Dr. Mark Erickson
The 2019-2020 academic year will be one long remembered for the challenges we faced both as a region and in particular a campus community. The “new normal” we adopted at NCC required extraordinary effort and flexibility from our students, faculty and staff to provide a safe, quality learning environment as we navigated and continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has not been easy. Yet the entire NCC community has demonstrated great responsibility and resilience, and for that, I am so proud. Despite all that we have faced, we’ve been able to keep NCC moving forward, providing access to a top college education – online and on campus - in spite of the pandemic.
I remain so grateful to all of our supporters who helped our students continue their education when times got tough. Since the start of the pandemic, we raised almost $185,000 for our Spartan Aid fund, to help students with things like groceries and rent to bridge the gap for them so they could continue their education while dealing with furloughs and other financial consequences of COVID. Almost $30,000 of that came from our own faculty and staff.
It was also a time when we completed our most successful fundraising effort ever, generating more than $20 million through the Transforming Lives campaign to support students. For all this, I am so incredibly pleased, yet not surprised. That is, after all, the Northampton Way!
The Transforming Lives campaign came to a successful close in 2020, having raised more than $20 million, 17% over the original ambitious goal established. In the process, it became the largest, most successful fundraising effort in the history of the college.
The campaign’s tremendous success wouldn’t have been possible without generous donors, campaign volunteers and the NCC Foundation Board as well as faculty and staff members.
"Closing the financial gap for students for whom a college education is out of reach, allowing them to forever change the trajectory of their lives, was a major focus of the Transforming Lives campaign. Thanks to this success, we can expand the numbers of scholarships we can provide for students in need," said Dr. Mark Erickson, NCC president.
A big thank you to all!
More than $20 million raised
17% above goal
Nearly 2,700 donors in total
32% were new in Bethlehem and 59% were new in Monroe
540 faculty and staff gave over $ 600,000 in total
with a 75% participation rate
new scholarship funds were established
The receipt of the largest gift ever to NCC
$3.2 million from the estate of Brian Perin
Raised for the Follett Family Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Generosity of
THE LARGEST GIFT IN NCC HISTORY
The estate of Brian D. Perin, gifted through a bequest, $3.2 million to the Northampton Foundation to endow a Northampton Promise scholarship for students. Perin’s bequest is the largest gift ever in the college’s history. This fall semester, 35 students are already benefiting from his legacy through scholarships.
Perin, who had been co-owner of Grand Central Sanitation, would have been thrilled to know his gift is hard at work transforming lives.
“Brian was a very giving person, and it expanded beyond his death, as you can see. He loved animals, he loved music, there wasn’t too much he didn’t love. He loved food! If I ever wanted to see him, all I had to say was let’s go to lunch,” his sister-in-law, Linda Perin ’80, recalls.
Perin’s name, and his generosity, will live on through the Brian D. Perin Endowed Scholarship.
Nancy Carmona '17Presidential Ambassador Scholarship
"I didn’t have a whole lot of options when my dad lost his job. Northampton helped us get through that and made it easy for me to keep my scholarship."
In fall of 2019, NCC held its first Giving Day event in which alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends joined together to provide an opportunity for students to build a better life. The inaugural event raised $80,000 from nearly 600 donors. Thanks to all those who joined in the fun and excitement of the day and helped us transform even more lives! Our second successful Giving Day was held this October and raised more than $60,000.
Amadou Camara '19Felder-Palmer Architectural Program Endowment
"I wouldn't be here at Thomas Jefferson University if it wasn’t for Northampton Community College."
Allana Karo ‘15Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Recipient
"When I first graduated high school; I didn’t really think I was going to go to college. Receiving a scholarship made me feel like someone believed in my ability."
For the 2019-20 academic year, the college awarded $46.7 million in student aid to 7,160 students. The unmet need was $37 million. Without assistance from an outside source, this puts a higher education out of reach for many of our students. Scholarships provide an opportunity for those with no other options and endowed scholarships create an enduring legacy while benefitting generations of students. We are pleased to announce that due to the generosity of our donors, this year NCC has added multiple new scholarship opportunities for our students, bringing the number of total scholarships offered by NCC’s Foundation to 373.
Joan & Chuck HannigTransforming Lives Honorary Chairs, Monroe Campaign
"NCC’s caring community is just one of the many reasons why we are such huge fans of the college."
Statement of Receipts and Disbursements
Total Disbursements & Transfers
Total Investment Pool: $62,724,929
Himil Desai '18Sharon and Kenneth Kochey Scholarship Endowment
"I've gained so much, and without donors' help, I don’t think any of it would have been possible."
Thanks to our donors, each year many students are able to continue their education at NCC. The generosity of our valued supporters makes a difference in our students' lives and inspires us all.
Northampton’s Heritage Society is made up of forward-looking donors who have planned a gift through a bequest, trust, life insurance policy or similar provision as a means of creating a lasting legacy. This past year, several new friends made this commitment to the college, increasing the membership total to almost 100.
Northampton’s Lifetime Giving Societies recognize donors who have made a significant financial commitment to the college. In 2019/2020, 16 donors joined the ranks of our most dedicated supporters, bringing membership in all societies to 244. Thanks to our loyal supporters who have earned membership in the following lifetime giving societies:
($1 million plus)
($500,000 - $999,999)
($250,000 - $499,999)
($100,000 - $249,999)
($50,000 - $99,999)
Special thanks members of our Foundation and Advisory Council boards whose tireless efforts have made possible our success of the past year.