A Great Environment

About the Cypress College Foundation


Advance the work of Cypress College.



Enhance educational excellence by securing resources and promoting public awareness of Cypress College.


Where the Money Goes

The Cypress College Foundation provides financial support for:
  • Student Scholarships/Emergency Assistance/Book Grants & Loans: $400,000 per year
  • Faculty Grants: Over 200 faculty awards and mini-grants have been made by the Foundation
  • Special Programs: Basic Skills Initiative, STEM Grants, Library Textbook Collection
  • Facility Projects: Mortuary Science, Photo Gallery, Theater Lobby
  • Endowment: Endowment funds have grown to over $2 million total assets to nearly $3 million

Where the Money Comes From

The Cypress College Foundation funds its support of the college from:
  • Special Events: Americana Awards and Golf Classic
  • Annual Support: President's Circle, Pull for Cypress, Spring for Cypress
  • Special Gifts: Includes naming opportunities and scholarships
  • Planned Gifts: Includes bequests, annuities, trusts, and related programs
  • Grants: Private foundations and corporations
  • Direct Mail: Scholarship and other solicitations
  • Cypress College: Provides a portion of Executive Director salary
  • Investment Earnings: $2.8 million currently invested

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Americana Awards is Cypress College's signature event, attracting 500 - 700 guests. Past Americana recipients include: Carl Karcher, Marion Knott, Gene Autry, Tommy Lasorda, Trevor Hoffman, and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Sponsorship levels include Title Sponsorship at $25,000, Platinum at $20,000, Patriot at $10,000, Founder at $5,000, or Benefactor at $3,000. Other sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000 - $10,000 are available as part of the Cypress College Golf Classic, held at SeaCliff Country Club. Sponsors are well-publicized, acknowledged prominently and featured in college and event literature. Donors may also sponsor or endow a student scholarship.


Cypress College President's Circle

The President's Circle is made up of annual donors to the college at the level of $1,000 and above. Silver and Gold Circle Members donate at the $1,250 and $1,500 levels, respectively. Members are Dr. Robert Simpson's guests at his annual "President's Evening at the Theater," in the fall, at an event in the spring, and at other campus activities and events.


Naming Opportunities

There are various naming opportunities available to acknowledge other significant contributions. One's name may be attached to a facility, a program, or a scholarship award.


Special Gifts

There are many other opportunities to assist the students of Cypress College by making a special gift to particular disciplines, departments, divisions, or any of the other myriad college programs. Contact the Cypress College Foundation for more details.


Community Relations

The Foundation manages the college's relationship with business, government, community organizations, and with the community in general.


Cypress College 50th Anniversary

The Foundation is responsible for this milestone celebration.

Contact Information

Cypress College Foundation
Cypress College Complex Building
Room # 304

Valley View side of campus between Lincoln and Orange

Phone: 714-484-7126
Fax: 714-236-0911

Student Spotlight

Danielle Nava
Outstanding Alumna, 2009

Danielle Nava has enjoyed a career in the not-for-profit sector for 15 years while serving the Orange County community.