At the direction of the Board of Trustees of the College in 1983, an organizational meeting for the Foundation commenced. Sensing future trends in the areas of development and community support, the Board determined that an institutional foundation, whose role was to provide assistance only to the College, would be beneficial throughout the future. The Foundation maintains a tax-exempt status, under the federal code 501 (c)(3), and is viewed as an independent corporation.
Since its inception, the Foundation, from its own assets and management of the College's loaned funds, has offered thousands of dollars in support to JCC, primarily in grants, programs and scholarships.
The Foundation Board of Directors is composed of 19 representatives of the Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee communities. These directors represent the entire three counties which the College directly serves through extended campuses. The Board meets quarterly and has five standing committees, which focus upon the executive, finance, development, grants/scholarships, and membership endeavors.