Our generous donors share a passion for student success, to enhance the quality and accessibility of our students' education.
Bill Funk & Marilyn Zuckerman
Bill and Marilyn sold insurance for the better part of three decades. They were not only business partners, but intellectual partners, reading books together, discussing ideas, and pushing each other to grow and evolve.
Bill and Marilyn believe in equal access to higher learning for all classes of society. Education, in their view, belongs to everyone and is the great equalizer in a democracy because it provides people with both practical knowledge and the skills to apply it. Virtually the whole combined family of Funks and Zuckermans has attended SPSCC at one point or another, which stands as a testament to their collective belief in the community college mission.
Bron believes that "SPSCC is critical in developing the skilled workforce" in the Puget Sound area.
As owner of Bron's Automotive, he and half of his mechanics are graduates of the SPSCC Automotive Technology program, and many benefit through his generous donations to Foundation scholarships.
Bron opened his full-service auto repair shop in 2002. Bron's Automotive has become a widely trusted business based on their integrity and superb customer service. "Imagine it's your car or your mom's car on the lift," Bron tells his mechanics. That's the experience they want for every customer.
Dr. Nels Hanson
Through his children, former SPSCC President Nels Hanson left a substantial estate gift to his Foundation endowment.
His legacy of supporting student success will continue to live through this generous contribution.
Ways to Give
Through a planned gift, you or your family can create a meaningful, everlasting legacy for yourselves and future generations of SPSCC students. A Planned Giving Letter of Intent may be submitted to the Foundation.
A legacy gift is a charitable donation to the college from your estate assets. Often received after one's lifetime, these gifts are referred to as deferred or planned gifts. A legacy gift allows you to control the use of your gift to benefit your own financial future and take advantage of tax benefits. A legacy gift can include cash, bequests, trusts, stock, life insurance, annuities, and more.
The benefits of planned giving include:
- Federal income tax charitable deductions
- Reduced and deferred capital gains taxes on appreciated property
- Reduction of your taxable estate, and/or
- Enhanced income from periodic cash distributions
Make a non-monetary contribution to a program on behalf or your business or as an individual. Gifts-in-kind are gifts of tangible personal property such as equipment, materials, company products, or inventory. Through gifts-in-kind, supporters help the college strengthen programs and improve facilities to provide the best possible educational experience to our students.
While in-kind donations are often received from businesses and corporations, individual donors also contribute many types of in-kind gifts. Contact the Foundation to discuss a possible gift.
State employees and retirees can give directly via payroll contribution. The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is Washington State's workplace giving program for active and retired public employees. State and higher education employees are invited to give to the charity of their choice through payroll contribution and agency fundraising events. Check with your Human Resources Department for details.
SPSCC employees, see Campus Giving or contact the Human Resources Office.