The Orange Coast College School of Photography received a $ 450,000 grant from the William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation.
Unlike one-time donations, grant money will be invested and used to establish the Jeff Gross Endowment. The annual interest of the endowment will be available to the photography department each year, giving a constant flow of funding to the program.
Interest from the endowment will be used to purchase new photographic equipment, repair existing equipment, and provide short-term employment to students as staff and tutors.
The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Foundation is a philanthropic organization that donates over $ 20 million per year to various organizations. In the past, the foundation has supported causes related to health, education, the arts, humanitarian aid and the environment.
Jeff Gross, who gave the foundation his name, is a photographer who has worked at Getty Images since 1998. At that time, he was named the winner of the Getty Images Award of the Year and twice won the Portfolio Award. sportsman Getty Images of the Year.
Gross recently visited the photography department at OCC and saw how the endowment can benefit the program and its students.
“Jeff was just looking to give back to the medium that has given him so much over the years,” Blade Gillissen, OCC photography professor, said in a press release. “He felt what better way to give back then to help the next generation of photographers.”