The Howard Brown Society

At Richland Community College, former President Howard Brown’s name symbolizes growth. In his four years as president of the college (1985-1989), he established a permanent location for the college and put many other plans into action.

Along with the College, Brown and his team had a huge vision for the Foundation. Dr. Howard E. Brown’s vision came true over the next 2 years when volunteers raised $2 million for students through charitable gifts. Today, the Foundation manages over $19M in assets.

To honor Brown’s vision and celebrate Richland’s 50th Anniversary, the Richland Community College Foundation is announcing the Howard Brown Society with a goal of increasing philanthropic revenues for Richland Community College, supporting operational needs, student success and capital priorities.

For the 50th Anniversary of Richland Community College, the Foundation has set a goal of inducting 50 inaugural members into the Howard Brown Society. By reaching this goal, the Foundation aims to continue the growth that Dr. Brown symbolized when he led Richland.

Join the Society

Howard Brown Society membership begins with an annual gift of $5,000 or a $10,000 endowed pledge paid over a three-year period. Richland Community College Foundation will establish its top priorities, but Howard Brown Society members will have the flexibility to designate their gift to the fund of their choice. These funds may include, but are not limited to:

  • Operational Needs
  • Student Assistant Fund
  • Investing in the Future Scholarship
  • Named Restricted or Endowed Scholarship
  • Capital Projects

While the program is philanthropic in nature, Howard Brown Society members will enjoy unique stewardship opportunities based on giving levels. Membership in the Howard Brown Society has many advantages, but the biggest perk is knowing that your gift will have an impact on generations of Richland students to come.

Gifts to Richland Community College Foundation and/or the Howard Brown Society are tax-deductible as allowed by federal income tax law.

Areas of Support

Operational Needs 

Gifts to the Howard Brown Society support Richland students by providing the Foundation with resources to educate and train tomorrow’s workforce. Contributions to the Howard Brown Society are the most impactful gifts to the Foundation because they directly provide resources for the greatest pressing needs of our students. 

Student Assistance Fund 

Howard Brown Society members cans support students facing exceptional financial hardship through the Student Assistance Fund. With a focus on removing any barriers that impact our students’ ability to persist and complete their education at Richland, we believe our Student Assistance Fund is a huge asset to our most determined students. 

Investing in the Future Scholarship 

Gifts to the Howard Brown Society can be designated to the Investing in the Future Scholarship. Your gift to this unrestricted scholarship provides tuition, books, and/or fees for Richland students who come to the Foundation with a variety of situations and unique circumstances that prevent them from receiving state and Federal aid or one of our traditional scholarships.

Named Restricted or Endowed Scholarship 

Howard Brown Society Members can designate their gift to establish a restricted or endowed names scholarship, establishing criteria that align with your interests and priorities. Scholarships are awarded for fall, spring, and summer semester and helps remove financial barriers to ensure all Richland students have equal access to receiving a quality education. 

Capital Projects 

Howard Brown Society donors have the ability to support Richland Students by enhancing or constructing facilities to better position our programs and students for success. Capital gifts may build new facilities, provide state-of-the-art technology and equipment, or enhance our classroom and campus spaces. Capital Priorities on the Richland Community Campus will be identified in the Master Plan. 

For More Information

To become an inaugural member of the Howard Brown Society, please contact the Richland Community College Foundation staff.

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