Office of Philanthropy
The Folsom Lake College Office of Philanthropy, with the support of the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, works to enhance, promote and support Folsom Lake College and its centers through engaging employees, the community, alumni, emeriti, and friends. The office manages and supports all fundraising efforts for the college and Harris Center for the Arts.
The Folsom Lake College Development Council works to advance the future of FLC and the Harris Center through fundraising and advocacy. The Folsom Lake College Development Council raises funds through the Los Rios Colleges Foundation a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.
Phil Braverman, Steering Committee Community Member
Bryan Byrd, Steering Committee CA Earthquake Authority
Dr. Anthony Retodo, Steering Committee Kaiser Permanente
Cyrus Abhar, City of Rancho Cordova
Elaine Anderson, City of Folsom
Craig Burnett, Community Member
Terry Carroll, Style Media Group
Harry Elliott, Elliott Homes Inc.
John Knight, LRCCD Trustee
Ed Manansala, El Dorado County Office of Education
Robert McGarvey, City of Rancho Cordova
Mick Neshek, Kikkoman Foods, Inc.
Don Pearson, Inductive Automation
Marlyn Pino-Jones, Community Member
Randy Ross, Mercy Folsom
Chris Thompson, Wells Fargo
Thank you for considering a gift to Folsom Lake College and the Harris Center for the Arts. Your support is an integral part of our students' success every year. We encourage you to make a gift to the area of FLC that is most meaningful to you. Choose the method that's right for you to make a tax-deductible contribution. Explore current giving opportunities.
- Learn about faculty and staff giving
- Apply for a Mini Grant
- Join, Renew or Update Emeriti Association Information
- If you would like to start a departmental fundraising program, please contact the Office of Philanthropy.
- Provide a monetary gift to Folsom Lake College or the Harris Center for the Arts
- Join the El Dorado Center Patron's Club
- Volunteer for the Harris Center for the Arts
Folsom Lake College raises funds through the Los Rios Colleges Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization serving all Los Rios community colleges (American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City) and the Harris Center for the Arts. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent permissible under law. The fair market value of any benefits provided in return for a contribution may affect a portion of the gift which is the tax deductible. Donations should be made to "Los Rios Colleges Foundation." Federal Tax ID: 94-2506591.
Main Folsom campus
Aspen Hall FL1-9
Folsom Lake College
Office of Philanthropy
10 College Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
Folsom Lake College is more than tests, textbooks, and juggling schedules. Just ask Guelta Laguerre. Guelta traveled to California from her home country Haiti to study, and what a journey she is on.
Back home, Guelta attended a Mission of Hope school. The school relies on the generosity of sponsors who want to do their part for the children of a nation that suffers from severe illiteracy due to malnutrition and poverty. Only 50 percent of Haitian children ever attend school in the country that Guelta refers to as destitute.
The school’s sponsorship program is quite personal. Through photos and letters, each sponsor connects with an individual child. And that was the case for Guelta. What makes her story different is her devotion to her faith, her vow to get an education, and the tenacity of Guelta’s sponsor, a Rancho Cordova resident.
When Guelta graduated from Mission of Hope in 2012 and moved on, her sponsor didn’t. She kept wondering about her young student, and even traveled to Guelta’s Haitian village to search for her. With Guelta’s picture in hand, the traveling sponsor went up to villager after villager, gesturing to the picture with a questioning look on her face. Finally, a family friend of Guelta’s pointed her in the right direction. The student-benefactor relationship now had new meaning.
Guelta always wanted to help her fellow Haitians by going to college and learning to grow abundant crops to feed her starving nation. The United States was a logical choice to pursue her dream because it’s home to her newfound friend. However, a slight problem existed. Guelta didn’t speak English.
So instead of taking her first science class when she landed in Sacramento, she took English — at Sac State’s English Institute — as a second language learner. She studied and learned, worked hard and learned more. All while suffering personal loss and a sometimes-overwhelming guilt for not being there for family. Yet, she sailed through the English classes. Guelta was ready for college.
At Folsom Lake College, Guelta was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a student ambassador, club president of International Life and bound for UC Davis’ freshman class, 2018. There she is continuing her studies in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program.
Guelta has an active social life, and even has become accustomed to some American food (never chicken teriyaki). And what Guelta considers a gift from above, she now has two families. She will live with her sponsor family until the day she can return to Haiti and make a difference.
So far away from home, Guelta has found a home—at Folsom Lake College.
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