We are asking for alumni, friends, and supporters to unite around the world to support students, higher education, and the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF).

How YOU Can Help Us Support Higher Education with HCF? This is how you can help below.

$35-$50 Inform & Engage HBCU Campaigners: Your gift of $50 allows HCF to continue sending out our newsletters, producing content for social media and other communications to connect supporters to our advocacy mission.

$125 Annual HBCU Football & Recruitment Tour: Your gift allows us to fund our Annual HBCU Football & Recruitment Tour to support HBCU football classics and assist with recruiting students to HBCUs during the fall season.

$260 Board Meetings & Sponsored Workshops: Your gift allows HCF to support  board meeting and sponsored workshops.

$550 Support Organizational & Staff Needs: As we continue to grow, your gift will contribute to our organizational and staff needs including our website.

$1000 Scholarships & Institution Support: Your gift allow us to provide scholarships to high school and current students at HBCUs as well as support the HBCUs and MSIs we serve.

Dear HCF supporter,

2020 has been one of the most challenging years in HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) history for advocating for students and HBCUs. Yet, because of your support, we were still able to institute and campaign for HBCUs.

You have helped make all the difference. Without your generosity, none of this is possible.

Please celebrate with us – enjoy this look at our brief Year in Review showing the impact and difference you help make possible.

And when you take a look, know that your gift today will accomplish so much more good in 2021, because there’s still so much to do to help students and advocate for HBCUs and MSIs.

When you help today, your donation will work twice as hard to help to continue the work that we do at HCF – consider donating before December 31st. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

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There is still time to make a difference. We hope you enjoy our Year in Review moments, it was you who helped make everything possible.

With gratitude,

Demetrius Johnson Jr.
President and CEO, Founder

Dear HCF supporter,

Thank you for all you’ve done to support higher education with us throughout 2020. It has been a challenging year, but because of your support, HCF has never stopped advocating for students, HBCUs, and MSIs during these unprecedented times. So many of them have milestones to celebrate this holiday season, thanks to you.

With your help, our advocacy will go a lot further in 2021 when assisting students and supporting higher education. Doing what we do requires a great deal of generosity and dedication with a hand from passionate supporters like you. Without you, setting forth dreams cannot be made possible. When you give to HCF, your generosity works twice as hard and will significantly impact the work that we do.

Make a year-end gift today

As an HBCU Campaigner, you help change the lives of brilliant young people who are shaped into scholars determined to stay in college and succeed to become achievers. You help HBCU and Minority-Serving Institutions to stay open and continue providing a high-quality education to their specific populations. Please consider making a year-end contribution to allow HCF to push even further and help more students, HBCUs, and MSIs who need us most.

Thank you for joining the continued fight to Campaign for HBCUs!

With appreciation,

Demetrius Johnson Jr.
President and CEO, Founder
HBCU Campaign Fund

Because of your continuous generous support of the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), you have given us so many reasons to say “Thank You“.

Without your – encouragement, volunteering, hospitality during campus visits, picture moments, read or share our content, donations, in-kind support, etc., HCF could not continue to advocate for students and higher education. You are indeed a special person to all of us at HCF, including our constituents – we are grateful that we can always count on your support.

When you support HCF, you make many success stories possible. We cannot stress enough how we cannot do the work that we do without you, and we are so very grateful for your support.

From all of us at the HBCU Campaign Fund, and all of the students, HBCUs, and MSIs who benefit from the advocacy, thanks to YOU, happy holidays!

With appreciation,

Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder

Van B. Sapp

RALEIGH, NC – The HBCU Business Deans Roundtable announced that Van B. Sapp was elected President and Chair of the Board for the non-profit organization comprising of 80 business school deans. Van Sapp is the current Dean at Saint Augustine’s University School of Business, Management, and Technology, located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Van is succeeding Dr. Anthony Nelson, Dean, School of Business at North Carolina Central University. Established over twenty years ago with the assistance of Earl Graves, founder of the Black Enterprise media company, the organization is the preeminent advocate for business programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The organization’s primary focus centers around promoting curricula advancement to increase student preparedness, development of business school leadership, and creating partnerships with relevant business corporations.

Sapp recently moved to academia two years ago after a successful career in industry. He spent the first half of his career within the Sales Division of Kraft Foods, in eight roles of increasing responsibility before landing at PepsiCo. Working in several divisions across PepsiCo, Sapp become known as a versatile senior executive, with three Senior Vice President roles across marketing, sales, and general management. After 13 years with Pepsico, Van joined the loyalty company TCC Global as its US CEO and President of the Americas. A key conduit in these roles was his ability to develop executive talent. Dean Sapp is a graduate of two HBCUs, Tuskegee University, and Clark Atlanta University. He’s currently focusing his post-corporate retirement to focus on business school student of HBCUs.

“I am excited to use this opportunity to provide attention to the great work HBCU Business Schools have and are providing to our economy. In this time of raised racial consciousness, corporations who want to understand, develop deeper relationships, or build programming consistent with the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable’s mission should connect with this organization. The institution’s our Deans represent are stocked with talent,” said Dean Van Sapp.

For more information, contact partnerships@hbcubusinessdeans.org or visit www.hbcubusinessdeans.org.


About HBCU Business Deans Roundtable
Founded in 1999 the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable was created to provide a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges; and, develop strategic alliances among HBCUs with other universities, foundations, government agencies, and corporations in support of excellence and productivity in management education. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been concerned about the formal business education of African American students since the Atlanta Exposition in 1895. Since that time, these universities have trained students who have become entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and employees in enterprises that address economic needs throughout the world, especially within the African American community. Since HBCUs graduate a disproportionately large number of African American students, in need for management education in HBCUs continues.

CHICAGO, IL (February 4, 2020) – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) would like to congratulate and announce six newly elected members of its Board of Directors.

The members were appointed by Dr. Santarvis Brown, Chairman of the Board in November 2019. Their experience and guidance will help our organization growth and strengthen our advocacy efforts to assist students, HBCUs and MSIs.

“I am pleased to welcome these exceptional leaders to our organization’s Board of Directors. Our organization is known for its national-wide advocacy in the HBCU space, as we move forward to assisting students and further strengthening HBCUs. I look forward to the fresh perspectives and valuable insight of our new board members as we continue our commitment to our students, partner institutions, and the community,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund.

The newly elected members include the following:

  • Dr. Derek Anderson (Vice Chairman), President, Central State University Foundation
  • Dr. Pamela Richardson Wilks (Secretary), Chief of Staff & Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, Edward Waters College
  • Dr. Angela Graham-Williams (Treasurer), Executive Director, FAFF Place Residential Youth Care Facility
  • Dr. Braque Talley, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Success, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Dr. Colette P. Burnette, President and CEO, Huston-Tillotson University
  • Steven Onukwuli, Director, Prichard Boys & Girls Club of America (Not pictured)

“The HCF Board of Directors provides critical leadership and decision-making which are vital to presenting a unified voice in our advocacy efforts to the HBCU space. We are privileged to have such a committed and talented group of leaders at the helm of our organization, and we anticipate that the diverse experience our new board members bring will add significant value,” said Dr. Santarvis Brown, Chairman of the Board.

For more information about the Board of Directors, visit our website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/aboutus/boardofdirectors.


About HBCU Campaign Fund

Founded in 2012, HCF is the vision and brainchild of founder Demetrius Johnson, Jr. In 2015, HCF incoporated its mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs. HCF today remain as a strong advocate for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that unleash the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. Giving Tuesday will kick-off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 3, 2019, and throughout the year.

HCF mission is to support the significance and campaign in raising funds for students scholarships and services at HBCUs and PBIs has joined the global day to meet its fundraising goal of $5,000 to support the organization’s advocacy efforts to continue to support students and HBCUs. We believe that this global movement can impact millions of lives.

“We want to continue to advocate, inspire and transform within the HBCU community as a supportive serving organization by reducing the financial burden on a students’ education at a Historically Black College or University or Predominately Black Institution,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., HCF’s President and CEO, Founder. “The set fundraising goal and necessary funds needed will provide our organization with the ability to inspire and assist students to reach beyond their limits.”

Leading up to GivingTuesday, you can join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or talk about “Why do you support HCF” as a supportive serving organization and using our official campaign hashtag #HCFGivingTuesday. You may also share our GivingTuesday social media tools.

Those who are interested in joining HCF’s Giving Tuesday initiative can visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org/givingtuesday or http://cash.app/CampaignForHBCUs and contribute to one of the following:

  • Campaign For HBCUs and Excellence Campaign
  • HBCU General Scholarship Fund
  • Unrestricted Fund
  • Initiative Programming Fund
  • I Love My HBCU Alumni Giving Campaign

You can also register to volunteer with us and assist with various special projects by visiting www.hbcucampaignfund.org/volunteer.

Higher education can be the debt of students to accomplishing their dreams and in order to fulfill this mission in campaigning for higher education, you can make a deference by joining the #CampaignForHBCUs club. We hope that you consider HCF this #GivingTuesday!


About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and initiative programming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). HCF advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of million of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is now accepting applications for new members to join its Board of Directors through September 16, 2019, for a one-year term.

HCF is a advocacy non-profit organization in Chicago, Illinois that serves its mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for student scholarships and initiative programming for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI). HCF also serves as advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions.

The organization recently announced the appointment of Dr. Santarvis Brown, who will serve as the next Chairman succeeding former Chairman Demetrius Johnson Jr., who will continue to assume his duties as the President and CEO.

Interested individuals must have experience in non-profit boards, some or experience in fundraising, event planning, and is a team player to the mission of HCF with interest in higher education, HBCUs and PBIs, recruitment and initiative programming. The overall board execution of the organization’s mission and assists the management of HCF organization finances and long-term priorities of the organization programs and initiatives in supporting the nation HBCUs.

As a serving member, you must require time and energetic commitment and consider ways to contribute to the development of the organization. Must be 18 years or older and know non-profit management.

The application can be found online on HCF’s website by clicking here. The application deadline is September 16, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. CST. For questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Santarvis Brown, Chairman of the Board at drsantarvisbrown@hbcucampaignfund.org.

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) official logo.
HCF’s President and CEO, Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., at the 2018 Bayou Classic Football Game as part of HCF’s HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour.

CHICAGO, IL – Each year, HCF is more eagerly excited to hit the road in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and athletics as well as participate in efforts of encouraging those to choose to attend an HBCU. Our HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour, which began back in 2016 continues to float with very limited funding and resources. However, due to the efforts as an advocacy non-profit, we at HCF thrive in making it happen with or without funding.

We are thrilled to add back to our schedule the Southern Heritage Classic College Fair and Game as well as the Chicago Football Classic. We are forever grateful of our partnership with the Chicago Football Classic as it strengthens each year. The tour is joint with our Division of Recruitment, which representatives will participate in various college fairs on the road. We are also excited to announce that the recruitment team is awaiting to confirm a few more fairs that it will part take in, assisting students and providing resources such as their College-Board Guide Folders.

The 2019 HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour schedule is as follow:

  • Sat., Jun. 29 – 8th Annual HBCU Softball Tournament / Chicago, IL
  • Sat., Aug. 31 – UAPB vs. TCU / Fort Worth, TX
  • Fri., Sept. 13 – SHC College Fair | Sat., Sept. 14 – SHC FB Game / Memphis, TN
  • Sat., Sept. 14 – CFC College Fair | CFC Game / Chicago, IL
  • Sat., Sept. 21 – UAPB vs. TSU / Nashville, TN
  • Sat., Sept. 28 – Circle City Classic Football Game / Indianapolis, IN
  • Sat., Oct. 5 – UAPB Homecoming Game
  • HBCU Alumni CLE College Fair | Cleveland, OH*
  • Sat., Nov. 30 – Bayou Classic (Southern Univ. vs. Grambling State. Univ.)

Your support in HCF’s endeavors in making this happens makes a significant difference in the mission to supporting students and campaigning for HBCUs. A donation of any amount can assist our HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour in various ways. You may give a donation online via HCF’s website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate or by texting ‘CAMPAIGNFORHBCUS’ to 444999. Cash App is also available: $CampaignForHBCUs.

As we travel to work hard for our nation distinguish institutions, we are so excited to meet new faces, supporters, fellow HBCU community members and prospective students on the road. Your support keeps our organization alive and strong, and we are forever grateful to be a part of such space. Thank you for campaigning with us!


About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and initiative programming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). HCF advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

Dr. Santarvis N. Brown, Ed.D., appointed as the next Chair of the Board of Directors at HBCU Campaign Fund.

CHICAGO, IL (July 27, 2019) – HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Santarvis N. Brown, Ed.D, as the next Chair of the HCF Board of Directors.

Dr. Brown joined the Board as a member on December 1, 2017. He succeeds Demetrius Johnson Jr., who served as interim Chair of the Board since 2015 and will continue to assume his duties as President and CEO of the organization.

A passionate executive leader in higher education, Dr. Brown has over 15 years of stellar organizational leadership and brings experience in board governance to HCF. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Miami Regional University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Santarvis Brown as the Chair of the Board of Directors. I am sincerely confident that he will lead growth for our Board at HCF,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “He is an experienced leader and dedicated member of our organization who brings with him tremendous leadership and governance skills that will prove invaluable as we continue to move forward as an organization to campaign for HBCUs.”

Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Florida Memorial University; A Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Liberty University; A Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University; A Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Administration from California Coast University. He also serves as the pastor of St. Stephens AME Church in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Additionally, Dr. Brown serves with the Miami Dade County Community Action Agency Board and the Nuisance Abatement Board of Miami Gardens. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.


About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and initiative programming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). HCF advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.