UNCF’s Black History Month “Build #BETTERFUTURES” Campaign to Raise $500K for HBCU Students

In a month that celebrates African American history and culture, we also want to remember education.”

UNCF will host an inaugural Black History Month fundraising campaign, Build #BetterFutures, with a goal to raise $500,000 to support students attending UNCF’s 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 

“In a month that celebrates African American history and culture, we also want to remember education,” said Maurice E. Jenkins, Jr., UNCF executive vice president. “Build #BetterFutures is a national effort to request support for our HBCUs and the deserving students they serve. By investing in UNCF, you are helping to build a better and brighter future for the next generation of scientists, engineers, educators, clergy and business leaders.” 

To donate to UNCF’s Build #BetterFutures campaign, visit UNCF.org/donate or text UNCFNA to 50555, or contact your local UNCF office to make a contribution. 

Recent data show that 39 percent of students enrolled at HBCUs in the fall did not return to college the following year, due in part to lack of financial resources. Additionally, a report issued last month by UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute found that HBCU students borrow student loans at higher rates and, consequently, graduate with substantially higher debt than their peers at non-HBCUs. Thus, financial assistance can make the difference between a student dropping out of college or graduating with a degree and entering the increasingly competitive workforce. 

During the month of February, which is dedicated to honoring black history in the United States, UNCF is receiving campaign awareness, thanks to media partners at ABC7/WJLA-TV, American Urban Radio Networks, ASPiRE.TV, iHeartMedia, Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and WE tv. HBCU students and alumni are invited to join in the campaign on social media sharing stories of how UNCF’s support helped them get through college, using the hashtag #BetterFutures. 

How Can You Help Support UNCF as we celebrate Black History Month?