Ways to Give

Giving to the Rio Hondo College Foundation

As a comprehensive community college, Rio Hondo offers many strong career-technical programs, such as nursing, fire and police academies, automotive and alternative fuels, a full transfer curriculum, and basic skills courses and services. The College also offers a rich complement of community service programs on campus and at satellite locations. The Rio Hondo College Foundation serves as the conduit to further support the students of Rio Hondo College through scholarships, direct aid, and program support.

For more information or to coordinate your donation, please email: foundation@riohondo.edu.

Give in way that works best for you

Annual Fund - Unrestricted and Restricted Funds

The Annual Fund provides direct and immediate support to the College’s most pressing operational needs including student programs, teaching equipment and technology, library materials, special campus & community events, and faculty/staff professional development. This fund houses unrestricted funds and can be used at the discretion of the Executive Director of the Rio Hondo College Foundation in conjunction with the Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College, with the approval of the Foundation Board of Directors. Gifts can be restricted to any academic or vocational area to be used for programmatic and curriculum needs. There is no minimum gift amount.


A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an attorney, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends, or Rio Hondo College Foundation as part of your estate plan, or you can make a bequest using a beneficiary designation form. Additionally, gifts can be designated as a full, partial, or contingent beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy. 

Endowed Student Scholarships

These gifts of $10,000 or more are invested in the Foundation’s endowed fund. Annually or biannually, interest is allocated to students, thus protecting in perpetuity the corpus. These endowments can be named and specifically designated.

Endowment Gifts

Endowment gifts to the Foundation provide long-term support to the College in the form of student scholarships in perpetuity, support positions and other significant and strategic priorities.

Capital Gifts

Even with state support the College must raise matching funds to ensure the development and renovation of campus facilities. These are specific gifts toward capital improvements on our campus including construction, renovation, or equipment purchases.


These are securities that are signed over to the Rio Hondo College Foundation that can be sold or retained by the Foundation for the benefit of Rio Hondo students and the College.

Corporate/Foundation/Government grants

These gifts are secured as a result of a competitive selection process based on submitted grant proposals.


These gifts are approved assets that are transferred through the Foundation to the ownership of the College or a specific campus department or program.