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Connecting with you is our priority. It is important to us to develop and nurture relationships between the college and alumni, current students, parents, donors, other friends of the college, businesses, service organizations, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. The resulting synergy helps transform students' lives—today and for generations to come.

The two foundations at Anoka-Ramsey are 501(c)(3) non profit organizations that function as avenues for gifts and grants that benefit the college and our students.

Community Newsletter

We invite you to read the Winter 2019 issue. Click the cover image below to view.

  • The Anoka Technical College Foundation, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation – Coon Rapids, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation – Cambridge takes pride in the accuracy and integrity of the fiscal management and financial reporting within all three foundations.  Staff and leadership within the three foundations are assisted in its day-to-day financial work through a contractual relationship with a reputable, national CPA firm, CliftonLarsonAllen.  This firm has significant expertise working with non-profits, foundations, and higher-education.  It is a well-respected firm that employs more than 4,500 professionals, including more than 1,800 CPAs, and serves approximately 150,000 clients across the country. 

    Every three years, CPA firms are required to obtain an independent peer review of their system of quality control for their accounting and auditing practice. The most recent peer review report received by CliftonLarsonAllen expressed a rating of “pass,” which is the most positive report that can be received.

    In addition, the three foundations undergo an independent financial statement audit once every three years. During the off years, each foundation undergoes an independent financial statement review by a well-established and reputable CPA firm, BerganKDV.  BerganKDV has more than 60 years of experience working with the nonprofit community. In the most recent independent financial statement audits for Anoka Technical College Foundation and Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Cambridge Foundation, the auditors have expressed an “unmodified” opinion.  Simply, an “unmodified” opinion is a clean opinion stating the financial statements are presented, in all material respects, in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework. The independent financial statement audit for Coon Rapids is scheduled for this year.  We expect an “unmodified” opinion at the end of this audit as well. 

  • Thank you for your support for Anoka-Ramsey students and commitment to higher education. There are a variety of giving options for you to consider.

    Donate Online

    Cambridge Campus
    Coon Rapids Campus

    Cash or Check Donations

    Mail to:

    Cambridge Campus Foundation
    300 Spirit River Drive South
    Cambridge, MN 55008-5704


    Coon Rapids Campus Foundation
    11200 Mississippi Blvd NW
    Coon Rapids, MN 55433-3470

    Pledge a Gift

    A pledge is a formal statement of intention to make a gift. Many donors choose to complete their gift pledge by making regular payments over time. Call 763-433-1130 or complete a donor card to arrange a pledge.

    Create a Scholarship

    (Endowment, Named & One-Time)

    Endowments typically bear the name of a donor, reflect the donor's interests and serve as an enduring testament to the donor's generosity. An endowment is a gift that is invested to generate interest. The Foundations offer two types of endowments:

    • Term endowment: minimum endowment of $25,000 -- negotiated after five years

    • True endowment: minimum endowment of $50,000 -- exists for perpetuity or until the status of the college/foundation changes 

    You are invited to contribute to a current endowed scholarship or start a new one. Call 763-433-1130 for information.

     In-Kind Gift

    An in-kind gift is a non-cash gift, usually tangible, including artwork, photography, medical equipment, and books. Non-tangible gifts could also include a service or gift certificate or coupon. To make an in-kind gift, please call 763-433-1130 to discuss the college’s or foundation’s interest in accepting the non-cash gift. If the college or foundation wishes to accept the gift, the donor bears the responsibility to complete the Acceptance of Non-Cash Gifts Form and submit it to the Foundation Office. NOTE: tax laws place the burden of appraisal on the donor. An in-kind donation valued higher than $5000 requires an appraisal.

    Matching Gift

    Many corporations have demonstrated their support for Anoka-Ramsey by matching or multiplying their employees' gifts up to a set amount. Ask whether your employer or your spouse’s employer participates in such a program. Certain restrictions apply to matching gifts; please consult your company's personnel office for further information.

    Planned Gift

    A planned gift is one that is made as part of your overall financial and estate plan. It can have immediate benefits for you and can help Anoka-Ramsey in the future. You may receive tax advantages, including charitable deductions for income, gift, and estate taxes. In many cases, you may also avoid a capital gains tax. Please consult your tax advisor to determine what the tax deductions that may apply to you.

    Ways to leave a legacy:

    • Bequest Intentions in a Will
    • Charitable Trusts
    • Charitable Gift Annuities
    • Gifts of Appreciated Securities or Other Property
    • An Endowment

    Real Estate & Securities

    When you give a gift of your home or real property, you may claim an income-tax charitable deduction based on the full market value of the gift, avoid capital gains taxes, and eliminate certain costs associated with the transfer of real property. Gifts of real estate can also provide income to you.

  • The Cambridge Campus Foundation encourages, accepts and administers gifts and grants that provide financial support for students and projects that would not be possible through regular college funding structures. The Foundation's primary goal is to make college affordable and accessible through scholarships to area residents who want to pursue post-secondary education.

    Board Members 2019-20

    Chair Christine Miller
    Vice Chair Paul Sanders
    Treasurer Kelby Jennissen
    Secretary Carrie Doom
    Directors Al Baas
    Adam Curtis
    Carrie Gibbs
    Mick Hartnett
    Judith Kissner
    Tim Nelson
    Julie Tooker
    Ex-Officio & Staff Kent Hanson, Ph.D. President
    Jamie Barthel, Executive Director
    Steve Crittenden, Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs
    Andrea Hevern, Administrative Specialist
    Lisa Sisson, Database Manager
    Faculty Representative Peter Wahlstrom
  • The Coon Rapids Campus Foundation promotes an awareness and understanding of the College and its educational, cultural and developmental value to the surrounding communities. Foundation volunteers accept donations for scholarships and other enrichment projects not provided through regular college funding.

    Board Members 2018-19

    President Mike Wolf
    Vice President MariBeth Olson
    Treasurer Scott Hudson
    Secretary James Hansen
    Directors Lora Anderson
    Pamela Demmer
    George Ellis
    Dan Erhart
    Tyler Eubank
    Timothy Fischer
    Sandi Hitch

    Greg Olson

    Jim Skelly
    Ex-Officio & Staff Kent Hanson, Ph.D. President
    Jamie Barthel, Executive Director
    Andrea Hevern, Administrative Specialist
    Lindsey Schiller, Development Director
    Lisa Sisson, Scholarship Coordinator & Database Manager
    Faculty Representative Patricia Pieper
    Student Representative Musawwar “Silver” Alvi
  • Scholardazzle
    Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

    Join us for one night to impact student lives through scholarships! Check back in Fall 2019 to register for next year's event.

    Thank you to our 2019 presenting sponsor First Bank & Trust and our sapphire, diamond, emerald, and ruby sponsors for supporting Cambridge Campus students. Thank you to all those who attended and donated time or gifts for making this year’s Scholardazzle successful.

    Golf Tournament
    Register for the 28th Annual Anoka-Ramsey Foundation Golf Tournament!

    The Golf Tournament is an annual fundraiser organized by the Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation. Annually the Foundation accepts sponsorships, registrations for 18-hole golf tournament. Golfers spend a gorgeous day on the course networking, have lunch and learn about the Foundation, College, and the students.

  • We are proud of our alumni and hope to continue to strengthen our relationship with you.

    Read success stories by our alumni

    We invite Anoka-Ramsey Alumni to:

    Share Experiences

    Contact us at 763-433-1130 or email

    From the courses to take at a particular college to career-specific advice based on the jobs you've had, you have experience that our students would benefit from sharing.  We would enjoying hearing from you.

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