Employees Giving Back

About the Campaign:

Embracing New Opportunities. Facing Challenges During Economic Inflation. Realizing the Pride of Accomplishment.

Thank you for your philanthropic support and charitable donations during the 2021 NVC Gives Back Campaign. Even during a hybrid of remote and in-person campaign, NVC pushed forward for our students and achieved 41% participation and raised $52,694.00 in 2021!

Our 2022 goal is to increase our dollars raised by 4.5% to $55,222.00 and become a majority giving institution at 51% participation.

2022 Urgency:

2022 has weighed heavily on all our hearts. Due to the war in Ukraine, increased inflation rates, mass shootings, COVID-19 official death toll exceeding one million, and the loss of dearly beloved Elizabeth “Betty” Cunningham, our students and community have been greatly impacted. As we reach the two-year mark of the initial wave of pandemic-induced school shutdowns, academic normalcy remains out of reach for many students, educators, and parents. In addition to surging COVID-19 cases, schools have faced severe staff shortages and high rates of absenteeism and quarantines. Furthermore, students and educators continue to struggle with mental health challenges, misbehavior, and concerns about lost instructional time. Therefore, we need your support now more than ever.

As we focus on enrollment, the figures show that 662,000 fewer students enrolled in undergraduate programs in Spring 2022 than the previous spring- a national drop of 4.7%, which is steeper than the decline in Fall 2021. To date, the undergraduate student body had dropped nearly 1.4 million students or 9.4% since the pandemic. Community colleges continue to suffer the most with 351,000 fewer students or a drop of 7.8% (USNews, 2022). The pandemic shone a spotlight on inequality, particularly those living in poverty. COVID-19 not only exacerbated the socioeconomic healthcare gaps that exist in many parts of the world, but it also highlighted gaps that exist between high and low-income student populations. Thus, low-income students were less likely to be equipped with the conditions and resources that were necessary for them to succeed. These gaps, therefore, put low-income students even farther behind relative to their better-off peers. As students continue to recover from food, dental, and vision services that have fallen behind, stress, anxiety, and depression, academic disengagement, exacerbated inequities and reinforced barriers to educational opportunities for students of color and other marginalized populations, strained school/district/community relationships that have created the need to restore and build trust, and socioeconomic disparity, we can at least help alleviate the burden of how students are going to pay for their school and basic necessities.

While NVC is continuously fundraising, our community faces numerous challenges. Not all students graduating are ready for college and/or career, many do not have stable environments conducive to learning, and there is a growing number who do not have engaged adults supporting them to reach their full potential. 39% of Bexar County 3rd grade students are unable to pass the STAAR test in 2021, and 50% of Bexar County 8th grade students are unable to pass the STAAR test (United Way, 2022). This is why NVC is dedicated to creating opportunities for success by offering quality academic, technical and life-long learning experiences to its diverse communities in a collaborative, student-centered, data-informed and shared leadership environment. By partnering with the United Way, we can improve the lives of people in San Antonio and Bexar County by preparing students for life, helping students succeed, promoting self-sufficiency for individuals and families, and supporting people in crisis.

We need your participation to make our efforts go even further. Your donation is crucial to our efforts of a good quality of life for our students, staff, faculty, and community. Listed below are the top 5 NVC recommendations (in alphabetical order); however, there are numerous funds online that you may choose to support.

  1. NVC Beverly Evans Memorial Scholarship
  2. NVC Faculty Senate Endowed Scholarship
  3. NVC Food Pantry and Advocacy Center
  4. NVC Mexican American Studies
  5. NVC Elizabeth "Betty" Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

Welcome Message from NVC Vice Presidents

Northwest Vista College strives to increase private donations from individuals and foundations to provide needed programs and scholarships for students and support community organizations and the arts. This year, the campaign starts on August 19, 2022 and ends on October 28, 2022.

Together we can make a difference.

WILDCATS TOGETHER!

 

Attention Adjunct Faculty:

Please contact Alice Martinez by email at amartinez2@alamo.edu so you can be added to the United Way online giving portal before donating.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have a credit card donation – what should I do with it? Is there a specific form?

At NVC, the college contact person for the Employee Giving Campaign is Alice Martinez who can be reached by email at amartinez2@alamo.edu. There is also a specific pledge form you can use for the campaign (see the blue "Donate Now" button on this page). We are only accepting credit card donations at this time (no checks or cash please).

When will my payroll deduction pledge be processed? Are payroll deductions pre-tax or after-tax?

Gifts made via payroll deduction are processed starting with the employee’s first paycheck in January 2020. You may select anywhere between 1-24 pay periods for payroll deduction. Be advised that the deductions are made in order of overall pay periods, so if you select 12 pay periods, it will be the first 12 pay periods (January-June), not one deduction per month.

Deductions are after-tax, as federal law does not allow for charitable donations through payroll deduction to be done pre-tax.

May I hold a raffle?

To comply with IRS and state gaming regulations, Alamo Colleges Foundation does not accept funds raised through games of chance (i.e., raffles).

May I solicit non-employees for a gift through the Employee Giving Campaign?

The Employee Giving Campaign is typically only for employees, but some exceptions can be made based upon the donor’s affiliation with the college district. Also, anyone can make a gift to a scholarship fund or program fund through the Alamo Colleges Foundation. For information and guidance, please contact Alice Martinez who can be reached by email at amartinez2@alamo.edu.