OCCC Foundation welcomes new Development Director

Giving is in Andi Spirtos’ DNA. And now she’s sharing that spirit with the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation.

Andi Spirtos

“My paternal grandmother was Amish, and from my youngest days it was ingrained in me to give,” said Spirtos, who was named the OCCC’s Foundation Development Director late last month.

If a spirit of giving is foundational to Spirtos, so is a belief in the power of higher education.

“Education is an important component of advancement,” she said. “I was the first girl in my family to go to college, and I am a firm believer in education, and in OCCC.”

Spirtos knows Lincoln County and Oregon Coast Community College. She recently worked in development on behalf of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and has served as a volunteer member of the board of the OCCC Foundation since 2017.

Spirtos said she knows many other Lincoln County residents share her beliefs in the power of education and of community colleges.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from those who would like to learn more about how they can make a difference in this vital institution, and in the lives of our students and their families,” she said.

In addition to once practicing law and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Andi is also an author and editor. Her book “Not in My Wildest Dreams” was published in 1995, and she was co-editor and author of “Cutting Edge Technologies: The Future of the Community College” in 1993. She is a former columnist and editor for such publications as “Seventeen” magazine, the “Trumpeter,” “Youth News” and “Random Acts.”

The recipient of a Decorated Legion of Merit who was also named Woman of the Year by ABI, Spirtos received a Presidential Order of Merit and a Medallion of Recognition from the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Bachelor of Arts in education, cum laude, from the University of Dubuque; Master of Arts in guidance counseling, cum laude, from the University of Iowa; Doctor of Jurisprudence from Loyola University; and Doctor of Education, abd, in institutional management from Pepperdine University. She earned her CFRE designation in 2014.

Andi adds she is “married to a wonderful man” and is “Mom” to Maggie, a 165-pound, 3-year-old English Mastiff. They live in South Beach.

Learn more about the OCCC Foundation at oregoncoast.edu/foundation.

Andi Spirtos can be reached at OCCC at 541-867-8531 or andrea.spirtos@oregoncoast.edu.

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Mission and Purpose

Student speakers at the 2018 Donor and Scholar Recption

Student speakers at a recent Donor & Scholar Reception. Click HERE to see Flor Gaspar’s amazing story of determination and perseverance.

The Mission of the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation is to advance educational opportunities at OCCC by raising funds for college needs and increasing public awareness of the College and its many benefits. The Foundation fulfills its mission by securing private donations, applying for grants, holding special events and fundraisers, stewarding resources, and administering special programs, such as the OCCC Foundation Scholarship program.

The OCCC Foundation works to:

  • Provide Student Aid in the form of scholarships and, as needed, emergency funds;
  • Provide funds to assist with program development;
  • Provide funds to help the College provide the latest technology and equipment to students and instructors;
  • Provide funds to strengthen Career & Technical Education programs such as Nursing and Aquarium Science;
  • Execute an annual campaign to support unrestricted funding;
  • Support capital funding efforts for campus development and improvements;
  • Manage and grow endowed funds to secure the future of Oregon Coast Community College.

Individual Board members support the Foundation by contributing financial resources as well as individual expertise. Members serve as community ambassadors to enhance the College’s relations with the community. Members also actively participate in fund-raising efforts.


The OCCC Foundation Board and staff work closely with the College President and the elected Board of Education to raise funds for college priorities. The  College supports Foundation operations by providing office space and partial funding for equipment, materials, supplies, and staff salaries. The support provided by the College is essential in ensuring that the majority of donor contributions directly support students, programs, and other College needs that are not possible through the College’s general operating budget.


The Foundation received its non-profit, tax exempt status from the State of Oregon in 2000. Gifts to the Foundation are gifts of knowledge that help build a better future for Lincoln County through an educated citizenry. Donations qualify as charitable contributions and may be tax-deductible. The Foundation helps to ensure growth and stability for the College, thus ensuring the future of higher education in Lincoln County.

The Foundation office is located at OCCC’s Central County Campus, at 400 SE College Way in Newport.

For more information, contact the Foundation office at 541-867-8531 or via email.

The Foundation Board

The OCCC Foundation Board of Directors consists of a minimum of nine directors. Members serve for three year terms and are elected by the membership. Officers of the Foundation are also elected by the membership.  Board members do not have term limits and can be re-elected for additional terms.


Foundation Governance

The OCCC Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of professional, business and community leaders who believe in the mission and values of OCCC. The business and affairs of the Foundation are managed and controlled by the Board of Directors, subject to the provisions of the Oregon Nonprofit Foundation Act and the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of the OCCC Foundation.

The Board acts in a fiduciary capacity in administering donations in strict compliance with the instructions of the donor. Gifts to the Foundation may be designated for general purposes or restricted to a specific department or program. If a gift is not designated, the Board determines its use according to the greatest need of the College.

The following principles were developed and adopted by the Board to guide them in overseeing the business affairs and investments of the Foundation:

Principle 1. We believe the Foundation holds a public trust to do what it can to improve the quality of the lives of those we serve.

Principle 2. We recognize an ongoing obligation to clearly state our mission, to articulate the needs of the students and community we serve, and to explain how our programs work, what they cost, and the benefits they produce.

Principle 3. We know that we are accountable to those we exist to serve, and to those who support our efforts. To that end, we acknowledge an obligation to share information about our governance, finances, and operations, giving due regard to privacy rules.

Principle 4. We accept that we are responsible for continually striving to fulfill our mission, for exerting leadership on behalf of the public interest, and that in doing so our stewardship must be geared toward ensuring an organization that on any inspection would be found to be of the highest quality.


Made possible through generous contributions from our donors, the OCCC Foundation offers numerous scholarships to help students afford a college education.  To learn more about how you can help our students change their lives, please contact the Foundation at 541.867.8531 or andrea.spirtos@oregoncoast.edu

General scholarship applications are accepted each year from early February through mid-March, with awards for the following academic year announced in early June. Visit scholarships to learn more about individual scholarships and application openings.

The SEAL Scholarship Program offers OCCC students an opportunity to learn valuable skills through on-campus educational service assignments in combination with scholarship awards.  Applications are typically accepted from mid-September through mid-October.  This program is supported by the Barton Family Foundation Serve, Earn, and Learn Scholarship Program endowment fund, created through a generous gift from Bill and JoAnn Barton. For more information, visit seal-scholarship.

Giving to the Foundation

The OCCC Foundation provides the opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, and corporations to invest in the future of the College and the community it serves by making financial contributions for:

Student scholarships
• New academic programs
• Student recruitment and retention programs
• Capital improvements and facility expansion
• Instructional equipment
• Research materials
• Aquarium Science student internships
• Other needs as they are identified

There are numerous ways to make a gift to the Foundation. Please see the full list below to explore all options.

The OCCC Foundation is committed to the highest level of transparency. The Foundation earned the Guidestar 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, showcasing the progress and results we’re making toward our mission.

Please note that an administrative fee of 5% will be applied to most donations.   This fee supports the infrastructure required to ensure proper administration and stewardship of donor contributions.  While not common, limited exceptions may be approved by the OCCC Foundation Board.  For more information, contact the Director of Development at 541.837.8531 or andrea.spirtos@oregoncoast.edu.

To make an online donation using our secure portal, click the button below.  You can make a one-time contribution, become a sustaining supporter by setting up a recurring gift, or make a pledge and set up an installment plan.

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Credit card donations may also be made by calling the Director of Development at 541-867-8531.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to the OCCC Foundation and mailed to:

Andi Spirtos, Development Director
OCCC Foundation
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366

Tel 541-867-8531
Fx  541-265-3820

Cash donations may be delivered directly to the Foundation office.

Buy a Brick

Paver plaques are available for purchase and can be placed near the entrance to any of our three locations in Lincoln City, Newport, and Waldport.  Download the order form HERE.

Planned Giving/Bequests

Many people would like to make larger charitable gifts to support the organizations and institutions they care most about. But concerns about personal and family financial security may make these gifts seem impossible. By using a carefully designed method of planned giving, a donor may fulfill charitable wishes, while enhancing the family’s financial security. Foundation staff is available to work with donors and their tax advisors to explore contribution possibilities.


Gifts of securities such as stock certificates can be donated to the College through the Foundation’s brokerage firm. Donors should work with their brokers in order to avoid any complications.

Real Estate/Personal Property

Gifts of real estate or personal property may be transferred to the Foundation after the Board of Directors agrees to accept and administer such gifts. If owned outright, delivery of a deed of conveyance, such as a warranty deed or bargain and sale deed is sufficient to transfer real estate. A written description of the assets and a statement of intention to give irrevocably should accompany the transference of the personal property.

Matching Gifts

Some companies have established matching gift programs to encourage contributions by their employees to support educational institutions or other non-profit organizations. These programs allow the donor to double or even triple their gift.

Amazon Smile

You can support the OCCC Foundation through Amazon Smile, a program that provides contributions to your favorite charity whenever you purchase eligible products using your Amazon account. To learn more and sign up, please visit this page, and select the OCCC Foundation as your charity of choice.

501(c)(3) Status

The OCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donors, however, should seek the advice of private legal and financial counsel to determine the tax deductibility of any gift.

Federal Tax ID#: 93-1290953



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