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.

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.

(Photo Courtesy of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

The ongoing state and federal cuts to funding are continuous hitting higher ed as we continue to face an economic crisis in America. The main attack is on nation historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which raises the question, “Are our black colleges relevant?” And the answer is very much “yes.”

HBCUs were established independently by an educator, slave or black church in serving, teaching and training folk of the African-American culture as well serving those communities. Today, HBCUs served a diverse population. These institutions are equally important to the higher ed sector for the reason that they play the role as the backbone institutions of education.

For more than 150 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provide, and serve academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. Though those students were previous or are label as “a risk of not entering or completing college,” HBCUs continue to thrive in the mission of building confidence to turning those students into educated, successful testimonies.

The purpose question is the value of a college degree and how beneficial will it be in ensuring a career opportunity after college. According to UNCF’s 6 Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever, it states that wages have stagnated, college tuition has steadily climbed, and more students are saddled with crushing college debt than ever before.

HBCUs forcefully had to tragically raise its tuition consequentially due to budget cuts from the state or federal are frequently happening, in addition to its low endowment and alumni giving figures. It is crucial that graduates and supporters of HBCUs, take the initiative and interest to give back to an institution actively.

You will never know when the state might cut and how much of a deficit the state is facing. In this case, Lincoln University of Missouri was just announced with an across the state deduction of 7.7% and will leave Lincoln with a $1.34 million reduction from its current FY 2018 budget.

Referring back to UNCF’s study, the nation’s 107 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet they produce almost 20 percent of all African-American graduates and 25 percent of African-American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – which are the critical industries of the future. And HBCU tuition rates are on average almost 30 percent less than at comparable institutions.

Even though, HBCUs deliver an educational opportunity at a lower cost. The institutions assist in maintaining a young men or women’s life from the streets of their communities, out of the statistics and in a scholastic environment that aid them in preparing industrial training for life.

When you invest back in your HBCU, you are paying homage to the activist of those in which they spent in an educational institution that taught African-Americans to adventure out to educate and train others so that African-Americans are equipped for today’s society. Furthermore, when you decide to invest back, think of innovative ways that it can work financially or physically in an individual future as well as the institution itself.

Consider returning to campus and getting involved in positively promoting the institution. Volunteer and assist in recruiting prospective students to the university or college, exposing them to essentials that they may not have been aware of at an HBCU.

Your contributions will play off in the awareness of outside supporters, parents, and college seeking students on how mindful an HBCU relevance is a need in today’s society. However, in this day and time, there are also many support foundations that advocate and tribute to HBCU such as UNCF, TMCF, Tom Joyner Foundation, and the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF). You may also consider visiting the HBCU of your choice website and find ways to give as well.