Educational Foundation

Enabling Student Success

The Oakton Community College Educational Foundation proudly supports the mission and vision of the College by raising funds for student scholarships, academic programs, teaching excellence, and capital improvements that enhance the quality of education at Oakton.

The Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the College and provides funding beyond what is available through government, tax resources and tuition revenue. Our work supports student success in a variety of ways. We help fund scholarships, provide funding for campus improvements and equipment acquisition, and support key student success initiatives. We also act nimbly to respond to unexpected needs and challenges. In 2020, for example, we authorized a $62,500 emergency grant to help pay for the purchase of Chromebook laptops. These allowed students without access to a computer to continue their studies online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Educational Foundation actively seeks contributions from individuals, corporations, family foundations and other charitable organizations. 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.

As a charitable organization serving the community, we are committed to operating in an open and accountable manner. To see some of our recent work and accomplishments, please view our annual report (Flipbook) (50.6 MB) online.

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

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The Foundation Board

The Board of Directors develops strategies and policies to guide the activities of the Educational Foundation in support of Oakton Community College. Each member brings a unique combination of experiences, skills and perspectives, as well as a sincere desire to help Oakton students succeed.

Officers

Carl F. Costanza, President
Howard S. Singer, Immediate Past President
Murray Sprung, Vice President/President-Elect
Jeff Coney, Treasurer
August W. Schaefer, Secretary
Joianne Smith, Ph.D., College President (Ex Officio)
Katherine Sawyer, CFRE, Executive Director (Ex Officio)

Board of Directors

Julie Fenton, J.D.

Hank Galatz, J.D.
W.W. Grainger

Kate Gallagher
Wintrust Bank

Puamuh T. Ghogomu II, J.D.
AbbVie

Kathy Lichtenstein
Rex’s Place

John Mabbott
Acuity Brands Lighting (retired)

John Madison
John Madison, Inc.

Joan C. Richards, Ed.D.
Wheels, Inc. (retired)

Natasha B. Richards
John Crane

Jeffrey Rodriguez
United Parcel Service
Author

Barbara Sipe

Nancy Sullivan
Illinois Ventures

Cindy Veremis
LSG Sky Chefs (retired)

Corey Wise
Rivers Casino

Ella Woodford-Parker
Ascension Holy Family Medical Center

Jodi Wrede
Allstate Insurance Company

Ex Officio Liaisons

Bill Stafford, trustee
Ruben Howard II, industry partner
Carol Bustamante, faculty
Tim Panfil, alumni