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BC3 Education Foundation

The BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501 © (3) charitable organization established to support Butler County Community College. The Foundation acquires and manages private funds for the benefit of BC3.

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Our Mission

Butler County Community College Education Foundation enhances the experiences of BC3 students by providing external resources to support the college's mission. As the private fundraising organization of the College, the Foundation is a driving force that links the community, students, alumni, businesses, organizations, and foundations to an environment of innovation, energy, creativity, and accomplishment.

Our Vision

Butler County Community College Education Foundation eliminates financial barriers enabling the college to fulfill its mission.


Education Foundation History



  • Long time Foundation Board Chairperson, Sue Bennitt, is memorialized with a named endowed scholarship by the Foundation
  • Kelly Giles, Owner-Future POS, and Nancy Hunter Mycka, Vice President-Hunter, Executive Vice President-Hunter Family of Companies, welcomed as members of BC3 Education Foundation Board members
  • Foundation establishes term limits for members
  • XTO Energy, Inc. makes a gift of $100,000 to support development of Energy Technology program at BC3
  • Foundation endorses comprehensive fund raising campaign based on positive results of feasibility study. The campaign will transform how students learn, support emerging careers and boost the number and value of scholarships
  • Alcoa Foundation makes gift of $25, 000 to support outdoor classroom at the BC3 Childrenís Creative Learning Center
  • $654,000 in private support



  • Foundation achieves EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) eligibility for Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Corporate contributions through EITC reach $96,000
  • Mo Goodwin from Sam's Club, Tony Shakely from Armco Credit Union and Lew McEwen, attorney welcomed as new BC3 Education Foundation Board members
  • Foundation authorizes contract for comprehensive fund raising campaign feasibility study to Armistead Group, LLC
  • Feasibility study completed in December
  • $350,561 in private support



  • Carol Achezinski, Vice President NexTier Bank, welcomed as new BC3 Education Foundation Board member
  • Succop Conservancy transferred to Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania ASWP. Mineral rights retain by BC3 Education Foundation, Inc.
  • RFP for student housing feasibility study partially funded by gift to Foundation
  • Farmers National Bank of Emlenton becomes title sponsor of Foundation Golf Outing. Net proceeds increase by 20%
  • Foundation receives largest bequest ever from Bertram E. and Esther Shaffer Estate in the amount of $334,772
  • Foundation support of student scholarship at highest level with $151,000 and 25 students receiving Presidentís Scholarship
  • $662, 533 in private support



  • Ruth Purcell hired as new Foundation Director
  • Foundation obtains financing through FNB for the renovation and construction of BC3 at LindenPointe, a $3MM project
  • Conservancy Committee of the Foundation formed to implement new agreement and develop plan for financial sustainability
  • Oak Hills Legacy Dinner expanded to include scholarship recipients
  • Three endowed scholarships are created to memorialize Trevor Barkley, Sam Bucci and Elijah Lunsford – three Seneca Valley High School students killed in a car accident in 2010
  • $517,114 in private support



  • Extreme Croquet fundraiser held at Conservancy, raises $17,000
  • Marketing position funded to implement strategic marketing plan
  • Bill Speidel retires from Foundation
  • $307,986 in private support



  • Event Shelter constructed at The Conservancy
  • Exterior renovations on the Conservancy Barn includes a new roof
  • Notified of a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Jane Preston



  • Support from the Foundation to the College exceeded $1,045,800
  • Eaton Cummings conducted a Capital Campaign Feasibility Study



  • Foundation funding helps create Founders Hall
  • Oak Hills Legacy Dinner recognizes Distinguished Alumni & Donors
  • Memorandum of Understanding enacted by the College & Foundation
  • Full time Director hired for The Succop Conservancy
  • Grants from the Heinz Endowments totaled $410,000



  • Full-Time Alumni/Annual Campaign Director hired
  • 9th Annual Golf Outing - $ 43,000
  • First Distinguished Alumni Awards Program
  • First Pioneer/Alumni Golf Outing
  • Pioneer Perspective Newsletter published



  • Capital Campaign concludes - raised $4.4 million. College family - $120,000



  • Charitable Gift Annuity program initiated
  • Science, Technology & Cultural Center opens-private gifts contribute more than 25% of cost



  • 30 acres sold to Butler Country Club.
  • Remaining 50 acres accepted creating the Succop Conservancy



  • 30 acres of Succop property accepted
  • $3.2 million in Morgan Stanley Flexible Agreements, Inc. from gifts to the Capital Campaign



  • First Capital Campaign announces $3.5 million goal



  • Planned giving program instituted.
  • Planning study for Capital Campaign conducted



  • Foundation provides a $5,000 grant to assist in the creation of an Alumni Association



  • Annual Campaign raises $110,000
  • First Annual Golf Outing - $15,000



  • Full-Time Executive Director for the Foundation hired.
  • Painchaud Chair for Metrology created - $155,000



  • Annual Campaign launched - $32,000
  • Staff provided by current administration and part-time secretary



  • Foundation Board organized and held its first meeting
  • Private gifts held by the college transferred - $55,000



  • Butler County Community College Education Foundation chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Contact Education Foundation

Ruth Purcell
Executive Director of BC3 Education Foundation, Inc.
724-287-8711, Ext. 8368


Michelle Jamieson
Associate Director of BC3 Education Foundation, Inc.
724-287-8711, Ext. 8235


Ruthi Orloski
BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. Secretary
724-287-8711, Ext. 8161



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