Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, the Taft College Foundation was established for charitable and educational purposes. It is the mission of the corporation to advance post-secondary education by supporting the programs and activities of Taft College, which include, but are not limited to providing funding for building and classroom constructions, scholarships, sponsorship for books and educational materials, supplies, equipment and programs. As programs continue to evolve, the Foundation meets the needs with an emphasis on raising additional money for education and student opportunities.
Since 2009, Sheri Horn-Bunk serves as the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at the Taft College Foundation. Her knowledge and expertise of public relations and fundraising has expanded the reach of Taft College. Her vision for the Foundation includes growth through endowments, program support, events, and special initiatives. Through the West Kern Petroleum Summit and Taft College Foundation Petroleum Partners initiatives, industry and education partnerships have been created, which enhance student outcomes for work-force readiness.
The Taft College Foundation is dedicated to supporting student success through fund raising and development of community relationships.
The Foundation is dedicated to maximizing support from the private sector through:
- Endowment development and expansion of existing gifts
- Investment in approved Taft College programs
- Creation of additional instruments of giving
- Management of infrastructure and services supporting these efforts
- Maintenance and expansion of alumni and donor databases
- The Foundation works with all members of Taft College
As a private, non-profit corporation, a board of directors governs this Foundation. The principal role of the board of directors is to establish policies and provide guidance in achieving its objectives. Board members work closely with the president, foundation director and other campus leaders to increase private support for endowments to enhance the educational and cultural environment of the College and surrounding community.