The Dalton State Foundation, founded in 1967, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Dalton State College through philanthropy. Our goals are to facilitate connection, demonstrate gratitude and impact, and maximize the power of giving for the college and its generous donors. The foundation’s services include managing the college’s donated assets and processing gifts to the college in accordance with Dalton State’s guidelines and policies.

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Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, many people know the Foundation for scholarships that we award each year to hard-working students. Learn how a scholarship can be established with a gift of $500 or more.

The Dalton State Foundation Excellence Awards

Since 2005, we have annually recognized outstanding faculty and staff on campus with the Dalton State Foundation Excellence Awards. The recipient of the Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award is the College’s commencement speaker each December.

Board of Trustees

A volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of alumni and friends of Dalton State governs the Foundation and oversees its activities.

Foundation Board of Trustees
David E. Pennington III ’74, Chairman & Executive Committee Chair
Advanced Insurance Strategies
Bryan E. McAllister ‘77
BWR Enterprises
Anna Adamson, Governance Committee Chair
Flooring Capital Development Corporation
David E. Pennington IV ’05
Advanced Insurance Strategies
Murray W. Bandy ‘88
Carpet Express
Sara C. “Skeeter” Pierce
Lawson Winchester Financial Management
G. Robert “Bob” Buchanan
Advanced Color Technologies LLC
Mitch Sanford ’12, Audit Committee Chair
Builtwell Bank
Dan Combs ‘72
Dan Combs State Farm Insurance Agency
John Shaheen, Investment Committee Chair
Dr. Jamie Connors
Dalton State College, Wright School of Business
C. Kenneth White
White Capital Group
Rick Hooper
Shaw Industries
Joshua J. Wilson, Secretary
Dalton State College
Frederick H. “Chip” Howalt, III, Immediate Past Chair
Textile Rubber & Chemical Co.
David J. Elrod ’88, Treasurer, ex-officio
Dalton State College
Lynn Laughter
Laughter & Jones Financial Management
Dr. John M. Fuchko, III, ex-officio
Dalton State College
Jesse Magana ‘14
Textile Rubber & Chemical Co.

Foundation Staff

The Foundation staff has a combined 40 years of experience and service to Dalton State. We are here to assist you.

Donor Bill of Rights

The Foundation subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights as created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Giving Institute.

IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

The U.S. Department of Internal Revenue recognizes the Foundation as a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.


The Foundation adheres to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to its accounting, gift management and fundraising practices. We strive to stay current with best practices in gift administration and donor relations.

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