Community Support

SMC Associates

The Santa Monica College Associates was established in 1981 by a group of community leaders committed to the College and its mission. The community-based support group promotes, fosters, and encourages scientific, literary, educational, and artistic endeavors at the College. Funds raised by the Associates are used to bring world-class guest speakers and special events to SMC to stimulate student excellence and enrich campus life. For more information, please visit the SMC Associates website at or call (310) 434-4303.

General Advisory Board

The Santa Monica College General Advisory Board is a College support group composed of diverse representatives from neighborhoods, businesses, and public and private agencies. General Advisory Board members serve at the invitation of the SMC Board of Trustees and the President of the College.

Through regular meetings, the General Advisory Board is kept informed about current offerings, future plans, and special events. General Advisory Board members also have the opportunity for informative exchanges with College leadership in an informal setting, as well as in-depth discussions with key staff in various SMC departments and programs. For more information about the General Advisory Board, please call (310) 434-4303.

Santa Monica College Foundation

The Santa Monica College Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation founded in 1956 to enhance the quality of education at the College by attracting individual, corporate, and other financial support. The Foundation operates as a private fundraising and “friendraising” organization separate from, but affiliated with Santa Monica College.

The Santa Monica College Foundation seeks and accepts contributions—which are tax-deductible for the donor—to support a variety of College programs, meet campus needs that may not be met by traditional avenues of funding, and lend a “helping hand” when the College needs it.

The Foundation administers both restricted and unrestricted gifts, donations, and bequests for the benefit of Santa Monica College and its students. One of the Foundation’s primary missions is to provide scholarships to SMC’s new, continuing, and transferring students.

For more information, please visit the Santa Monica College Foundation website at or call (310) 434-4215.

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