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“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Why not invest your time or money in better futures for young people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia and around the country?

UNCF Washington is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around.

Thank you for your generosity on Giving Tuesday!

Your donations raised needed funds to support UNCF’s mission to help students get to and through college. UNCF still needs your assistance, as we can only help 1 out of 10 students who apply for scholarships, due to insufficient available funding.

Text UNCFDC to 50555 to give $25, or click here to donate today and build better futures for African American students!

Northern Virginia. Baltimore. Montgomery County. Prince George's County. The District of Columbia. The UNCF Washington area office is out in those communities making a difference. Each year, generous corporations, foundations, organizations and hundreds of everyday folks from the community help our students recognize their dreams of a college education. 

Want to volunteer for a formal event or a noontime luncheon with community leaders? Is a child you know looking for the right college? Can you contribute to keeping student aid available and academic programs strong at UNCF-member colleges or universities?

UNCF Washington will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.


Did you know?

  • The students UNCF traditionally serves are from low- to moderate-income families and are often the first in their family to attend college.  More than 50 percent of our scholars come from families with incomes under $30,000 per year.
  • Prince George’s County, MD, is the site of the first Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Breakfast hosted by UNCF—a celebration started in 1983, well before the holiday was nationally recognized.
  • Northern Virginia boasts some of our strongest supporters from the faith community, led by Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. 
  • The Washington UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball was conducted in Washington, DC, and hosted by the Honorable Muriel Bowser. This signature fundraising event has attracted top corporate and civic leaders as well as entertainers and sports stars with ties to the area.

News and Events

Scenes from the 2017 Mayor's Masked Ball

Washington InformerUNCF Calls for Support Against HBCU Threats (2/15/17)

Top education executives cautioned against apathy when it comes to the livelihood of black institutions as the Trump administration takes the reins. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, told attendees at the annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, Jan. 28 held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Northwest that it’s a “critical time in our country.”

“Us supporting education ensures that our young people can finish school and be able to give back,” Lomax said. “We are going to make the case to Congress and the president of the United States that investing in education is good for all Americans. We are going to be rigorous and make our case. Mayors matter, city councils matter, boards of education matter, local and federal governments matter,” he said. >> Read More


UNCF Washington Staff