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.

To participate in the campaign, please visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org/divisions/alumnirelations/ilovemyhbcu to complete the necessary form.

For further questions or concerns, contact HCF at 773-988-2106 or via email at support@hbcucampaignfund.org.

CHICAGO, ILHBCU 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.

Those who are interested in participating can visit the “I Love My HBCU” campaign page at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/divisions/alumnirelations/ilovemyhbcu to complete the spotlight form.

For further questions, contact HCF at 773-988-2106 or via email at support@hbcucampaignfund.org.

PINE BLUFF, AR – On Tuesday, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced a $2.5 million gift from Simmons Bank for upgrades to the football and baseball athletics facilities.

According to a press release from the university, the gift is the largest in UAPB history and will fund a new football stadium scoreboard and turf, along with completion of the baseball pavilion at the Tori Hunter Baseball and Softball Complex. The stadium field will be renamed to Simmons Bank Field. The gift is pending UA System Board of Trustees approval at its May 23-24 meeting.

“On behalf of UAPB faculty, staff, students and alumni, I’d like to express our appreciation to Simmons Bank for its generous gift,” said Dr. Lawrence B. Alexander, Chancellor of UAPB. “This donation will directly benefit our student-athletics by assisting them in reaching and exceeding their athletic and academic performance goals.”

Simmons First National Corp., founded in 1903, is one of the largest financial companies based in Arkansas. Simmons Bank’s downtown complex is Pine Bluff’s tallest building.

“Simmons is honored to partner with UAPB to help students excel right here in our hometown of Pine Bluff,” said George A. Makris, Jr., chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp. “There is nothing more rewarding for our bank than the opportunity to invest in our communities, especially in our young people.”

“We are grateful to Simmons Bank for its long-standing partnership with UAPB, and more specifically, this major gift will allow us to complete much-needed upgrades. These improvements will benefit our student-athletes and create a better fan experience during football and baseball games.”

The new Simmons Bank Pavilion will help to complete construction at the Torii Hunter Complex that opened in 2011. Hunter, a Pine Bluff native and former Major League Baseball player and five-time All-Star selection, previously donated $500,000 for the initial construction of the baseball and softball complex, the largest contribution to UAPB before the Simmons Bank gift.

 

 

 

 

About Simmons Bank

Simmons Banks is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that began as a community bank in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons is a subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For more information, visit www.simmonsbank.com.

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that inculcates learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students – a chance to advance. UAPB offers Certificate and Associates degree programs, more than thirty Undergraduate programs, Master’s degree programs and a Doctorate program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony, nationally recognized debate team, award-winning theater department and accomplished athletic program.

LOUISVILLE, KY – Simmons College of Kentucky received a significant donation and a big boost towards its mission, according to WDRB.com.

On Friday, the College received $200,000 to help with its expansion and tuition assistance. Donors Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn say they weren’t familiar with Simmons College in the beginning.

“Simmons College to us is a symbol of hope for a lot of things. And it’s not just people and kids. It’s a symbol of hope for our whole community. It’s a symbol of hope for our growth. It’s a symbol of hope for where we want to go in life.” said D. Mark Lynn.

The college focuses on educating students in an urban setting and helping with financial assistance. Students, faculty and Mayor Greg Fisher were all on hand for the donation.

 

ABOUT SIMMONS COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY

Founded in 1879, the State Convention purchased four acres of land in Louisville to serve the campus for the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute.

Simmons College of Kentucky is well positioned for bright future as a thriving institution of higher learning serving traditionally underserved communities

For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.

 

 

CHICAGO, IL – HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) Division of Alumni Affairs announced that it will kick off a three-month long “I Love My HBCU” campaign on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and ending June 14, 2018. Sampled by the Thurgood Marshall College 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 2018 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.

“Our goal during the three months to generate over a minimum amount of $15,000 into HBCUs and hopefully 5,000 to HCF alone in assisting our nation HBCU’s,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and CEO, Founder. “We are asking alums to make a minimum gift of the founding year of your HBCU which is commemorative of the year your university was established.”

Alumni 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 HBCU and encouraging others to donate. 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 as proof showing that they have donated to their HBCU dated between March 14, 2018, and June 14, 2018, or have donated to HCF. Monies received in this campaign will go to their HBCU Foundation Funds or HCF unrestricted fund that serves the Organization. The unrestricted fund allows flexibility to make an immediate impact on the organization needs in its advocacy and aid for HBCUs and PB institutions at that moment. HCF hopes that alumni will enroll in recurring gift program for their HBCU.

“I hope that this benefits our efforts in advocating for HBCUs and that alumni take the average in giving back to their HBCUs,” said Demetrius. “We also looking to take advantage to sustain recruitment during this campaign as we’ve asked alumni to give future college-seekers advice in their spotlights.”

Incentives and gifts will be available to donors who participate in this 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 pendant, HCF “I Love My HBCU” button, and an “I Love My HBCU” t-shirt with the name of their HBCU on the back.

Alumni who are interested in participating in the spotlight can visit HCF Division of Alumni Affair’s “I Love My HBCU” campaign page at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/divisions/alumniaffairs/ilovemyhbcu to fill out the application.

For further questions or concerns, contact HCF via email at support@hbcucampaignfund.org or by phone at 773.988.2106.

JACKSON, MS – The education arm of the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention (MNBSC) presented Jackson State University with a $15,000 check during its 5th Annual Session earlier this month to assist students with financial aid.

The Mississippi National Baptist State Convention (MNBSC) held its annual meeting June 5-8 at Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula. Attendees included Dr. John W. Davis Sr., left, pastor of the Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula; Virgie Davis; and Dr. Danny Hollins, pastor of Grace Inspirations Baptist Church in Jackson. Also appearing were Sandra Hodge, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Jackson State University; Dr. Kenneth Hollins, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Biloxi; and Dr. Kenneth M. Davis, president of the MNBSC and pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in D’Iberville. (Photo courtesy of Jackson State University)

According to a press release by the university, Dr. Kenneth Hollins, education board chair of MNBSC, presented the gift during the annual event at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula. He said, “We are a young convention, but our state president believes we should help students who fall in a gap situation when money runs out during their post-secondary educational studies.”

The donation, which recognizes the partnership between the university and the faith-based community, earns the state convention a JSU “Circle of 1,000” honor in the category of “Seeds of Promise” ($10,000 or more). Also, donors can earn distinction in the categories of “Seeds of Faith” ($1,000) and “Seeds of Hope” ($5,000).

Hollins, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Biloxi, said the MNBSC also has provided thousands of dollars in support to other HBCUs throughout Mississippi. “We have a historical account of how HBCUs have helped our communities. There was a time when (African-Americans) could attend only an HBCU. We are aware that when we sow seeds in good soil it brings forth a good harvest.”

Sandra Hodge, vice president of Institutional Advancement at JSU, extolled the generosity of churches in helping HBCUs.

“This is an example of faith-based organizations remembering and reminding others of our roots,” said Hodge, reflecting that JSU was founded in 1877 as Natchez Seminary.

Meanwhile, Hollins said he and two other brothers received their doctorate degrees from JSU, so he’s especially endeared to the urban institution. As well, he said he is duty-bound to follow the “wonderful leadership of Dr. Kenneth Davis, the president of Mississippi Baptist State Convention, for leading the charge to assist our young people in furthering their education.”

As the state convention continues fulfilling its mission, Graves said he especially wants people to know that “before we can ask anybody to help us as a people we must be willing to help ourselves first.” So, he’s urging HBCUs to “keep doing an excellent job in educating our young men and women because we have stellar individuals graduating from all of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

 

ABOUT JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

A Historically Black Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive public institution of higher learning located in the metropolitan area of Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson State University educates a diverse student population from Mississippi, most other states and many foreign countries by providing a broad range of baccalaureate programs and a variety of masters and doctoral programs in its six Colleges: Business; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts; Lifelong Learning; Public Service; and Science, Engineering and Technology. The learning process at Jackson State is enhance through experiential learning in urban and rural areas throughout the city, state, nation, and global communities. Jackson State is a learning community for highly capable, as well as capable but under prepared students who require a nurturing academic environment.

For more information about Jackson State University, visit www.jsums.edu.

 

Chance The Rapper pictured with Christian Fenger High School students during a visit.

CHICAGO, IL – Chance The Rapper announced March 9th that nine Chicago Public Schools will be receiving $10,000 checks and Christian Fenger Academy High School was amongst the nine receiving schools. Fenger HS is the high school of HBCU Campaign Fund’s President Demetrius Johnson Jr.

The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, announced he is donating $1 million of his personal money to CPS earlier last week. Chance also called upon private businesses and corporations to donate money to the school system. For every $100,000 in donations, Chance said his organization Social Works Chicago will donate an additional $10, 000 to individual schools to further support arts education.

In May 2013, the school board voted to close 50 public schools. However, the majority of the closed schools have been in poor neighborhoods with a black population. For every four schools that have been closed, three have been in these neighborhoods. Over 88% of the students affected by these closings have been African American

“The check that I donated is a call to action. I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and take action,” Chance said.

The first check went to Westcott Elementary School, where Chance made his donation announcement. On Thursday (March 9) Chance released the list of the other nine schools on Twitter:

  • Nathan S. Davis Elementary School
  • Mahalia Jackson Elementary School
  • Charles Carroll Elementary School
  • Roberto Clemente Community Academy
  • Paul Robeson High School
  • Orr Academy High School
  • Hirsch Metropolitan High School
  • Benito Juarez Community Academy
  • Fenger Academy High School

“First, I would like to congratulate Mr. Bennett on his Grammy wins, one of my all-time favorite music award shows. And second, I would like to extend my deepest sincere appreciation to Chance for just not donating to Chicago Public Schools but for contributing his love and support to the youth and communities throughout Chicago. I am exceedingly appreciative of the support of my high school because Fenger HS has been through a lot and has came up a long way from its past to becoming a part of CPS Turnaround process, CPS has done well with the Turnaround of Fenger after my exit. I experience the first year of Turnaround before I graduated which was Ms. Elizabeth Dozier first year as Principal. As the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization develops, I am thrill to strategize for our organization to join Chance in the future in donating to Chicago Public Schools as well as partnering with them and HBCU’s in getting the youth into college before the exist out of secondary education. Education is the key to success for our future millennial and it’s very vital to keep educating because it’s a part of growth as well as a healthy individual life in today’s society and within our communities. The more we can acquire private sector, communities as well as individual support from our communities the more it will discomfort our government official as to what they’re doing in assisting to keep our communities going such as the funding of state and city school systems. And I stand to say that the family of Chance should not be a factor as an excuse to this much contribution to bettering futures.” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.

Bennett is a product of Chicago Public Schools himself in which he attended Jones College Prep High School, he returned to his hometown following his three-Grammy win to try to use the weight of his fame, as well as the funding from it, to help the cash-strapped public school system.

 

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Since August, Allstate Insurance Company who has partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation is encouraging alumni and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to protect the legacy of HBCUs and their students by participating in the company’s annual Quotes for Education (QFE) program. In its eighth year, Allstate will donate up to $250,000 in scholarship funds to the Tom Joyner Foundation to assist students attending HBCUs.

“Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are passionate about investing in the aspirations of HBCU students to ensure that they become successful HBCU graduates,” said Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate and an alumna of Florida A&M University. “HBCUs are a vital part of our country’s history and they continue to have an undeniable impact on their students, graduates and the larger African American community.”

Between August 1 through November 30, 2016, Allstate will contribute $10 for every person who mentions “Quotes for Education” when receiving an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent, or quotes online at www.allstate.com/HBCU.

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation also teamed up with award-winning artist, actor and philanthropist, COMMON, an HBCU attendee and long-time supporter of the HBCU community. As a devoted advocate for education, the Chicago-native founded the COMMON Ground Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers underprivileged youth in Chicago through education initiatives.

“Growing up in Chicago, my mother, an educator and principal, always stressed the importance of education. I see how difficult it is for some students to stay in school and also get a higher education, when they don’t have the resources,” says COMMON. “That’s why I’m proud to support Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation on a program that is working to address this issue and support the larger HBCU community.”

Since 2009, Allstate had donated more than $1 million representing over 500 student scholarships distributed to HBCU students through the QFE program.

Allstate’s year-round commitment to programs that empower the African American community include its 12-year history of being the title sponsor of the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, in addition to its QFR partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation.

“HBCUs are a big part of me and my family and so many politicians, athletes, entertainers, educators, doctors, scientists and engineers who are so successful today,” says Tom Joyner, a Tuskegee University alumnus and chairman/founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation. “Together with Allstate, we’re encouraging HBCU alumni to give back in an effort to preserve this amazing legacy and provide students the financial freedom needed to focus on their education.”

To participate in the QFE program to making brighter futures before November 30 deadline, visit allstate.com/hbcu to find a nearby participating agent or to receive a quote online.

 

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.

 

About The Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation (http://tomjoynerfoundation.org) was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 18-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.