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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 Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and around the country?

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

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In 2023, UNCF Milwaukee introduced its inaugural class of Masterminds, selected based on their commitment to the community, accomplishments, and dedication to the mission and goals of UNCF. Together, these talented community leaders help to build on a culture of philanthropy to support even more students in achieving their higher education goals.

Meet the Milwaukee Masterminds

Toi Salter: A Million Dollars and More Through the Power of One

A photo of Toi SalterToi Salter doesn’t just meet expectations. She blows through them. Driven by her commitment to youth, education and her beloved Chicago, Salter is a perfect UNCF partner who stands atop the world.

A wealth and business manager whose clients include NBA All Stars, Salter is known for her philanthropic efforts and has been the driving force behind several successful fundraisers for various charities in the Chicagoland area. Salter was invited in 2017 to meet UNCF staffers and prospective UNCF “A Mind Is…” Gala committee members.

After the meeting, she was all in: Salter brought in close to nine times the amount each committee member was asked to raise. Chicago’s 2017 “A Mind Is…” Gala was the beginning of something special between UNCF Chicago and this extraordinary volunteer. >>>READ MORE

Chicago-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

“A Mind Is…”® Annual Giving Society 

UNCF Chicago Staff