Lakewood Church Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen Present $100K Gift to Support HBCUs

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the celebration of Black History Month, Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen today presented a $100,000 love offering on behalf of Lakewood Church to support historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax.

“Victoria and I believe strongly in the mission of UNCF and are honored to present this donation on behalf of Lakewood Church to Dr. Lomax to support the important work of UNCF to keep historically Black colleges and universities relevant and effective in developing the future leaders of this nation,” said Pastor Osteen.

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UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax with Lakewood Church Pastors Victoria and Joel Osteen.

“We are grateful to Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen for their generous gift and appreciate their continued support of HBCUs in helping students go to and through college. Special thanks to Pastor Osteen for your service on the UNCF National Faith and Education Initiative Advisory Council and your vision of a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education,” said UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax.

Dr. Lomax joined Pastor Osteen during Sunday services Feb. 13 at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas to discuss the impact of UNCF and importance of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

As Black History Month is celebrated across the nation, UNCF harkens back to its historical roots through a very important months-long local fundraising campaign that culminates in February—UNCF Sunday—bringing awareness to what really started it all for the organization: the church.

Throughout the year, UNCF works with churches and faith groups across the country to implement UNCF Sundays, a day of financial support to HBCUs from congregations, culminating on a specific Sunday in February. This year’s UNCF Sunday is Feb. 27.

Visit for information about UNCF Sunday.




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