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.

DENMARK, S.C. – Voorhees College recently ended the fiscal year raising $1,150,850.35.

The Voorhees College National Alumni Association (VCNAA) contributed more than $200,000 this fiscal year. The association has generated $1M in funds over the last five years.

President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees College alumni are second to non and one of the institution’s biggest supporters.

“Our alumni have been an intricate part in the success of the institution. They come through to assist whenever they are called upon giving from their hearts,” said Evans. “I salute our Tiger alumni family for what they have achieved.”

Also, during the fiscal year, Voorhees celebrated reaching 100% faculty and staff giving. Sarah Simpson, development officer for faculty/staff giving and church relations, said this has not been done before.

“Throughout the year, we created new avenues for faculty/staff appreciation and giving efforts. Strengthening affinity and commitments to the institution we all serve,” Simpson said.

The Division of Institution Advancement and Development under the direction of Vice President Dr. Gwynth R. Nelson, successfully surpassed the annual goal of raising $1M two fiscal years in a row. This year saw an increase in two of the institution’s signature events: UNCF Corporate and Community Lunchoen which raises more than $15,000 and the Presidential Scholarship Gala which raised approximately $200,000.

Nelson said Voorhees has had a successful 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“I would like to thank my team, all of the loyal Voorhees supporters, and President Evans’ vision.  We are already putting our resources together to launch several campaigns for the new fiscal year. Our capabilities will be limitless as we continue to begin, believe, and become Voorhees College,” said Nelson.

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About Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a four-year, co-educational, career-oriented liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. Voorhees College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees. For more information, visit www.voorhees.edu.

CHICAGO, IL – UNCF Chicago office will host its annual “A Mind Is…” Gala which will honor Chicago Football Classic co-founders Everett Rand, Larry Huggins and Tim Rand on this Saturday, June 17th at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

This is a major fundraising event for the Chicago area office of UNCF, which serves students in Illinois and Wisconsin. Each year, UNCF recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals who have made significant contributions of time, talent and resources to support UNCF’s mission and work, and student scholars who have directly benefited from the generous support of area donors.

(left to right; CFC Co-Founders Everett Rand, Larry Huggins, Tim Rand). Photo creds: Chicago Defender.

This year’s honorees include the co-founders of the Chicago Football Classic (CFC) Everett Rand, Larry Huggins and Tim Rand who started the classic nearly 20 years ago. The CFC is a non-profit, helping students attend and graduate from HBCUs across the country. The CFC has its primary mission promoting long-term success of African-American youth, to achieve academic, personal and professionally oriented excellence, while attending historically black colleges and universities and throughout their future lives.

Honorees also include the chief executive officer and director of the University of Chicago Charter School and managing director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute Shayne Evans and Spelman College alumna D’Rita Robinson who is the founder of Chatty Guest, a free app that encourages collaboration, mentorship and global dialogue across disciplines; and to date, the app has been downloaded in more than 51 countries.

To read more about the honorees, visit UNCF Chicago website here.

Tickets are no longer available for this event, but you are still able to donate towards the event and causes of UNCF and its Chicago area office here.