Federal Policy & Advocacy

"Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort."
—John F. Kennedy

UNCF’s Federal Policy and Advocacy work is centered on one simple yet powerful commitment: To invest in better futures for our young people by making sure that the needs of students of color and the colleges and universities they attend top the agenda whenever policymakers set education priorities.

Our efforts center on two key goals:

1) Ensuring lawmakers have the information they need to make smart, well-informed decisions about UNCF students and member HBCUs, and

2) Ensuring our stakeholders—like you—have the information and tools they need to make their voices heard.


  Read UNCF’s landmark report HBCU’s Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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#PreserveHBCUs: National Call to Action


The fate of more than 700 historic buildings on HBCU campuses hinges on the support of the U.S. Senate. Congress can preserve historic buildings on HBCU campuses by passing long-overdue legislation before the end of the year to provide much needed funds for the HBCU Historic Preservation Program. Or Congress could do nothing and let these historic national treasures deteriorate. Your voice matters! Email or tweet your Senators now.

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UNCF Federal Policy and Advocacy Team


We help educate elected officials about the needs of our students, the value of HBCUs and the important role education plays in keeping America strong.

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Government Affairs Committee


The Government Affairs Committee is made up of UNCF-member institution presidents who are academic and community leaders, all of whom have a passion for—and a commitment to—providing educational opportunity.

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