19 April 2019

Local Gifts Can Have a Transformational Impact on YOUR Community

By Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, vice president of college advancement at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and executive director of the HACC Foundation
Published on PennLive, April 18, 2019

As a nation, we have a lot of issues to tackle, including education, infrastructure and healthcare. You may think the only way to solve big problems is to look to Washington or multinational organizations to have a transformational impact. I’m pleased to share the story of an amazing Pennsylvania couple who thought differently and will change our community for decades to come.
 
On Sept. 19, 2018, I received a voice mail message from a local attorney. The message was simple but life changing. The attorney said one of his clients had left 70% of her estate to HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. What he said next rocked me to my core –the gift was valued at almost $1.3 million.
 
There are many intriguing aspects of this gift:
The gift will be used to fund innovative STEAM-related projects at HACC. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
 
If you know the importance of innovation and the importance of STEAM, then you know that this gift is less about HACC and more about enhancing Central Pennsylvania’s quality of life.

Because of this generous contribution from our donor, HACC faculty and staff will be able to implement innovative projects in support of STEAM:
Funding for STEAM innovation will ensure our students are using the most advanced technology and are participating in the most innovative programs that maximize their learning and prepare them for careers in their fields.
 
That means:
Eighty percent of HACC graduates remain in Central Pennsylvania after graduation. They are your neighbors, your children’s teachers, your firefighters, your law enforcement officers, your nurses, your photographers and your welders. They serve us and those we love. They do it well, because they are well educated. Their preparation at HACC was not free – it was partially funded by generous philanthropists.
 
If you ever have the opportunity to invest locally in innovation, please do so. No matter the amount, every contribution will count, and every contribution will make a difference. The return of investment of your philanthropy will be significant and may last for a lifetime – yours and those you love the most.