Seeking the faithful on Sunday, Feb. 28 to ensure HBCUs remain operable during the pandemic and deserving students across the country have the funds to get to and through college
As Black History Month closes out, the local offices of UNCF is culminating upon a very important fundraising campaign, UNCF Sunday, bringing awareness to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their partnership with the faith community.
“What many don’t realize is that nearly all of today’s HBCUs—whether they’re part of UNCF or are now state-funded HBCUs, were started as missions of the church,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF’s president and CEO. “They began as teaching schools to help freed Black men and women and escaped slaves learn how to read and write and gave them the basic skills to get ahead in life. That is why even today, our HBCUs are precious, vital resources that continue to deliver on their mission, supporting those that need education as a way to help them succeed and level the playing field.”
Each year, in an effort to empower as many talented and deserving young people to get to and through college as it can, UNCF goes back to churches and other faith groups across the United States to ask them to invest in better futures, Every February, to garner ongoing support from those that started it all, UNCF reaches out to communities of faith across the United States to ask for unrestricted donations, culminating on a specific Sunday during the month for each congregation or house of worship to give what it can to make a financial investment in UNCF.
This year, UNCF Sunday is Feb. 28.
UNCF Sunday gives the organization the ability to showcase our UNCF-member HBCU alumni— to show what their gifts of time and treasure to UNCF mean to real people in communities everywhere. This also gives UNCF an opportunity to hopefully impress upon everyone how important it is to continue to give back locally, especially now with the pandemic raging, as we need as many doctors and nurses, pharmacists and pathologists, teachers and technologists in the pipeline because these young people are going to be our future pandemic frontliners.
Local leaders and supporters are participating in this year’s UNCF Sunday, with special worship services and events, web talks and fundraisers.
To learn more about your area’s local faith campaign, please find your region’s office at UNCF.org/Offices, and ask how you and your place of worship can help. You can also go to UNCF.org/FaithCampaign for additional ideas and information.
“Without churches, UNCF likely wouldn’t exist. Collectively, they planted the seed that grew the tree from which we sprang. The faith community has played a critical role in the founding of many of our HBCUs—and thus UNCF—and over the decades, has provided vital funds that have helped to sustain our schools,” UNCF President Dr. Lomax said. “We are proud of UNCF’s ongoing partnership with the faith community and value its impact in communities across the country.”
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.