About Us

The Oakton Community College Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Oakton Community College. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, public charity governed by a community-based, volunteer Board of Directors.

Established in 1977, the Foundation was chartered to raise funds in support of the College. It provides funding and resources for Oakton that are not available through normal government and tax resources. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of sources, including individuals, corporations, and other foundations. It acts as a steward of donations to the College by assuring that all gifts are designated and spent in the manner specified by the donor.  

The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board of Directors develops policies to guide the activities of the Foundation. Each member brings to the Board a unique combination of experiences, skills, and perspectives that assist the Foundation in meeting its goal of enhancing the educational environment and enriching the learning community of Oakton.

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Howard S. Singer, President
Puamuh T. Ghogomu II, Vice President
August W. Schaefer, Vice President
Murray Sprung, Treasurer
Joianne Smith, College President
Katherine Sawyer, Executive Director (Ex Officio)

Board of Directors
Alyse Cohen Burman
The Wildbird Shack

Arnold D. Cowen
American Designer Cabinets (retired)

Ryan Elliott
First Bank of Highland Park

Julie Fenton

Hank Galatz
W.W. Grainger

Puamuh T. Ghogomu II
Walgreen Company

Joan C. Richards
Wheels Inc. (retired)

Natasha B. Richards
John Crane

Jeffrey Rodriguez
United Parcel Service

Katherine Sawyer (Ex Officio)
Oakton Community College Educational Foundation

August W. Schaefer
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (retired)

Howard S. Singer

Barbara Sipe

Joianne Smith, President
Oakton Community College

Murray Sprung
Sprung Financial Advisors Inc.

Corey Wise
Rivers Casino

Oakton Liaisons
Ann Tennes, trustee
Ruben Howard, administration
Luanne Olson, faculty
Tim Panfil, alumni

Directors Emeriti
Harry Tankus
John Crane, Inc. (retired)

Oakton Community College
Educational Foundation Office
1600 E. Golf Road, Suite 1500
Des Plaines, IL 60016

For more information, call 847.635.1893.