Palomar College Foundation

Meeting the Needs of Today and Tomorrow

Message From the Executive Director


The Palomar College Foundation is an association with a very rich tradition of student support due to outstanding volunteers and generous donors. Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, the Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to the campus, faculty and students. Through the years the Foundation has raised much needed dollars not covered by the state budgeting process. Along with annual events, individual and corporate donors have stepped forward providing endowment and major gift support to ensure the funding for one time capital projects as well as ongoing scholarship requirements.


Over the years our Foundation has grown to over $6 Million in assets and annual grant awards to the campus community is consistently in the quarter of a million dollar range. We are most grateful to our Foundation Board members for their dedication and the countless number of hours they provide each month ensuring our events and general fundraising efforts are successful and well received.

But important to mention, when speaking of our Foundation Board, is the very high level of integrity they demand of themselves and our staff here at Palomar College. The Foundation Board prides itself on quality donor stewardship and the management of an investment plan that takes advantage of the Bull Market and guards our donor recourses during those reoccurring Bear Markets.

Palomar College is the jewel in the crown of higher education in our territory. Our academic offerings are world class. Our programs in the arts not only educate our students, but also bring dance, music, drama and a general sense of a refined culture to our community. And as you consider the ongoing needs in the region’s workforce, we hope you will also recognize the outstanding job this institution does in ensuring qualified employees are dispersed annually to ensure our local economy thrives and expands.

When considering your philanthropic support each year, remember a gift to the Palomar College Foundation will enhance this wonderful institution and each dollar contributed will be managed professionally. A gift to Palomar is an investment in the future of our community and our students who live, work and play in this wonderful part of San Diego County.


Richard Talmo
Executive Director