Kingsborough Community College

Regina S. Peruggi
Kenneth D. Daly

As Brooklyn’s community college, Kingsborough Community College (KCC) is a comprehensive community college, offering a broad array of educational opportunities to a widely diverse student population originating from 110 countries and speaking 74 different languages. Kingsborough offers 28 programs and 20 specialized areas of concentration leading to associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science. Founded in 1963, KCC is the leading point of entry to higher education to approximately 30,000 students per year, most of whom are Brooklyn residents. For the academic year 2006-07, 14,689 Kingsborough students were enrolled in credit-bearing courses, and 20,945 in the college’s continuing education program.

The college ranks among the top 3% of the nation’s 1100 community colleges in awarding associate degrees and in the top 2% in awarding degrees to minority students. Located on a scenic 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn, KCC overlooks Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Private Philanthropy FY00 – FY09 — $7,287, 839
Projected Target through FY 2015 — $15,000,000

Philanthropic support to Kingsborough Community College during the campaign totaled over $7.2 million. Gifts to the Kingsborough Community College Foundation are directed to student scholarships, student support and faculty development.

Gift Highlights

  • Robin Hood Foundation provided over $1 million to support and fund the development and growth of KCC Learning Communities.
  • Manpower Demonstration Research Corp. donated over $900,000 for a national project designed to evaluate student success through learning communities.
  • Follett Higher Education Group contributed $150,000 to the KCC Foundation in support of student scholarships.
  • Ford Foundation awarded $100,000 to Kingsborough to assist colleges nationwide sustain and build Learning Communities based on the KCC model.
  • The Met Life Foundation funded an initiative designed to assist underprepared students seeking degrees in the Allied Health field in the amount of $150,000.
  • Independence Community Foundation gave $50,000 to support the growth and development of Kingsborough’s Black Male Initiative.
  • The Coleman Foundation provided $44,700 to fund Entrepreneurship Awareness and Education.
  • The May and Samuel Rudin Foundation donated $50,000 to establish an emergency book fund.

Look Who's Investing in Kingsborough Community College

National Grid

“When I was first asked to chair the Kingsborough Community College Foundation, I did so because I believed in the mission of the college. Kingsborough students have the same hopes, dreams and aspirations I had while growing up — and still living and working in — Brooklyn. Kingsborough is a great place for them to get started on those dreams.”

— Kenneth D. Daly

National Grid has contributed over $100,000 to the Kingsborough Community College Foundation through corporate and personal contributions. They have continued to provide student scholarships and corporate sponsorship for Kingsborough’s annual Seaside Splash Scholarship Fundraiser. In addition, National Grid also works directly with Kingsborough students in providing the opportunity for summer internships, mentoring, and Service-learning collaborations in both New York and London. More than 40 Kingsborough students have been employed by National Grid in the past few years. Mr. Kenneth Daly, CFA, National Grid Chief Financial Officer Global Gas Distribution, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation.

Khym Foundation

“The Khym Foundation is keenly interested in supporting college-level students who are economically disadvantaged but make their best efforts in schools for a better future. The ability to provide scholarships to promising students has been a great privilege for the foundation.”

— David Khym, Chairman Khym Foundation

Since 2005, the Khym Foundation has donated $46,000 to the KCC Foundation in support of student scholarships. The Khym Foundation is a non-profit, private organization established in 2004 by Mr. David Khym, President and CEO of Southpole and Wicked Fashions. Since its inception, the Khym Foundation has been involved in and sponsored various charitable, social and cultural activities. The Foundation has made a long-term commitment to fund social service projects including providing scholarships to low income community college students.