2019 “A Mind Is…” Gala - San Francisco | UNCF

2019 “A Mind Is…” Gala – San Francisco


If you cannot attend but wish to help area students, click here to donate!

UNCF and the Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE) join forces to celebrate local students and the country’s HBCUs, and recognize the extraordinary contributions of corporations, individuals and non-profits that support higher education and cultural uplifting in underserved communities.

The UNCF “A Mind Is…”Gala  is one of San Francisco’s signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the year that support underserved minority students in the Bay Area and across the country. The event is hosted by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and individuals, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in America’s future by getting students to and through college.

More than 500 attendees representing the Bay Area will come together to support education equality. The evening will consist of:

  • VIP Reception
  • Red Carpet Experience
  • Dinner and Awards Presentation
  • Live Entertainment and Dancing

Attire: Formal, Black Tie Optional

Reserved seating only. Individual tickets are $200.

Presented by UNCF San Francisco


Keynote Speaker and Honorees
Relax and Enjoy the Music
Venue and Parking Details
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero

Visit the hotel website for directions and details.

Click here to view parking details and options.

Five Things You Should Know

UNCF “A Mind Is…”Gala is the party of the night.
We’re bringing both sides of the Bay together to drive change and stand up for education equality. This year, we’re focusing on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, especially the tech world. UNCF believes that all young adults, especially those of color,should be given an equal opportunity to succeed and become a productive member of society.

Proceeds will benefit our HBCU Students and UNCF Member Institutions.
We can do this! The proceeds raised from the event will go directly to support our HBCU students and 37-member institutions. Yes, you heard us right: Every penny of your pledge makes a difference in our young scholars’ lives and historical institutions. Remember: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”®

The Need Is Urgent.
By 2025, California will face a shortage of 1 million college degree and certificate holders needed to fuel its workplace. Sixty percent of UNCF scholar recipients are first-generation college students and come from a household with an annual income of $37,000 or less.  We are counting on you to make a difference on February 23, and change a student’s life. We cannot afford to fail these vital contributors to our future.  BE PREPARED TO GIVE!

Attire is “Black Tie.”
What does that mean? We expect dresses, ball gowns, suits, bow ties, neckties and all sorts of “slayed” cocktail wear. NO stuffiness and stiffness needed.

Don’t Be Late!
Please be on time. VIP reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and general registration starts at 6:45 p.m. Dinner and program will start promptly at 7:30 p.m., but if you happen to be  caught in traffic, don’t worry, we will save your RESERVED seat.

Meet UNCF Scholar Ciara May

Ciara May graduated from the University of Southern California in May, 2018, with a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship. She is now a Venture for America Fellow and works at HBCU Johnson C. Smith University in the Innovation Center as a program coordinator. During Christmas break in her senior year, Ciara found herself back at home in Los Angeles wondering how she could finish her final semester in college.  She’d made it to her final year, but simply did not have the funds to continue.  “I woke up on the first day of spring classes to an email saying I had been awarded exactly the amount I was short. It brought me to tears.  I can’t thank UNCF and MUFG Union Bank enough.”   On behalf of UNCF and MUFG Union Bank, congratulations Ciara May.

UNCF administers over 400 academic scholarship and fellowship programs every year, and yet is able to fund only one out of every ten requests for financial support.