WILBERFORCE, OH – Wilberforce University’s President, Dr. Elfred A. Pinkard, has launched its 2056 Future Focus Campaign #WilberforceUnite, which will concentrate on securing the financial future for the University. The 69-day campaign set goal is to raise $2 million to help meet the university’s need in support of students, facility enhancements, faculty and staff development, and academic programs.

“The Wilberforce Unite Campaign is about much more than giving to Wilberforce University. To be sure, that is an important and essential goal, but there are other considerations. We have the capacity to build a first-rate Wilberforce University with an uncompromising commitment to excellence, high performance and innovation. We need only look back at Wilberforce’s history and accomplishments of past Wilberforceans to look forward and image a future that is formidable and possible. We have but two choices; we can allow the naysayers to spew their negativity about what we cannot do, or we can collectively commit to facing our challenges together with determination and certainty and show the world what we can do. We Are Wilberforce!” said Pinkard in a statement.

Visit www.wilberforceunite.com to learn more on how to support and give to the #WilberforceUnite Campaign.

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About Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University is a four-year, fully accredited liberal arts institution offering 20 academic concentrations in business, communications, computing and engineering sciences, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Wilberforce University also offers dual degree programs in architecture, aerospace, and nuclear engineering. Though the University’s Adult and Continuing Education program, WU offers Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business (CLIMB), for individuals interested in completing their bachelor of science in organizational management, health care administration and information technology. Visit www.wilberforce.edu for more information.

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JACKSON, MS – During Jackson State University’s homecoming pre-game show, the National Alumni Association publicly launch the Millions of Eyes on Excellence Fundraising Campaign with the anticipation of raising $5 million within two years.

Jackson State President William B. Bynum, Jr. challenged the alumni to raise $5 million after they collaboratively raised $1 million by June 30, 2019, for the Millions of Eyes on Excellence Fundraising Campaign, according to a press release by the university.

“The Millions of Eyes on Excellence Fundraising Campaign is an excellence opportunity for the JSUNAA and Institutional Advancement to work collaboratively to raise the bar on alumni giving,” said Gwen Caples, assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs.

The co-chair of the campaign further explained that the alumni participate rate (APR) is often used by corporations and foundations to determine the amount of financial support to give to a college or university. This average APR for HBCUs is 11.2 percent.

“Currently, our APR is 3.8 percent. Our goal is to reach 10 percent in alumni giving by June 30, 2019. We can accomplish this by making monthly contributions to JSU,” she said. “In this way, we will display consistency and loyalty in giving and demonstrate to corporate American that JSU alumni are unequivocally vested in the future of Jackson State University.”

In working with alumni nationwide, the JSUNAA plans to raise $2.5 million annually over the next two years to reach the $5 million goal by 2020. Through collaborative efforts, JSUNAA and Institutional Advancement are asking all alumni to give $10.40 monthly or $125 or more by June 30, 2019, and repeat the financial commitment during the next fiscal year.

Tarita Benson-Davis, first vice president for JSUNAA, Inc. and campaign co-chair, said, “It’s really important for our alumni to give to THEE institution that has given so much to us. As first vice president of JSUNAA, it it my hope that all alumni value the importance of investing in the future of JSU by donating to the Millions of Eyes on Excellence Fundraising Campaign.”

Funds raised from the campaign will support student scholarships that will benefit priorities such as athletics, the excellence or gap fund, the Sonic Boom, etc. Each donor will have the option to specifically designate their gift to a JSU college or department, student fund, annual or endowed scholarship or academic program.

Benson-Davis explained that donating to JSU helps to give back to the next generation of students. The money often goes to new scholarships and to help fund new programs.

“It is wonderful to think that donating can have a lasting impact on future generations long into the future. If we don’t take care of our university and future generation, who will?” she said.

To make a donation to the Millions of Eyes on Excellence Fundraising Campaign, visit www.jsums.edu/giveonline.

Checks should be made payable to the JSU Development Foundation, P.O. Box 17144, Jackson, MS 39217. Please note “Millions of Eyes on Excellence” on the memo line.