About Us

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The Harper College Educational Foundation was established in 1973. Since its inception, the Foundation’s mission has been to support the educational service of William Rainey Harper College and, to this end, to receive, invest and steward contributions for the financial support and benefit of the College in accordance with the Foundation’s policy and donor specifications.

Through the years, the Foundation has matured into a not-for-profit organization that has instituted best practices for foundations affiliated with public community colleges. Its Board of Directors continues to monitor those practices and procedures in order to improve continually the operations of the Foundation. By forging strong relationships with community and corporate leaders, the Foundation has helped to create a nationally recognized community college and a strong foundation for the future.


The Harper College Educational Foundation strives to provide all Harper College students with opportunities to transform their lives and enrich the community through education without financial barriers.


The Harper College Educational Foundation connects the college to the greater community, alumni, businesses and leaders by inspiring and aligning donor passion and generosity through philanthropic support for students and program enrichment.

Strategic Plan

View a PDF version of the Harper College Educational Foundation's Strategic Plan here.

Harper College Educational Foundation
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067
Ph: 847.925.6490
Email: foundation@harpercollege.edu 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of cyber-attacks on businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

The Harper College Educational Foundation takes the protection and appropriate use of donors' and alumni information serious. We will never ask for your social security number or bank routing number via electronic communication or on our website, nor will we ever sell your contact information to a third party.

Last Updated: 4/1/24