There’s still time for you to contribute to our Campaign For HBCUs Challenge and help us in reaching our fund goal of $50,000!
Your gift today will help ensure HCF can continue hitting the ground running in the New Year. We still have so much urgent advocacy and programming work to do if we going to help keep higher education evolving.
ITTA BENA, MS – Mississippi Valley State University‘s (MVSU) President, Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Sr., has announced that MVSU has received the university’s largest single private gift in school history.
An anonymous donor has made a gift of $2.5 million to support the university’s Finish Line initiative, a scholarship program that assists students in their matriculation to graduation. The gift is the donor’s second to the university this year; the first gift was $250,000.
“Words cannot fully describe how excited and appreciative we are at MVSU,” said Dr. Briggs. “This transformational gift will allow us to continue our commitment to ‘students first’ in pursuing academic achievements. Great things are happening at MVSU. This gift ensures that Valley stays in motion and further allows the university to remain committed to its motto, ‘live for service.’ In addition, this gift will enable students who need financial help, realize their fullest potential and continue their enrollment at the university.”
After receiving the first gift, the university created the Prosperity Scholarship to record the distribution of the funds. All funds from the second gift will be distributed similarly, with the sole purpose and use of fund being to support student scholarships.
The Finish Line Initiative will additionally be used to allow those students who did not receive any scholarship funding at the start of their enrollment at the university but are now excelling academically and actively involved in community activism to receive scholarship support.
“This expansion of the Prosperity Scholarship is for continuing students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence. The primary focus of the award is leadership, which may be demonstrated through traditional school activities, work responsibilities, community activism and involvement, and family commitments,”Briggs continued.
About MVSU Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master’s University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research —- a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond. For more information, visit www.mvsu.edu.
#GivingTuesday is a global day that allows individuals to support causes and organizations that make a difference in their communities and around the world. Every year, on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday and with the help of our support, the fight to Campaign for HBCUs will continue to assure that HCF can support the important assignment that HBCUs and MSIs do in providing quality education to a diverse population of students.
This year, our goal is to reach $50,000 in necessary funding to continue our mission to provide scholarships and support higher education. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).
Higher education can be the debt of a student during their matriculating, and with your support of HCF, we can assist with helping those students with their educational endeavors. On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, we encourage you to consider HCF in reaching its goals to advocate for higher education, making a recurring or one-time gift below.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund Founded in 2012, HCF was the vision and brainchild of founder Demetrius Johnson, Jr. In 2015, HCF incorporated its mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for student scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocate for students and higher education. Visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
How can I join the cause? You can support HCF through its #GivingTuesday campaign in the following ways:
Joining the #Unselfie movement by taking a selfie with reasons why you support HCF and tagging HCF on social media using #HCFGivingTuesday
Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about HCF, what does the organization mean to you and why do you support the organization
Make a gift by using Cash App: $CampaignForHBCUs
Or online at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donateand contributing to one of the following: HCF HBCU General Scholarship, Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour, The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Campus Student Ambassador Program. You may designate where your donation goes, and 100% of it goes to the selected cause.
To get involved in supporting HCF before, on GivingTuesday, and after, you are encouraged to visit the HCF Giving Tuesday official page at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate/givingtuesday to learn more about how you can make a difference!
(TALLADEGA, AL) – While Henry “Hank” Aaron will be remembered for his extraordinary baseball skills, Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins noted that Aaron’s contributions to higher education were equally legendary.
“Hank Aaron was not only a sports legend, but a devoted philanthropist and an advocate for higher education. His generosity made it possible for thousands of students to enroll in college and graduate. Here at Talladega College, he and his wife, Billye, established a $500,000 endowed scholarship that has had a tremendous impact,” said Dr. Hawkins.
“Hank was a personal friend of mine and he was very receptive when I approached him about helping Talladega College students. I am so grateful for the support that he and Mrs. Aaron have provided our students and for students throughout the nation,” he continued.
Hank and Billye Aaron were both conferred with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Talladega College in 2013, when they presented the college with a $104,000 check.
“I first met Hank when I served as president at Texas College, his wife’s alma mater. I was immediately inspired by their profound generosity and their impact on the lives of students. While the world will definitely remember him for his amazing athletic skills, thousands of college students will remember Hank Aaron for his remarkable generosity.”
“On behalf of the Talladega College family, I extend my sincere condolences to Mrs. Aaron and the entire Aaron family.”
About Talladega College Talladega College, Alabama’s first private historically black college, is consistently ranked among the best southeastern colleges and top HBCUs in the nation. It was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, Williams Savery and Thomas Tarrant, and is the home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amisted Murals. For more information, visit www.talladega.edu.
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 lookat 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!
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.
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!
(CHICAGO, IL – 12/18/20) – The President and CEO, Founder of the HBCU Campaign Fund, Demetrius Johnson Jr., released the following statement on the generous philanthropy of MacKenzie Scott and TikTok for recent gifts that were given to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) expresses its gratitude and profoundly praises the philanthropic efforts of MacKenzie Scott and TikTok for their recent gifts to our nation HBCUs. For many years HBCUs have been underrepresented, under-resourced, and underfunded and have fought for equity within the higher education space for decades. With such positive impacts as MacKenzie Scott and TikTok have made, this puts a brighter future on HBCUs. Their gifts will tremendously benefit the ongoing mission to strengthen HBCUs, which continues to transform the lives of an African American and diverse population that HBCUs have served for more than 140 years in history. These transformational gifts will allow HBCUs to further their academic excellence and deepen their investment in students and higher education. We are so proud of the progress that our institutional leaders and the impact of their continued guidance that make HBCUs so prominent academically.”
On Wednesday, American author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced nearly $4.2 billion in gifts to 384 organization, including seventeen HBCUs. Social Media platform TikTok followed Scott’s gift with a $10 million donation of $1 million each to eight HBCUs as part of their ongoing commitment to healthcare workers and academic institutions that serve underrepresented student with programs focused on public health professions in the medical and healthcare fields.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 2012 and is a nonprofit educational organization that remain a strong advocate for students and higher education. HCF mission is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, programs, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
American author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced Tuesday her second significant charitable contribution of the year, giving nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations as part of a plan to donate a majority of her fortune.
The announcement came just four months after Scott donated $1.7 billion to 116 organizations, including four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), in July. The latest round of philanthropic gifts totals more than $4.16 billion donated to organizations nationwide in the past four months.
“The pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling. Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color, and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires,” Scott wrote in a Medium post.
She continued to say, “It would be easy for all the people who drew the long demographic straws in this crisis to hole up at home feeling a mix of gratitude and guilt, and wait for it to be over –but that’s not what’s happening. The proliferation of community fridges, COVID relief funds, impromptu person-to-person, Venmo gift, viral debt relief campaigns, and mutual aid initiatives has been swift and uplifting.”
Scott’s medium post also included a list of hundreds of organizations that received funds, including seventeen HBCUs, financial service providers for under-resourced communities, civil rights advocacy groups, and legal defense funds.
Scott donated $40 million to Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore. The gift is the largest single private donation in the university’s history, and roughly doubles the school’s endowment.
Also, Scott gave $50 million to Prairie View A&M University, an HBCU in Texas – the school’s largest donation ever, and nearly doubling its endowment, according to the university.
Other HBCUs includes:
Alcorn State University
Bowie State University
Clark Atlanta University
Delaware State University
Elizabeth City State University
Lincoln University (PA)
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Virginia State University
Winston-Salem State University
Scott is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, from 1993 to 2019. Also, she served as the executive director of Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization she founded, since 2014. Scott is included in Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, she is the world’s 18th-richest person with a net worth of $60.7 billion.
Scott stated, “We do this research and deeper diligence no only to identify organizations with high potential for impact, but also to pave the way for unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with full trust and no strong attached.”
CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) Division of Alumni Relations and Division of Development & Finance announces the kick-off of its annual three-month “I Love My HBCU” Campaign beginning on Thursday, March 12, 2020, through Friday, June 12, 2020. Sampled by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), I Love My HBCU month was created to encourage alumni and friends of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to give to their institutions as a way to demonstrating their affinity. HCF is initiating its campaign beginning March each year, which will identify alumni ambassadors who can speak upon their HBCU experience, why they love their HBCU and encourage others to donate to an HBCU or HCF during their campaign months.
“We are so excited to announce another year of our annual “I Love My HBCU” Alumni Campaign this year. The goal is to reach $15,000 donated to HBCUs and $10,000 alone to HCF in the duration of the three-months to financially assist students and our nation jewels in this much crucial time,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “Again, we are asking for all HBCU alums to join us in making a minimum gift for the founding year of their HBCU alma mater, or another HBCU which will commemorate the year that the institution was established. If we can get the momentum of donating that amount going, that will assist in surpassing the minimum set-goal and keep student-success going. HCF will also highlight those alums who’ve given on our social media and communication handles in token of appreciation of their contribution while also encouraging others to participate.”
Alumni who participate in the three-month campaign will be recognized on HCF’s website and communication platforms, speaking on the value of their HBCU experience, why they love their institution, and encouraging others to donate. When sharing on social media, the official hashtag is #HCFILoveMyHBCU. [Please note before participants are highlighted, they must submit a substantial donation or contribution receipt in pdf or jpg format as proof showing that they’ve donated their HBCU or HBCU of choice dated between March 12, 2020, and June 12, 2020, or either has donated HCF. Emailed receipts are accepted. Monies generated in this campaign will go to the institution’s Foundation/Institutional Advancement offices, HCF Scholarship Fund, or HCF Unrestricted Fund that serves the primary organization’s needs. The unrestricted fund at HCF allows flexibility to make an immediate impact on the organization’s needs in its advocacy and aid for HBCUs and MSIs at any moment. HCF’s ultimate hope is that alumni enroll in the recurring gift programs at their HBCUs.
Incentives and gifts are planned to be available to donors who participate and give toward the campaign from HCF. Everyone who donates will receive an HCF “I Love My HBCU” button. Those who gift $50 will receive a limited edition “I Love My HBCU” pennant. Those who gift $100 or more will receive an HCF “I Love My HBCU” pennant, button, and a t-shirt with the name of the HBCU of their choice on the back.
CHICAGO, IL – HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) Division of Alumni Relations and Development announces that it will kick off a three-month long “I Love My HBCU” campaign on Thursday, March 14, 2019, through Friday, June, 14, 2019. Sampled by the Thurgood Marshall Fund and Prairie View A&M University, I Love My HBCU Month was created to encourage alumni and friends of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to give to their Universities as a way of demonstrating their affinity. HCF is initiating its campaign in March each year, which will identify alumni ambassadors who can speak on their HBCU experience, why they love their HBCU, and encourage others to donate to their HBCU or HCF during the campaign months.
“The Division of Alumni Relations and Development is resuming its goal to generate over a minimum of $15,000 during the three months into HBCUs and hopefully $10,000 to HCF alone to assist our nation jewels and increase alumni giving,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “We are asking all HBCU alums to make a minimum gift of the founding year of their HBCU alma mater which is commemorative of the year that their University was established. If several individuals donate that amount to their HBCU, that will surpass our minimum set-goal and assist student success. HCF is also spotlighting those alums who give on our social media in appreciation of their contribution, but also encouraging others to participate.”
Alumni’s who participate in this campaign will be highlighted on HCF’s website and social media platforms, speaking on their HBCU experience, why they love their institution, and encouraging others to make a donation. When posting on social media, the official hashtag is #HCFILoveMyHBCU. Before participants are highlighted, they must submit a physical donation or contribution receipt in pdf or jpeg format as proof showing that they have donated to their HBCU dated between March 14, 2019, and June 14, 2019 or either have donated to HCF. Email receipts are accepted. Monies generated in this campaign goes to the Universities Foundation/Institutional Advancement offices, HCF Scholarship Fund, or HCF’s Unrestricted Fund that serves the organization. The unrestricted fund at HCF allows flexibility to make an immediate impact on the organization needs in its advocacy and aid for HBCU and PB institutions at any moment. HCF ultimate hope is that alumni enroll in recurring gift programs at their HBCUs.
Incentives and gifts are plan to be available to donors who participate in the campaign from HCF. Everyone who donates will receive an HCF “I Love My HBCU” button. Those who gift $50 to the campaign will receive a limited edition “I Love My HBCU” pendant. Contributions of $100 or more will receive a HCF “I Love My HBCU” pendant, button, and t-shirt with the name of their HBCU on the back.