UNCF Richmond

“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 Virginia and around the country?

UNCF Richmond is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. UNCF Richmond focuses on promoting the mission of the UNCF, its donors and friends—its constituent base.

Regional Events

2022 Hampton Roads Mayors Masked Ball

Hampton Roads MMB Promo Banner

Save the Date! March 12, 2022

2021 Virginia “A Mind Is…” Smooth Jazz Concert Gala held on September 24th

Promo photo for the Richmond AMI Smooth Jazz ConcertThe first annual UNCF (United Negro College Fund) A Mind Is…® Smooth Jazz Concert Gala was held at the Historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, September 24th. It opened with a cocktail reception featuring musical protégé Fabian Lance tickling the piano keys. Following was an evening of dinner and jazz headlined by Jazz Artist Nick Colionne, one of the genre’s most tireless and explosive live performers, and special guest Jazmin Ghent, a sultry saxophonist. The Master of Ceremony was Reverend Tommy Fleming, better known in the community as the former “Tommy Gunn” of Urban One Radio and WJZV Smooth Jazz Radio. The 2021 UNCF Keeper of the Flame Award was awarded to Clovia Lawrence, a local broadcast journalist best known in the Richmond metropolitan area as “Miss Community” or “Community Clovia.”

More than 150 civic and business leaders, education professionals and guests from across Virginia were in attendance and over $51K was raised.

UNCF is here to help…

Virginia Union University, a UNCF-member institution, is located in the UNCF Richmond area.


A Wonderful Thing To Invest In: Meet Your Dividends



Actor Blair Underwood, a friend and supporter of UNCF Virginia

Richmond-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.org/PATW.

It is our responsibility to open doors for others in our communities. Thank you, UNCF, for being a beacon of light to our young men and women who seek to attain and build upon their educational excellence.

Vice President, Community Development Manager, SunTrust Bank, now Truist

Mark Johnson Vice President, Community Development Manager, SunTrust Bank, now Truist


A message from the 2019 Keeper of the Flame Award Recipient, Dr. Billy K. Cannaday


Johnathan M. Holifield speaking at the White House Initiative on HBCUs

The keynote address was given by Johnathan M. Holifield, Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs, White House Domestic Policy Council, Executive Office of the President, U.S. Department of Education.







Group photo at award ceremony

From Left: Fred Mitchell, UNCF VP, Dev., Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Div.; honoree Frank Hinckle, Dominion Energy; Gov. Northam; Robin Byrd, UNCF Regional Dev. Dir.; Dr. Hakim Lukas, Pres., Virginia Union Univ.; Maurice Jenkins, UNCF Exec. VP/CDO


UNCF Virginia Leadership Council:

  • Tonya Byrd, Dominion Energy
  • Ralph Dickerson, Virginia Union University
  • Markita Heard, JP Morgan Chase
  • Frank Hinckle, Dominion Energy
  • Linda Hines, Virginia Premier
  • Mark A. Johnson, Truist Bank
  • Maxine McNair, GEICO
  • Sharon Patrick, Enterprise Holding Group
  • Toiya Sosa, Riverside Health Systems
  • Lisa Speller, Colonial Downs
  • Tamara Thornton, Owens and Minor
  • Cecelia Tucker, Old Dominion University
  • Tonya Walley, Cox Communications
  • Anita Wynn, Virginia State University

UNCF Donor Roll

Group shot of Virginia Union University students

Virginia Union University

Thanks to our generous supporters, who help us help Virginia students.

Click to see the 2020-2021 Donors


UNCF Richmond Staff