RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite the recession, the Wake Tech Foundation posted its best fundraising year ever in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, exceeding $1 million in cash contributions for the first time.
Total cash contributions to the foundation, which raises money for Wake Tech Community College, totaled $1.17 million, compared to $390,000 in five years earlier.
Spurring the big fundraising increase was "Fostering Bright Futures," a program it launched in September 2008 to help former foster children in Wake County attend Wake Tech.
Total cash and pledges to the program now exceed $600,000, including $150,000 over three years from SAS Institute; $50,000 from Wake County; $50,000 over two years from Jim Holmes.
Cash contributions from Wake Tech employees totaled $63,000 for the fiscal year, up from 31,000 five years earlier.
Mort Congleton, who joined Wake Tech in April 2005 as executive director of the Wake Tech Foundation and also serves as the school's vice president of development, also has been appointed director of Region 4 for the Council for Resource Development.
The council supports over 1,500 development specialists at 700 community colleges across the U.S.
As regional director, Congleton's task will be supporting the needs of development specialists at community colleges throughout the Southeast.
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