By Todd Cohen
TROY, N.C. — This fall, Montgomery Community College in Troy will offer students a new curriculum in hunting and shooting sports management.
To develop the program, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Newtown, Conn., gave the school a $25,000 planning grant and a $50,000 startup grant.
And the school expects to receive another $50,000 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to cover first-year costs, and has generated interest on the part of a prospective donor to help enlist other donors to create an endowed scholarship for the program.
Responsible for fundraising efforts for the school is the Montgomery Community College Foundation, a nonprofit entity that traditionally has focused on securing endowment support for scholarships and in recent years has generated significant increases in private contributions.
Reactivated in 1996 to undertake a five-year effort to raise $500,000, the foundation hit its goal, and received an additional $400,000 in matching funds from state lawmakers.
And in 1999, the school launched its first annual fund drive, setting a goal of $30,000.
The annual fund raised $150,000 in each of the fiscal years ended June 30, 2005, and June 30, 2006, and was on track to raise over $170,000 for the most recent fiscal year.
The expanded fundraising effort will be key for Montgomery Community College as it prepares for several capital campaigns to address the need for facilities and equipment, says Mary Kirk, the school’s president.
The foundation already has raised $500,000 for a new building to house its forestry-management program, one of only a handful in the United States.
The college will be seeking private donation for the remaining $150,000 needed to construct the building.