CIC's State Fund Program

  • 2015 State Funds Annual Conference
    The State Funds Annual Conference provides State Fund Member executives and fundraising staff with a forum for face-to-face networking and an opportunity to share best practices with colleagues.
  • Capacity-Building Grants Awarded

    ​The Council of Independent Colleges announced that $5,000 Capacity-Building Grants to enhance or expand capacity to raise money to support their programs and member colleges were awarded to State Funds in Arkansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, and Texas.

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  • National Venture Fund Grants Awarded

    ​CIC recently awarded $80,000 to support collaborative programs to benefit member colleges and the students they serve in Nebraska, Ohio, and Virginia.

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As part of its mission, CIC provides support and member services for its State Fund members, state-based consortia that generate financial resources for, and coordinate beneficial collaborative program among, member independent colleges and universities in their respective states. Member services include conferences and other professional and organizational development opportunities. In addition, State Fund Members are eligible for grant support from CIC from the $40 million endowment dedicated by the initial donor—the UPS Foundation—to the advancement of the mission and programs of the State Funds Members. Among the signature grant programs benefitting State Fund Members is a scholarship program honoring UPS:
  • UPS Scholarship Program - Provides over $1 million each year in scholarship support for students at State Funds' member colleges.
  • National Venture Fund - Supports innovative, collaborative projects benefitting State Funds' member colleges.
  • First Opportunity Partners Fund - Supports initiatives to enhance access and success for low-income, minority, first-generation, and new American students.
  • Capacity Building Grants - Provide seed money for State Funds to develop or enhance their regional fundraising initiatives.
  • Scholarship Challenge Grants - Provide leverage for the State Funds to raise additional money for scholarships at their member colleges.