At Santa Monica College we are dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration, challenges and supports students in achieving their educational goals, and prioritizes the full potential development of individuals from all backgrounds. SMC students learn to contribute to the global community as they develop an understanding of their relationship to diverse social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and natural environments. SMC continues to be the leader :
- #1 in Transfers to UC and CSU campuses, USC and LMU
- #1 in Transfers among Black and LatinX students to UCs and CSUs
- 29,000 students pursuing degrees in 100+ majors
- 52% first-generation college students
- 75% need tuition assistance
Your generosity directly translates into degrees, careers, dreams achieved, and a stronger global community.
While we are a public college approximately 73% percent of SMC’s budget comes from the state of California. That is why private support is so important. You gift to Santa Monica College acts not only as a vote of confidence in the students but also a powerful investment in the people and projects touched by SMC students everywhere.
The ID number for gifts to the Santa Monica College Foundation is 95-6047779.
If you made your gift online, you will receive a receipt for your gift immediately by return email. That email will contain a link to a permanent gift receipt.
If you made a gift by mail/check, please expect to receive your acknowledgement within a month.
To request a copy of your gift receipt from a past gift, please email or call us with the following details:
- Donor name
- Date of gift (or approximate)
- Amount of the gift
- Your email address or best address to mail the gift receipt
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.434.4215.
Nothing feels better than being able to leverage your gift to the SMC Foundation. Corporate matching gifts are a perfect way to increase the size of your gift without digging more deeply into your pocket. Many corporations will match your charitable contribution to SMC Foundation. While most companies will match dollar for dollar up to a specified amount, some companies will double or even triple your gift.
To find out if your company will make a match, simply ask your human resources or personnel office. If they do, request the matching gift form and send it in to SMC Foundation along with your donation. For more information, please contact our offices at 310.434.4215 .
The Santa Monica College Foundation Annual Fund and the Greatest Need Fund allow Santa Monica College to support students who have the grit and talent to make a better world for generations to come. Your donation to the Annual Campaign or the Greatest Need makes college dreams possible by supporting emergency assistance, basic needs (food and housing) assistance, textbook aid, and the fostering of lively scientific, literary, recreational, and educational programs including the visual and performing arts, broadcast, and more.
An endowment is a fund established by gift in which the donor has imposed restriction that the principle remain intact; only income and growth from the principle can be used to support the stated purpose of the fund.
Scholarships and funding for special areas of the college may be established as an endowment at Santa Monica College.
A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Commonly donated through a will or trust, planned gifts are most often granted when the donor has passed away. Planned gifts can be an advantageous way for you to support Santa Monica College. Not only are they a great vehicle to create a lasting legacy, but they can also provide special benefits to you like guaranteed lifetime income and charitable tax deductions. If you would like to learn more about this type of giving to Santa Monica College please call 310.434.4215 or email email@example.com
Click here to learn more about the SMC Foundation Legacy Fund
Enjoy exclusive experiences, recognition and events when you support Santa Monica College students as a member of SMC Foundation’s President’s Circle. President's Circle members annually contribute a gift ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
Making a gift to Santa Monica College has never been easier. You may use your credit card, check, money order, electronic funds transfer, or even give appreciated stock or other assets. For more information on the many ways to give, visit How to Give page or click here to go to our online donation page
Some funds may not be available for online giving. Please contact the Foundation to make your gift by calling 310.434.4215 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many ways to get involved and support Santa Monica College 💙
- Donate a car or other vehicle
- Join the alumni group
- Volunteer to talk to prospective students
- Volunteer to talk to current students
- Attend events
- Keep up to date with the latest news
Let us know how you would like to help! Reach out to us at the Foundation at 310.434.4215 or emailing email@example.com
Gifts of Personal Property
When you give The Foundation products, you are making a “Gift-in-Kind.” These gifts fall under special IRS rules and regulations, and The Foundation makes sure that we follow these rigorously.
For example, the IRS does not allow us to provide you with the dollar value of your in-kind gift. This doesn’t mean that your gift has no worth—on the contrary— your in-kind gift is important and appreciated, but only you can put a price tag on your gift. If you value an in-kind gift at $500 or more, you will have to submit IRS form 8283 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8283.pdf) with your tax return. For gifts you value at over $5,000 the IRS also requires an independent third-party appraisal.
Gifts of Time and Service
While your time and your talent are invaluable to us, and we truly appreciate our volunteers who make our work possible, the IRS will not allow you to take a tax deduction for either your time or your services
Yes! Click the link theEmployee Payroll Deduction form and return it to the Foundation. Your recurring monthly gift through your pay check benefits thousands of SMC students each and every year.
- Download and complete the fillable Payroll Deduction Form below.
- Return the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to
Santa Monica College Foundation
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
If you will be making the gift online, please use the link below and check Tribute
If you will be mailing in a check, please write your memorial dedication in the Memo and include a note with the name and address to whom we will send your dedication.
If you will be making the gift online, please use the link below and check the box "I would like to make my gift anonymous" under the address block.
If you will be mailing in a check, please write in the memo "Remain Anonymous"
Thank you in advance for donating monthly! 💙You can set this up online using these instructions:
- Use the link below to go to the donation form
- Select "Recurring Gift" button so that it is blue.
- Select the amount you would like to give on a monthly basis or click "Other Amount" and type in the amount you prefer.
- Select a date for the gift to be charged
- Fill in the remaining information
- Click "Give Securely"
You will see a charge on a monthly basis in your account from SMC Foundation Blackbaud
Make a Recurring Gift
Yes, SMC Foundation does accept gifts through the Venmo app.
The Username on Venmo is
Use these four digits to verify the phone number 7778
Please note: Because of the way Venmo works we are not able to send receipts or acknowledgements
for Venmo gifts (though we are very grateful!! 💙) Please use our website to give online
or send a gift by mail if you need a receipt of a gift for tax purposes.
SMC Foundation does not otherwise currently accept Cryptocurrency.
Please make checks payable to "SMC Foundation," write "Greatest Need" in the memo line or designate your gift as you prefer, and mail to:
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Your gift can be designated to support a variety of important areas at SMC.
First, your support for SMC's Annual Fund which goes to the Greatest Need is always very much appreciated. These gifts are directed to be applied to emergency uses for students and programs that require urgent funding.
To explore more options for designating your gift, please visit our Areas to Support page.
To set up a fund that doesn't already exist for a department or special program, please fill out the form below and email or mail it to SMC Foundation
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993.