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Where You Make All The Difference

A college in West Michigan committed to both faith and film.

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A Video Update for You

President Jay Greer shares exciting news about Compass College and our vision for the future. Take a look at this brief, 3-minute video to learn more about opportunities to partner and make a difference.

Where Christian Values Are Matched With Technical Excellence

Faith at Compass

Compass College of Film and Media is marked by three guiding principles:

  1. A student’s faith and character is essential for his or her success.
  2. A faith without technical excellence has a low impact.
  3. Relationships are key to developing both aspects of a student’s life.

Equipped with these convictions, Compass College seeks to engage its students in unique ways to develop their spiritual life as well as their professional skills

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Compass College has been in operation for 20+ years, producing graduates with a strong faith, moral character, and the film skills needed to impact the film and media industry for Christ.

It is people like you who make this a possibility!

To learn more about the college and how we approach spiritual formation, take a moment to read the digital brochure.

The power of a donation…


Make all the Difference: A Letter from the President

A recent study discovered that the average American household has 7.3 screens scattered throughout its rooms. That includes televisions, computers, and mobile devices. It is no wonder that media has quickly become such a significant influencer in our culture. This is exactly where you can make an important difference – by impacting graduates who have been shaped to create thoughtful, ethical, and wholesome story content.

For over 22 years, Compass College of Film and Media has been preparing students to do just that. Your support has been instrumental in making that possibility a reality. Your continued generosity will make this opportunity available to even more film and media makers in the years to come.

Our approach has been simple. Provide affordable and practical education to students who are passionate about film and media. Compass College offers the lowest tuition of any private and accredited film schools in the U.S. Contributions from supporters like yourself have been critical as 80% of Compass College’s students rely on financial aid to fund their education and maintain jobs to cover their living expenses.

Over the years, we have found that the key to successfully preparing graduates for a positive impact in film and media is tied to their access to industry professionals. Since nearly 90% of Compass College’s students come from Michigan, few students are connected to opportunities to expand their career in media. The program at Compass College provides a critical bridge to these industry experts. With your gracious help, Compass College was able to place 90% of the 2019 graduates in internships from West Michigan to Los Angeles.

Last year’s donors made an immense impact on the student experience. The purchase of a Red camera helped our students learn to use state-of-the art equipment on numerous film projects. Each of the classrooms received an update to the audio and visual equipment, raising the level of collaboration between students and faculty during lectures. It also went directly toward developing students spiritually, so they can apply Judeo-Christian principles in the film and media industry, which impacts culture.

A new financial contribution from you would continue to improve the student experience and strengthen Compass College’s ability to produce graduates who go on to positively impact the film and media industry. Your support this year will help us improve the following student experiences:

Building and Technology Updates
Student Scholarships
General Fund

Your donation can be made by check and online by clicking on the “Donate” button on this page. I would also really appreciate meeting you and hosting a tour of campus. If this interests you, please call our team at (616) 988-1000.



Jay Greer
Compass College of Film and Media 

Assets and Non-Cash Donations

A smarter way to give

Non-cash giving is the process of giving appreciated assets such as business interests, real estate, and
stocks directly to charity. Gifts of this type may come with significant tax advantages for you, as
compared to selling the asset and then giving the proceeds to charity.

Why is non-cash giving so important?

If you’re like many donors, you make most of your charitable gifts from cash, even though most of your
wealth is held in non-cash assets. When you learn how to tap into the power of all your resources – not
just cash – you can save on taxes and give more than you ever dreamed possible.

What type of non-cash assets can you give?

In partnership with National Christian Foundation, Compass College can accept gifts of any of the

  • Appreciated securities - stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Real Estate - land, houses, or other properties
  • Business interests - ownership in closely held businesses, LPs, LLCs, or S-corp
  • Personal property - royalties, copyrights, patents, or precious metals like gold
  • Restricted securities - publicly traded securities that may have sale restrictions
  • Loan notes - money owed to you through loan notes
  • Estate gifts - proceeds from wills or trusts
  • Retirement plans - 401ks, IRAs, or pension plans
  • Life insurance - Whole, universal, or variable

How does it work?

You transfer part or all your assets to NCF before the sale, thereby reducing or eliminating capital gains
taxes, and then we liquidate the asset at the right time. The net proceeds are then directed to support
Compass College.

How to get started

Contact National Christian Foundation West Michigan and let them know you'd like to support Compass College with a non-cash gift:

(616) 957-4372 or westmichigan@ncfgiving.com

NCF can run a gift calculator illustration for you to see your potential size and tax savings of your non-cash gift. Once you decide to give, NCF will guide you through the process. 

Learn more

Video: The Power of Non-Cash Giving

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“How to make a film with integrity and how to do it with excellence, I think these qualities are not often taught, except at places like Compass College. They are doing it the right way.”

Ralph Winter
Producer: Star Trek, X-Men Trilogy, Fantastic Four

“Compass set me on a path to figure out who I am as a filmmaker and gave me the tools to go out in the real-world and compete with everybody around the world.”

Jarrod Flood
Class of 2014

“It is very unique to me that the students from Compass come, not just with a desire to make films, but a desire to be where God wants them to be.”

Korey Pollard
1st Assistant Director
Nashville, House, Greys' Anatomy


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