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Higher education elevates not only the individuals that are learning, but the entire community. Expanding the base of people who pursue higher education will create the future leaders of the Elgin area and beyond.

Andy Robinson, member of the Spartan Legacy Society

ECC provides students with affordable education adhering to the highest academic excellence and accountability standards. Our programs prepare students for the workforce and to continue their educational journey. The ECC Foundation works diligently to help students achieve their educational and career goals through scholarship and programmatic investments. Your donation creates opportunities for ECC students to enrich their lives, future, and our community.


Your support will ensure the following:

  • Our community members have access to educational opportunities, regardless of their circumstances.
  • Excellence and innovation are rewarded.
  • The quality and capacity of ECC’s programs are maintained and grow as needed to serve our community.

Your gifts can be designated to:

  • Resources for Excellence Annual Fund – enhancing students’ learning experiences with classroom resources and leadership opportunities, awarding grants to inspire creative collaboration, and providing funding for other student needs.
  • Student Scholarships - giving students access to a life-changing education and rewarding academic achievement.
  • Academic Programs and Student Services - supporting a specific program or student activities area.

Gifts by Cash and Check

The Foundation accepts checks, cash, and money orders. Please make checks or money orders payable to:

  • ECC Foundation, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123  
  • Please do not mail cash.  

Online Donations

Make a secure gift with your credit card. Payment options include one-time gifts or installment/recurring payments.

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Stock Transfer

To make a gift of stock, please get in touch with the ECC Foundation for transmittal instructions so we can properly process your gift.


Gifts can be pledged and fulfilled over as many as five (5) years or another mutually agreed-upon timeframe. Please contact the ECC Foundation to establish your pledge agreement.

Will, Trust, Estate Plan, or Insurance Policy

The ECC Foundation has the tools to help you explore how a planned gift might be advantageous for you to make a lasting impact on ECC students and programs. When you include the ECC Foundation in our estate plans, please notify us, and you can become a member of the Spartan Legacy Society. Contact the ECC Foundation for assistance, or go to our website.

Memorials and Tributes

Designate your gift to the ECC Foundation in memory of a loved one or to honor a person during a special event such as a birthday, anniversary, or retirement.

Pathway to Knowledge Brick Campaign

Purchase an engraved brick to commemorate family and friends, mark milestones, or honor a professor who made a difference in your life. Bricks can be purchased for as little as $100. The inner circle and outer circle bricks are limited. Please email alumni@elgin.edu to confirm availability. Proceeds benefit the ECC Alumni Program. Brick Order Form - PDF

Rho Kappa Transfer Scholarship

The Rho Kappa Transfer Scholarship was established through the ECC Foundation with a $10,000 goal. This effort will help future members of the Rho Kappa Chapter of PTK reach their transfer goals. And be part of the Rho Kappa Transfer Scholarship story!

Matching Gifts

Your company might match your gift in support of education, which can double or even triple the value of your charitable contribution to the ECC Foundation. Contact your Human Resources department to obtain the necessary forms if your employer matches gifts.

In-Kind Gifts

ECC Foundation staff would be happy to help you explore how an in-kind gift might be mutually beneficial. Non-cash contributions are welcome when the college determines a need exists and obtain approval for the gift before acceptance.

For information on any of the above-giving opportunities or your charitable estate gifts to ECC, don't hesitate to contact ECC Foundation at 847-214-7377 or email us at foundation@elgin.edu.

Your professional advisors are the best sources of counsel for your financial and estate plans. Information provided on the ECC Foundation website is intended for educational purposes only.