Campaign Priority Areas
SKCF is evolving! As we are deepening the alignment of our work with the dynamic needs of SKC, our philanthropic priorities are becoming more integrated than ever. We are excited to begin introducing new campaigns that support SKC’s four mission objectives:
Access & Success
Research & Service
These four areas will offer new filters for community engagement, advocacy, and funds raised. We look forward to staying connected with you as this important work continues to take shape.
SKC emboldens Cultural Perpetuation through a variety of enriching activities, programs, and even the physical campus itself. Implementing these meaningful experiences and connections happens through Native language education, art instruction, and engagement, cultural gatherings, among other important institutional opportunities. As SKC seeks continued introduction to and integration of cultural tenets and priorities,SKCF is uniquely positioned to advocate and build support for them!
SKCF is elevating the following important projects and programs, for which donations to our Cultural Perpetuation Campaign will be applied:
- Cultural Gatherings and Events (Encampment, Art Shows, Guest Lectures, Potlucks, and Demonstrations)
- Native American Arts (art shows, workshops, guest artists, or community presentations)
- Native Language Preservation and Empowerment [Salish Language Educator Development (SLED) and Our People’s Voice]
Access & Success
A primary barrier facing SKC students in reaching their goals of higher education is funding. Even with a reasonable fee structure and reduced tuition rates for Native American students, our students bring a high unmet need in order to complete even one year of college. SKCF is proud to be SKC’s primary source of private scholarship funding and has been for over 30 years. The SKCF scholarship program is a critical source of access for our students and presents an ongoing opportunity for growth.
Once students gain access and realize college success, SKCF serves as a bridge to staying connected. In expanding our reach and celebrating those who have successfully completed degrees, SKCF is creating a robust new alumni association with exciting opportunities for social connection, professional networking, and integration with current SKC people and programs. This effort will facilitate communication among alumni and the SKC community, celebrate alumni achievements, cultivate donor relationships, and even provide mentorship opportunities between alumni and current students.
Research & Service
There are many ways research and service are delivered separately at SKC, but there are also unique ways in which they go hand in hand. “Service learning” is an approach that represents the best of this intersection. Through community-based focus areas such as youth development, education, or natural resource management for example, students can deepen their understanding of their discipline while giving back to our community at the same time. Coupling service learning components with additional training and projects, a more formalized leadership development certificate program is being considered for highly motivated students to further expand their skills and experience. Additionally, with SKC’s dedication to serving the local community, stand-alone community service projects will also be supported by donations made to this campaign, including larger events like the annual Community Service Day.
Quality education cannot be achieved without high quality, engaged instructors and motivated staff leadership across campus. SKCF is contributing to these ongoing priorities by raising funds to offset expenses for professional development pursuits such as trainings, conferences, and certifications of our SKC faculty and staff. To further support the quality of SKC’s educational experience, this campaign also includes a focus on funding for related facility improvements and classroom enhancements, including technology equipment, program supplies, and lab upgrades.
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