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I do believe that new and innovative delivery and implementation models being offered by new, young presidents to support student success can prove to be highly effective in translating to greater student retention and enrollment outcomes.”
—Dr. A. Zachary Faison, President, Edward Waters College serves
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STEM Scholars Update

When Fund II Founding Director and President Robert F. Smith and the Fund II Foundation's Executive Director Linda Wilson committed to changing the lives...

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“A Seat at the Table”: K-12 Advocacy Report

Getting students to and through college is the primary mission of UNCF.

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A New Generation of UNCF Presidents

A new growing group of younger UNCF-member presidents is making an impact.


Education is the key to success, but it costs. More often than not funds are not there or readily available for our children. Most of us did not have the opportunities that are afforded today.”
—Lady Drema Woldman, Former President, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

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More Women Presidents Leading Member HBCUs

Many of these women leaders are breaking barriers, serving as their institutions’ first female president.

HBCUs Awarded
of all bachelors degrees in STEM fields received by African American students
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Senator Doug Jones: A Hero of HBCUs

Heroes often come from the most unlikely places and face insurmountable odds.

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A “Moses” Among HBCU Leaders: Dr. Billy C. Hawkins

His experience and talents are helping to transform UNCF.

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In Memoriam: Oswald Bronson

A renowned educator, visionary administrator, well-respected theologian and celebrated community leader...


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We had to tell it like it is. Our HBCUs needed more funding. Period. And, though, we had little time to get this done because of the two funding cycles colliding, we were diligent and pressed our points with staffers and members of Congress on both sides.”
—Lodriguez V. Murray, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, UNCF

UNCF HBCUs awarded more than
college degrees during the academic 2018-2019 year
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75th Anniversary Gift by AKAs

What do you do when you hit an anniversary of major importance?

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Top Ladies of Distinction Lend Distinctive Touch to Workplace Fundraising

When two graduates of UNCF-member HBCU Texas College joined forces to begin a service organization for...

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Five Fundraisers in Five States Across Two Nights

The end of any year is always exciting, especially when the countdown is to the launch of UNCF’s 75th anniversary..

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“Since our founding in 1944, UNCF has had two major constituent groups—our historically Black colleges and universities and our students. We are more determined and more committed than ever, believing as we do, in the power of our cause and our shared belief that ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste,’ but a wonderful thing to invest in.®
—Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF

Financial Highlights

Charitable Income

Assets and Liabilities


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Officers and Directors

The men and women who guide the actions of the organization are a diverse group of people, and with their help, the organization ensures as many students as possible make it to and through college successfully.


Our Mission

UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation.

UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of underrepresented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practices in moving students to and through college.

UNCF’s North Star is to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation. This is done through a three-pillar strategy:

• Positioning member institutions as a viable college option for students and investing in institutional capacity to improve student outcomes.

• Creating transformational support programs to ensure that students are enrolling and persisting through college completion.

• Building awareness of educational attainment and cultivating college-going behaviors within the African American community.

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