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More two-year schools are trying to follow a path long traveled by four-year public and private universities. However, some experts say the community colleges face special difficulties since many alumni tend to give loyalty and cash to the four-year colleges where they subsequently transferred and earned a degree.

In addition, the community colleges usually don't have the big league sports or scientific research that can attract donations. And because of the intermittent enrollments of many students, it is not always clear who is an alumnus, and it can be difficult to locate alumni.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors announced grants from the California Education Policy Fund to advance education reform efforts that can boost student achievement and college and career success in California, especially among disadvantaged students. Totaling $3.1 million, the grants will provide general operating support to eight well-established and newer organizations positioned to affect positive change in California’s education policies.

LOS ANGELES, October 28, 2009 — Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a national
leader helping nonprofits strengthen their financial health, today announced
that it is working with the California Community Foundation and the Bank of
America Charitable Foundation to launch a new "Nonprofit Sustainability and
Effectiveness Initiative" in Los Angeles. This initiative provides local
nonprofits facing financial challenges with working capital loans and
financial consulting services. This will be an unprecedented collaboration
among Southern California's largest foundations to address the root causes of
financial hardship among nonprofit organizations. Ultimately, this will ensure
that critical community needs are met by a nonprofit sector facing record
demands due to the economic crisis.

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