Giving to Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) can offer distinct advantages over contributing to global or national causes, however truly important or near-and-dear the causes may be. The key difference is local; community members in northeast Iowa support the College because they see a positive return on their investment daily in their communities.
Karl Jacobsen, 1976 Practical Nursing and 1977 Associate Degree of Nursing graduate, views an investment in the College as an investment in the future success of the community and local students. Karl and his wife Jerrine selected a novel approach in making their charitable planned gift to support nursing students.
“Jerrine and I chose to make a gift and created the Karl and Jerrine Endowed Healthcare Scholarship as part of my IRA beneficiary. When I pass away, the College will receive a tax free contribution,” he explained. “I’d rather decide where my money is going, instead of the federal government making the decision for us.”
The Jacobsens understand the financial burden a college education can create for many students and graduates.
“There is a tremendous value in a Northeast Iowa Community College education, and especially true for those who seek a second career and are older students,” Jacobsen said. “The College is an economically viable option for students who are training to enter into demanding professions. When you consider the huge debt that students have after a full four years at a college or university, in many cases it’s a waste of money. We believe this is a real funding issue for students and a struggle that our higher education system is facing as we move forward.”
An investment in your local community college is an investment your community. Gifts may be made as an endowment, annual award, memorial gift or as a gift towards the Fund for Excellence, which is a fund of unrestricted gifts for College-identified priorities.
Non-profit organizations, including the College, offer an annual online giving opportunity for everyone in the community, Great Give Day. The 24-hour online giving event – to be held this year on May 11 – allows individuals to contribute to their favorite local organization. The emphasis is not the amount of an individual gift, but the collective strength of united donors from all walks of life who feel passionate about the College.
For more information: visit www.nicc.edu/waystogive; contact Julie Wurtzel, executive director of advancement, at 800.728.2256, ext. 218; or contact Barb O’Hea, director of the NICC Foundation, at 800.728.7367, ext. 284.