The MCC Foundation is dedicated to securing financial resources for the growth and development of Morgan Community College and promoting a superior environment for learning.
The Foundation began in the early 1970’s, not long after the college began. Early donors included Carl and Virginia Johnson, who contributed their dairy farm. The first College President lived in the house on the dairy property for several years. Helen Williams began her long history of scholarship donations around this time period, also. Originally, the Foundation met once a year for the annual meeting and the fundraising efforts included a Greater Gifts Committee that sponsored a scholarship fund drive. In 1981 a $50,000 scholarship trust fund was established by HB Bloedorn, Chairman of Farmers State Bank of Fort Morgan. In 1987, The Clark-Feather buildings were donated to the Foundation and used for a number of years for Adult Basic Education, the truck driving program, etc. These buildings were sold in the 1990’s.
Under college President John McKay and Foundation President Mike Berryhill, the Foundation expanded significantly and became more formalized in the late 1990’s. The first annual fundraising campaign was held in 1998, raising $147,000. In 2000 the first Gala was hosted. Today the Foundation has six board meetings a year with eleven members and three ex-officio members. The MCC Foundation provides numerous scholarship opportunities in addition to supporting college programs, special initiatives, and capital projects. Recent accomplishments include funding the construction of Cedar Hall, which houses the current Adult Basic Education programs and raising $600,000 to equip and furnish the health-science wing remodeling and expansion. In 2010 the Foundation received a $1.65 million pledge from the A.F. Williams Family Foundation to endow a chair for Radiologic Technology, making MCC the first community college in Colorado to have a university-model endowed chair position. Many community members continue to contribute significantly to the growth of the Foundation and are responsible for the success that we experience today.