College of the Mainland Foundation received the GuideStar Exchange Silver Participation Level, a symbol of transparency and accountability.

GuideStar USA Inc., an organization that collects data on nonprofits’ finances, IRS statuses and missions, gave the recognition based on COM Foundation’s commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

"We believe in showing the community how their donations impact students’ lives," said Mary Ann Amelang, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of COM Foundation. "As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's online audience of nonprofits, grant makers and potential donors.”

To achieve the GuideStar Silver level, COM Foundation was required to submit documentation, including tax returns and audits.

COM Foundation awards more than 100 scholarships for tuition and textbooks per year, totaling more than $100,000, to students each year.
The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters.
COM Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of students since 1972. The fundraising arm of the college, the foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts from our alumni, friends, employees, corporations and foundations support and maintain the highest quality of education for our students through scholarships, vital student programs and instructional innovations across campus.

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