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UNCF New York

“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 New York and around the country?

UNCF New York is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. Located in Manhattan, UNCF New York unites individuals, institutions, supporters and volunteers from all corners of the Empire State to help all people succeed in education and the workplace. From raising scholarship dollars and unrestricted funds, to raising college awareness and preparedness, our staff and volunteers are eager to engage.

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Austin Easterling

New York Returning to Our Roots Community Leaders Breakfast

The Abyssinian Baptist Church hosted the UNCF 75th anniversary “Returning to Our Roots” Community Leaders Breakfast, April 26, to commemorate the historical prominence churches and community trailblazers have played in the foundational and ongoing support of UNCF and HBCUs.  

Austin Easterling, Morehouse College alum, spoke on the significant impact UNCF made on his life. “When I think back on my life, all I ever wanted was opportunity. The opportunity to achieve more. The opportunity to make a difference. The opportunity to be put in a position to succeed. The opportunity to change lives and ensure no mind is left wasted. UNCF not only believed in me but provided me with that opportunity.”  

While attending Morehouse College, Easterling founded a charity initiative, The College Charity Run, to raise over $10,000 and bring awareness about issues affecting people of color. UNCF’s impact continues to inspire communities to light the way for better futures.  

UNCF New York proudly honored Harlem Hospital CEO, Eboné Carrington with the Trailblazer Award and Rev. Jeffrey S. Thompson, Amity Baptist Church, Rev. Naomi Tyler-Lloyd, Trinity Baptist Church and Rev. Brian D. Scott, Union Baptist Church with the Keeper of the Flame Award.  



UNCF New York Raises More Than $500K for HBCUs and Deserving Students at its “A Mind Is…” Gala

UNCF celebrated its 75th anniversary just a few days ago in the Big Apple. While always a significant player in the organization’s fundraising efforts, New York City has also had a unique tie to UNCF—75 years ago, the organization was founded and incorporated there with the help of many noted business leaders and philanthropists of the time. The March 21 event honoring supportive New York corporations and philanthropists, including long time UNCF advocate and education change-maker former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, raised more than a half a million dollars to invest in UNCF’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the deserving students that attend them. >> Read More


Your investment makes a difference in your community

Frank Baker SpeakingFrank Baker, co-founder and managing partner of Siris Capital Group, is a dedicated supporter of UNCF. He explains why it is important to help the next generation fulfill its dream of a college education. (click image to view)


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The status and the money that I have been blessed with in this life…is so I can reach back and help some other black children who are just like me. That’s the story of UNCF—you reach back.

Cathy Hughes , Founder and Chair, Radio One, and UNCF Keeper of the Flame awardee