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Institute for Capacity Building

Who We Are and What We Do

In 1944, UNCF was founded to help champion Black higher education through joint institutional fundraising, providing new scholarships, fellowships, programs and supports for our 42 member institutions so they can continue to advance their respective missions.​

icb logoIn 2006, to further our partnerships with Black colleges and universities and support their ongoing transformation and improvement, UNCF formed the Institute for Capacity Building. Since its founding, UNCF ICB has provided  a range of direct support and technical assistance to 42 Black colleges and universities by:​​

  • Promoting the adoption of best practices emerging from country’s network of HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions.​​
  • Advocating policy and fundraising priorities to help Black institutions and students to thrive.
  • Innovating new partnerships, processes, technologies and strategies, all focused on institutional sustainability.
  • Storytelling, by marshaling research, evaluation, communications, and communities of practice to offer accurate perspectives on HBCUs and Black students


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Historic Partnerships. Historic Change.

UNCF’s ICB partners with Black colleges and universities to support their transformation and continuous improvement—all to propel student success, community advancement and the fight for educational equity and racial justice.

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Building an e-learning ecosystem for Black colleges and universities

With our network partners and tech innovators, we’re reimagining how to deliver online the HBCU experience—with all the power of Black joy and resilience our communities provide—to advance student success and institutional transformation.





Every year, UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building organizes UNITE, the nation’s most influential gathering on Black higher education, to learn, inspire and be inspired by leaders, innovators, changemakers and doers delivering on the promise of Black higher education.