Priorities for the $30 Million Gift
How LBCC will use the donation to benefit its community


On June 15, 2021, Long Beach City College (LBCC) received a gift of $30 million from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This is the single largest donation the College has received in its almost 95-year history, and one of the largest single-donor gifts given to a California Community College. The award was given in recognition of LBCC’s leadership and transformative work in responding to the College’s changing demographics, closing equity gaps, and work in racial justice. For more information, please see the LBCC press release.

The funding priorities are as follows:

  • Improve student academic outcomes by addressing racial equity gaps
  • Engage in race-conscious and equity-minded practices that promote an inclusive and affirming campus environment
  • Increase holistic support services for our most vulnerable students

LBCC plans to dedicate a portion to student scholarships and also maximize the gift by investing a portion that will yield additional revenue in years to come. The remainder will be used to fund impactful LBCC programs, activities, and initiatives in the next five years.

Suggestions Are Welcome

Do you have a great idea for a program, activity, or initiative that LBCC could implement in the next five years? We invite suggestions from students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. 

Please complete this brief form before October 31, 2021.

Questions? Please contact Director, Special Projects, Erin Murphy.