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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is comprised of gifts that alumni, parents, and friends of the College make in response to yearly requests for support. Annual fund is a way in which the largest number of college constituents is able to support Rockland Community College. The Annual Fund includes unrestricted gifts and gifts restricted for current operations. 

How is the Annual Fund used?

Annual gifts help support the operating budget. They provide vitally needed resources for academic programs, scholarship support, equipment and materials purchases, computers for labs, student services, as well as academic and co-curricular programming and activities.

How can my gift make a difference?

Only 56% of Rockland Community College's operating budget is funded by state and local government. Your gift helps defray expenses that cannot be covered by reasonable tuition fees. By making a gift, the donor is choosing to take an active role in the life of the College. 

What are matching gifts and will my employer match my gift?

Matching gifts are dollars matched by employers in response to charitable contributions made by employees, retirees, as well as spouses and domestic partners of employees who often are also eligible for corporate matching gifts. To find out if your employer is a matching gift company, please contact your personnel or human resources office. To have your gift matched, complete a gift giving form and return it, along with your contribution, to RCC Foundation. 

How much should I give?

All gifts are important and appreciated no matterh whether it be large or small.  

Do I have to pay my Annual Fund gift in full and in cash?

No, there are numerous payment options. The College accepts cash, checks, MasterCard, VISA, and Discover. Please visit our Ways to Give section to see how you can contribute to the Annual Fund.

Are gifts tax deductible?

All gifts are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Some gifts can result in significant tax benefits. See gift planning for more information on the tax benefits of giving.

Why is the alumni participation rate important?

Some corporations and foundations make funding decisions based in part on Annual Fund participation rates — so higher participation rates translate directly into increased outside funding for the College.
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