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The Columbia College Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports Columbia College students with scholarships and support for programs and projects on campus. We partner with more than 30 community partners to offer more than $120,000 in scholarships each year, and through other fundraising, assist athletic and debate teams, library, class trips, science and music equipment, student clubs, fire academy, culinary programs, community lectures and more. 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Fund Drive

So many of our students are reeling from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis – the campus closure, loss of work, loss of child care, the sudden shift to remote learning with inadequate technology. You have an opportunity right now to send a lifeline!

Your generous support means more students who have applied for emergency help will receive an immediate $250 cash grant to help keep them on track in these challenging times. Students can use these funds for technology, textbooks or basic needs. We’ve awarded more than 200 to students to date, and have hundreds more in need.



 2019 Community Report

CCF Cover 2019

NEWS: Columbia College Promise Scholarship-  We are launching an exciting new scholarship program for local students. For more details about this opportunity, see our press release:  Columbia Promise Scholarship

PRESS RELEASE: Columbia College Foundation receives $2 million endowment gift from local family.

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Columbia College Foundation Board of Directors - for further information, click here. 

Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please help support student success! 

Investing in the Future: ALL GIFTS MADE to the Foundation have a direct impact on student success and are greatly appreciated, regardless of size. Donors can choose from a variety of projects and programs to suit their philanthropic interests. All donations are tax deductible to the greatest extent permitted by law. Giving options include:

Scholarships- Donors can support students directly through named and/or endowed scholarships.

Program Support- Allows the Foundation to grant funds in support of various campus activities and student organizations.

Library Endowment- Supports expansion and updating of the library's various collections, including books, periodicals, and subscriptions. 

General Endowment- The Foundation's key vehicle for long-term stability and asset growth. 

Unrestricted- The college's needs are constantly growing; this fund allows the Foundation to provide direct support where it is needed most. 


Donations to the Columbia College Foundation may be made at any time online at our website:

Donations by check may be made payable to the Columbia College Foundation and sent to 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora, CA 95370. 

For more information and giving options, call 209-588-5055, e-mail Amy Nilson at or visit

Community Report 

Audit 2017-18

For Columbia College Employees:

Payroll Deduction Form

Payroll Deduction Form - Faculty Scholarship

Tree Mortality Lecture Series- October 6, 2016: Tuolumne County Community Cable Access (Cable 8) 

Vision Statement

The Columbia College Foundation promotes quality higher education that enriches the academic, economic, and cultural life of our community.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote student success by providing community resources that support and expand educational opportunities for Columbia College's students.

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