MiraCosta College Foundation Executive Director
Linda Fogerson is committed to help ensuring that any student, no matter their economic lot in life, can get a college education. Which makes her a perfect for her role as fundraiser in chief and executive director for the MiraCosta College Foundation and Development Office.
In 2012-13 alone, the MiraCosta College Foundation supported more than 1,400 students with scholarships, free textbooks, free computers, and emergency financial assistance, while also spending more than $615,000 in support of college programs.
Since she was named to the post nearly a decade ago, the Foundation has secured more than $11.2 million in grants and donations while doubling the size of its endowment to $6.6 million, building the Foundation’s total assets to more than $8.8 million today. The growth has enabled the Foundation to spend $4.5 million in support of the college’s students, academic programs and priorities.
“I love fundraising because the results are so tangible, students get help to pay their fees, buildings are enhanced and new academic programs are launched,” Fogerson said. “We are committed to helping students who may not otherwise have a chance to finance their education. They’re working while trying to pay their way through school. I find it very gratifying to work on behalf of our students.”
Fogerson didn’t initially plan for a career in philanthropy. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science, she worked for three years at the Ventura County Star-Free Press before using those same skills as a press secretary for Assemblywoman Lucy Killea. She left that job after three years to serve as external affairs coordinator for the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.
It was while she was at UC San Diego that Fogerson found her calling as a fundraiser for worthwhile causes. Fogerson was responsible for philanthropic giving at Cal State San Marcos for nearly a decade before moving to MiraCosta College in 2005.
She has no regrets.
“As the cost of higher education escalates, community colleges remain one of the few beacons of opportunity where anyone – regardless of their socio-economic status – can obtain a first-rate education,” Fogerson said. “Maintaining high quality instruction and open access is, more and more, becoming a question of adequate resources – scholarships for students, financial support for innovative and effective academic programs, and augmented resources for new or enhanced facilities.”