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“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 Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and around the country?

UNCF Boston is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. Located in the South End, UNCF Boston is charged with raising funds to support UNCF’s mission of getting highly motivated deserving students to and through college at UNCF-member institutions and more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country.

UNCF “Protecting Our FUTURE” Campaign

UNCF’s Federal Policy and Government Affairs Division has been working urgently to save a source of funding ($85 million/year) for HBCUs. The funding expires at the end of the month unless Congress acts.

We are just days away from HBCUs losing $85 million a year to educate our students. The program we are trying to protect and get funded is the Mandatory Title III/SAFRA funding—expiring Sept. 30, 2019. It’s easy to protect $85 million per year for HBCUs, let Congress know HBCUs matter—and to protect our FUTURE!

To help save this vital funding for HBCUs:

  1. Go to www.uncf.org/protectingourfuture
  2. Click “write your Member of Congress”
  3.  Fill out the blank fields and click “next”
  4.  Click “submit.” The pre-written letter will be sent to your U.S. Representative and both of your U.S. Senators.

Want to volunteer for a formal event or a noontime luncheon with community leaders? If you’ve got the time and are interested in getting behind UNCF, we’d be very happy to hear from you. Is a child you know looking for the right college? Can you contribute to keeping student aid available and academic programs strong at UNCF-member colleges or universities? UNCF Boston will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.

Read why area donors support UNCF

Did You Know?

Each year, UNCF receives over 2,170 applications from New England area students needing financial assistance. More than 1,660 New England students are supported by all of UNCF scholarship programs.

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Boston Red Sox Hosted UNCF 75th Anniversary Homecoming Reception

Held at Fenway Park, the event raised funds for HBCUs and local students; alumni from local HBCU networks gathered for homecoming reception

As it marks a major milestone, UNCF celebrated its work on Sept. 11 at the New England “A Mind Is…” Homecoming Reception at the Vineyard Vines Club in Fenway Park with UNCF-member HBCU Morehouse College alumnus and guest speaker, George “Chip” Greenidge.

UNCF developed a group of local HBCU alumni, who through their determination to champion a quality education for all, are making efforts to unite others in the Boston area. The event highlighted the vital work that UNCF does to help support HBCUs and the deserving scholars who attend these institutions.

The event was made possible through the support from community partners with contributions from the Boston Red Sox and many others.

During the past 75 years, UNCF has helped nearly half a million students earn college degrees. As the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, UNCF also actively supports 37 private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocates for minority higher education.

Boston Homecoming Reception, Sept. 11

Diego Aviles (second from right) with retired Boston Red Sox player, Sam Horn (right), and committee members.

Pam Kenn, vice president of alumni and player relations for the Boston Red Sox, (right) gifted UNCF with commemorative jersey for our 75th anniversary.



Boston Homecoming committee with the guest speaker, George “Chip” Greenidge, Jr. Ed. M., Ph.D. (2020), and retired Boston Red Sox player, Sam Horn.

UNCF Raises More Than $110K for HBCUs and Deserving Students at Inaugural New England “A Mind Is…” Reception

UNCF celebrated its 75th anniversary at the New England “A Mind Is…” reception on June 6 at the Four Seasons. Raising over $110,000, the inaugural event benefited deserving students and the 37 private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) UNCF supports. As it marks such a major milestone, UNCF is proud to honor former Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ronald L. Walker, II (Leadership Award); Frederick L. Brown, former Massachusetts Appeals Court judge (1976-2015) (The Shirley Chisholm Community Service Award); and husband and wife dynamic duo Fletcher and Benaree Wiley (Lifetime Achievement Award) for strengthening our HBCUs and helping to continue our mission. >> Read More

Scenes from New England “A Mind Is…” Reception


Mass. Governor and Boston Mayor Wish UNCF a Happy 75th

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

UNCF Boston Staff


UNCF New England Leadership Council

“I support UNCF because I am inspired by students who work hard to attend and graduate from college.”

Justin Bullion
, 2015-current
Managing Principal, Payden and Rygel

“Today, a college degree is the entry-level requirement for almost every fast-growing job and career.  With a college education more important than ever—but more expensive than ever—our young people and the country need UNCF to do what it does best:  help make sure everyone has an opportunity for a college degree, regardless of economic status.”

Gary Morton, MBA, MSM, DBA CAND
Co-Chair, 2015-current

Director, Give with Liberty Mutual


  • Farrah Belizaire, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and Founder & Managing Director of Litework Events
  • Shavon Bell, Principal Executive Search, Koya Leadership Partners
  • Anthony Berry, Director of Admissions, Trinity College
  • Dick Dakessian, Regional Director, CVS Pharmacy Area 1 Region 2, CVS Health
  • Charles F. Desmond, Ed.D., CEO, Inversant
  • Lucyus Fevrier, Web Producer/Interactive Designer, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Sharra Gaston, Housing Policy Manger, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Keon T. Holmes, CFA, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
  • Stanley O. King, II, Vice President of Corporate Development, Emulate, Inc.
  • Demetriouse Russell, Founder and  Managing Partner, Venn Diagram Partners LLC
  • Kenneth L. Turner, Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Compliance, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Jacquetta Van Zandt, Senior Advisor of External Relations, City of Framingham, Mayor’s Office
  • Christopher West, Motivational Speaker, CWest Speak
In the middle of the semester, when I was told I had an unpaid balance on my account and I knew there was no way for me to pay it off, UNCF saved my education and my future. For that, I am forever grateful to the dedicated and loving UNCF staff in Boston.

Meggie Noel , UNCF Boston scholar and Spelman College student