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Official Foundation Language

The Foundation boilerplate is included in press releases and other formal communication. 

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit auxiliary to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works to benefit all California Community College students, colleges, college foundations, and the system as a whole by accelerating paths to economic and social mobility, strengthening communities, and reducing barriers to opportunities for all Californians.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. For more information, visit

Official Titles and Abbreviations
These are the official names and preferred abbreviations for the Foundation and related entities. 

  • Avoid abbreviations whenever possible and never use in headlines.
  • When abbreviating, write the full name on first reference, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Use the abbreviation in all subsequent instances of the piece.


Abbreviation and Usage

Foundation for California Community Colleges  FoundationCCC or “the Foundation”

Use “FoundationCCC” especially when speaking with other foundations or as an abbreviation in formal legal or financial documents, like contracts. 

Avoid “FCCC” and “F triple C” 
Foundation for California Community Colleges Board of Directors Board of Directors, the board 
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (Chancellor’s Office)  Chancellor’s Office (or the Chancellor’s Office). There is an “s” at the end of colleges.

Use when referring to the system office.
California Community Colleges  Use when referring to the institution as a single entity, i.e., the system comprising the 116 community colleges, 73 districts, and the Chancellor’s Office. Note that “California Community Colleges” is singular, not plural.  
California Community College system Do not capitalize system. No “s” at the end of college.

Also avoid using “the system.”
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the board

Funder and Partner Organizations

Before finalizing materials or publications, it is a best practice to confirm spelling and capitalization of all funder and partner organization names and preferred abbreviations, if any. Oftentimes this can be accomplished by researching through the organization’s website and finding its About page or communications guidelines. Many organizations, including philanthropic funders and corporations, approve communications that contain their name or logo prior to release. Please contact Communications (general) or Resource Development (for funders) to determine if there are any requirements or if you are unsure of a partner’s name.

Foundation Programs

Workforce Development
Developing a diverse, well-prepared workforce for the California economy. Our workforce development programs support the California Community Colleges to enhance work-based learning opportunities for high school and college students, improve opportunities for Californians to enter the workforce prepared for rewarding careers, and help shape our future workforce to rise to California’s future economic challenges and opportunities.

Student Success
Accelerating student completion and transfer rates in the California Community Colleges. The Foundation has championed and supported the California Community Colleges Student Success initiatives since 2012, beginning with the Student Success Initiative and now the Vision for Success. The Foundation is the proud partner of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in advancing these reform efforts and promoting student success and completion from inception to implementation.

Community Impact
Partnering with our colleges to improve communities throughout California. Community colleges serve as a nexus for projects that empower communities. The Foundation’s programs in transportation, energy, and the environment directly serve low-income and disadvantaged communities.

System Support
Providing a hub for collaboration and services for efficiency, quality, and reach. As the official nonprofit supporting the Chancellor’s Office and the California Community Colleges, the Foundation operates at the statewide level, developing and managing systemwide resources and tools, and providing a hub of collaboration and services for mission-aligned partners.

Reducing barriers to opportunity to close persistent equity gaps. The Foundation’s equity programs provide quality resources, educational programs, and training for Community Colleges and the students that they serve, especially those who have been historically underrepresented. Our portfolio of programs focuses on improving students’ mental health and wellness and provides support for veterans, foster youth, and immigrants.

Collaborative Impact Program: Fiscal Sponsorships and Management Services

We intentionally partner with groups and organizations poised to make an impact at scale in California and beyond. Our Impact Partners leverage our expert nonprofit management services to enable success. Current partners include: 

  • Bay Area Community College Consortium
  • California Acceleration Project
  • California AfterSchool Network
  • California College Guidance Initiative
  • California Community College Student Affairs Association
  • California LAW
  • California Medicine
  • Career Ladders Project
  • DeepTok
  • Dyslexia Connexion
  • Early Care and Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS)
  • Educational Results Partnership
  • Redistricting Partners
  • Rising Scholars Network
  • The Network of California Community College Foundations

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