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Couple to donate $3.5 million to Foothill, De Anza colleges

Two of the local community college district's biggest donors have committed $3.5 million to Foothill and De Anza colleges and their namesake center, the Krause Center for Innovation.

The majority of the commitment from Gay and Bill Krause -- $2.5 million -- is earmarked for the center, which was founded in 2000 with the goal of providing cutting-edge professional development for elementary, middle, high school and community college teachers from all over the Bay Area. Additionally, $1 million of the commitment will not be earmarked for any specific purpose.

According to a press release from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the Krauses have given more money to FHDA Foundation than any other single donor.

"Through their philanthropy, the Krauses are investing in education for new generations of students by supporting systemic change to improve teaching and learning," FHDA Chancellor Linda Thor said in the release. "Their support for transformational change in education is visionary."

While the unrestricted funds may be used in a number of ways across both colleges, the earmarked portion will help the KCI fund two positions -- director of strategy and a marketing position -- and will create an endowment for supporting professor- and teacher-in-residence positions, along with other programs.

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