About the Delta College Foundation
During the 1950s, the demand for education beyond high school created tremendous support for a new community college to serve Bay, Midland and Saginaw Counties. In September 1961, Delta College opened its doors to approximately 2,600 students who hoped for a brighter tomorrow.
Located on a 640-acre campus complex in Bay County, the College enrolls more than 13,500 full- and part-time students annually from all walks of life. Delta College is a responsive, dynamic community college that educates, inspires, challenges and supports a diverse community of learners to achieve academic, professional and personal excellence.
The Delta College Foundation began in November 1978, when three men - Stuart Bergstein, Donald J. Carlyon and Everett Luce - signed articles of incorporation for a new organization. The Foundation became officially incorporated by the State of Michigan on January 12, 1979. The purpose of this tax-exempt entity was simple – "to receive and distribute gifts, bequests, contributions, grants, etc., for the benefit of Delta College."
The Foundation has ranked in the top 20 community colleges in the realm of fundraising since the mid 1990s, ranking as high as third in the nation in 1999 and again in 2015. In 2015, it also ranked as the top community college in Michigan in its fundraising efforts. Our current Board continues to ensure that financial support is being provided to Delta College students with a margin of excellence unlike any other institution.
Delta College raised $4,659,966 from the private sector in 2015. Included in the total was a portion of a large contribution in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Delta was awarded $4 million from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation — the second largest gift in the school’s 53-year history — to expand STEM education to local middle and high school students. The highlight of that grant, a STEM Explorer vehicle, has arrived on campus and will soon be premiered regionally.
The College has received almost $100 million in donations from the private sector since its founding. And, the market value of the College's endowment was at almost $20 million.
Today's Delta College students range from high school students taking classes to older adults returning to college for a fresh start. The main campus has been expanded and renovated (with more than $100 million in changes since 1999), and Delta College has established three off-campus centers – the Planetarium & Learning Center in Bay City, the Midland Center, and the Ricker Center in Saginaw – to better serve each community.