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Five UNCF-member institutions are located in the UNCF Charlotte area:

17th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Raises Record-Breaking $2.3 Million

Celebrating 75 years of service to the nation, more than 1,000 guests adorned with fascinators and hats attended UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) sold-out 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Sept. 28 in Charlotte, raising a record-breaking $2,300,000 in support of education. Global media leader, producer, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey headlined the signature fundraising event presented by Wells Fargo and bestowed an unrivaled moment by matching live fundraising efforts to donate $1,149,000 million. >>Read More

Scenes from the 2019 UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

Also, view Stacee Michelle interview with Oprah Winfrey at 2019 Charlotte UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon

Charlotte-Supported HBCUs Punch Above their Weight

The UNCF research report HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect. >> Read More at

UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball is about more than just a good time.

UNCF Charlotte held its annual fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, 2019. With both the current mayor and former Mayor Anthony Foxx in attendance, with Secretary Foxx receiving the Masked Award, along with UNCF board member and Bank of America executive Laurie Readhead and singer Anthony Hamilton, the evening was a great success, raising much-needed support for area students and HBCUs. JCSU and the Bennett College’s presidents were also on hand.

Messages from the 2019 UNCF Masked Ball Honorees

This award is bestowed upon those who have served as beacons of hope, who support the UNCF mission of providing educational opportunities, and who keep the doorway of opportunity wide open for deserving African American youth.
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“A Mind Is…”® Annual Giving Society 

UNCF Charlotte Staff