The St. Petersburg College Foundation is pleased to present its inaugural speakers series event. Proceeds from the event will support the Foundation’s Scholarship Initiative. With more than 60% of the College’s annual enrollment of 45,000 relying on tuition assistance, scholarships play a critical role in the success of our diverse student population and help ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills necessary to sustain the economic vitality of our community.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh.
For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Reagan in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education.
Wozniak has made significant investments of both his time and resources in education, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and authored the New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult icon. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
Join us for a lively, interactive discussion with one of the most important innovators of our time. Steve Wozniak, or “Woz”, takes a customized approach to each appearance to ensure a topical focus that is unique and conversational.
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About St. Petersburg College Foundation
The Foundation accepts and prudently manages all gifts including cash, securities, property, bequests and trusts, and helps advance the objectives of the college through a broad range of scholarships and program grants. Led by a prominent Board of Directors who represent a diverse mix of professional, business and civic leadership, the Foundation seeks to create an environment of collaboration and support between the college and a broad constituency of stakeholders.
Under the expert direction of the Foundation board, and in partnership with outstanding college leadership and an exceptional staff, the Foundation has experienced significant growth over the past several years. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, revenues approached $1.9 million (excluding in-kind gifts).
Support for scholarships, by far the Foundation’s largest initiative, exceeded $800,000, while gifts to other Foundation programs were over $550,000. Operating expenses, excluding College support, were under $150,000.
Through the largess of a loyal and growing donor base, the Foundation made more than 2,000 scholarship awards totaling in excess of $1.58 million during the 2014-15 academic year. Additionally, contributions of $86,090 to the Foundation’s First Generation Fund were matched dollar-for-dollar by the state and accounted for another 424 scholarships awarded by the college.
Since its founding in 1979, the Foundation has been fortunate to have the involvement of an outstanding Board of Directors. The active participation of the men and women who serve in this capacity has been paramount to ensuring the growth and success of the organization.
The 19-member board governs the Foundation and oversees the management of financial assets exceeding $59 million. Under the leadership of Chairman Bill McCloud, the Foundation has focused its energies on building and engaging its Board. During this time, seven new members, representing a diverse range of skills and expertise, have been elected to the board. In addition to board-elected directors, the Board includes three ex-officio members: the President of SPC; the Vice President for Institutional Advancement / Foundation Executive Director; and the Associate Vice President for Financial and Business Services. Each director also serves on one of the following committees: Executive, Finance & Investment, Governance and Development & Events.
This year, the board will further develop its strategy to grow support, expand community outreach, strengthen ties with existing partners and develop strategies to create new alliances, particularly with local business leaders who are natural partners and key beneficiaries of the college’s work. It is the vision of the board that these efforts will help generate increased visibility for the college and the key role it plays in preparing a highly skilled workforce.
The St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation chartered under Florida statutes, and is a direct support organization of St. Petersburg College. In support of the vision and mission of SPC, the Foundation promotes the practice of philanthropy through partnerships with the community and accepts and prudently manages all gifts including cash, securities, property, bequests and trusts.
Second Annual Distinguished Speaker Event featuring David Brooks
Distinguished Speaker Series
St. Petersburg College
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
253 5th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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