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Foundations & Alumni

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.

View the Cambridge FY20 Annual Report
View the Coon Rapids FY20 Annual Report

Make a gift to the  Cambridge Foundation.
Make a gift to the Coon Rapids Foundation.

State of the College

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the State of the College event planned for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The event will be rescheduled for Spring 2023 to provide an opportunity for more foundation friends to attend. We truly appreciate your support and look forward to providing you a future date and time for our gathering.

Community Newsletter

We invite you to read the Winter 2022 issue of Anoka-Ramsey's newsletter.


  • 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:

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    Contact us at 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.

    Stay Connected or ReConnect with Us

    Watch for events and other opportunities to gather, work or learn together with students, alumni, faculty and staff, and members of our greater community. Check the college calendar often to find a list of this semester’s featured events.

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  • 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 2021-2022

    Interim Chair Kelby Jennissen
    Vice Chair Judith Kissner
    Treasurer Kelby Jennissen
    Secretary Paul Sanders

    Al Baas
    Kirstin Bruss
    Adam Curtis
    Carrie Gibbs
    Wendy Leibel
    Christine Miller
    Peter Newton
    Julie Tooker

    Ex-Officio & Staff

    Kent Hanson, Ph.D. President
    Jamie Barthel, Executive Director
    Steve Crittenden, Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs
    Anna Reiser, Development Director
    Pamela Russell, Development Director
    Lindsey Schiller, Development Director

    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 2021-2022


    Lora Anderson

    Vice Chair

    Tyler Eubank


    Scott Hudson


    James Hansen


    Elizabeth Christensen
    Pamela Demmer
    Bob Ebsen
    Timothy Fischer
    Sandi Hitch
    Jared Keeney
    Nick Loehlein
    Greg Olson
    Todd Olson
    Jason Tjosvold

    Ex-Officio & Staff

    Kent Hanson, Ph.D. President
    Jamie Barthel, Executive Director
    Andrea Hevern, Administrative Specialist
    Anna Reiser, Development Director
    Pamela Russell, Development Director
    Lindsey Schiller, Development Director
    Lisa Sisson, Database Manager

    Faculty Representative

    Anita Schneider

    Student Representative

  • Cambridge Foundation FY20 Annual Report
    Cambridge Foundation FY20 Financial Statements

    Coon Rapids Foundation FY20 Annual Report
    Coon Rapids Foundation FY20 Financial Statements

    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. 

  • Making a Difference Virtual Event

    The Anoka-Ramsey Foundation’s first virtual event fundraiser, Making a Difference, was held on November 19, 2020 and focused on supporting students experiencing an unforeseen emergency crisis. The event fundraising goal was surpassed, and over $47,000 has been raised to help make a difference in students' lives through crisis grants!

    A special thank you to Hero Sponsors, Allina Health and the Ramsey Lions, and to Brave Sponsors, Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Sandi Hitch, and Sandy & Gary Campbell. Thank you to all of the generous donors and supporters for continuing to make a difference in the lives of Anoka-Ramsey Coon Rapids students.

    Make a difference today!


    Thank you to all who joined us at Scholardazzle, the premier fundraising event for the Cambridge Campus, presented by First Bank & Trust.

    The Scholardazzle event has raised more than $500,000 in the last ten years and has positively impacted our community and has supported Cambridge Campus students. Thank you to our sponsors, attendees, and supporters for helping to make a difference in the lives of our students!

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