The Foundation was established in 1979 to help ensure that Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) will be able to continue its contribution to the economic development of the area and the personal enrichment of the citizens of the Pee Dee. FDTC, one of sixteen comprehensive two-year technical colleges in South Carolina, serves the diverse educational needs of Florence, Darlington and Marion counties and is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. An open admissions college, FDTC provides quality, affordable transfer and career programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in an environment conducive to achieving excellence in teaching and learning.
The Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation Inc., is chartered in the State of South Carolina as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is separate from the college but operates exclusively for the benefit of the College. It is governed by a Board of trustees, of which the College President and one (1) member of the FDTC Area Commission, FDTC's governing board, serve as ex-officio members.
The FDTC Foundation acquires its funding from charitable contributions from businesses, industries, civic and professional groups, other foundations, alumni, and individuals. Gifts can be made in many ways and can be arranged to provide maximum tax benefits to the donor -- while providing generous support to the College.
Contributions to the FDTC Foundation may be in the form of cash, real or personal property, or securities. Bequests made through wills, insurance policies or trusts, which name the college as beneficiary, are another means of giving. The gifts may be designated (restricted) or unrestricted, and they may be made in one tax year or spread over several tax years.
The Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation supports programs and activities that promote the College's mission and goals by:
- Raising funds from private sources to provide scholarships and other support services needed by students.
- Enhancing the quality of education through acquisition of state-of- the-art instructional equipment and recognition of faculty and staff professional development endeavors.
- Fostering better public understanding of the college and encouraging wider participation in the College's community activities.
- Recognizing outstanding teaching and leadership.
- Funding special capital projects and facilities.
- Raising support for other special projects relating to the College.