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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 Illinois, Wisconsin and around the country?

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


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

Toi 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.

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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


Scenes from the 2019 “A Mind Is…” Gala

Chicago Defender: Cubs Show Love to HBCUs

At the Chicago Cubs’ HBCU Day event on Sept. 14, the Cubs organization also presented UNCF Chicago with a check in the amount of $25,000.  >> Read More


Essence: UNCF and African Pride Announce $1 Million Student Loan Relief Initiative

Student loan debt has become so pervasive in society that many 2020 Presidential candidates are building their platforms around the issue. A recent study has found that over 83% of black students find themselves borrowing private and federal loans.

With this in mind, African Pride and JFM Curl Peace have teamed up with UNCF to create the Wear Your Crown With Confidence Loan Forgiveness and Scholarship Program. (The initiative was announced during the 2019 UNCF Gala in Chicago.) The initiative seeks to help black students from HBCUs and other 4-year accredited universities relieve the pressure that comes with mounting student loan debt. >> Read More

UNCF Chicago Staff