging employees to participate in our Mentoring Program
  • Inviting College Now staff on-site to provide individualized advising services such as assistance completing FAFSA forms for employees’ children, applying for financial aid to attend college or student loan repayment forms for employees with student loan debt.

For additional ideas or to make an unrestricted gift, please contact Kittie Warshawsky, Chief External Affairs Officer, at kwarshawsky@collegenowgc.org or 216.635.0155.

Scholarship Support

Our traditional, four-year renewable scholarships and mentoring program often mean the difference between a student attending and graduating from college—or not. Your organization’s support of the College Now scholarship program helps to ensure that we can continue to provide critical last dollar scholarships to as many eligible students across Northeast Ohio as possible.

With a minimum gift of just $10,000, your company or foundation can establish its own scholarship through College Now that will provide a scholarship to an eligible student with whom College Now has worked, enabling your organization to make an immediate impact on that student’s ability to attend and graduate from college.

Likewise, College Now manages scholarships for a number of corporations, foundations and organizations across the region. For example, many employers offer college scholarships as a benefit for their employees and look to College Now to handle all administrative aspects of the organization’s scholarship fund.

For additional information on establishing a traditional scholarship or a managed fund scholarship, please contact Bob Durham, Director of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services, at rdurham@collegenowgc.org or 216.635.0450.

Special Event Support

College Now’s special events raise critical unrestricted dollars that go right back into funding our programs and services for Northeast Ohio students. They’re also a lot of fun and provide exposure to your organization in the community.

Ask us about our signature events:

  • Bag Lady Luncheon
  • Invest in Success
  • Mentor Appreciation Luncheon & Career Fair

For more information about how your company or foundation can partner with College Now, please contact Lauren Mastracco, Special Events Coordinator, at lmastracco@collegenowgc.org or 216.635.0173.