“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 Illinois, Wisconsin and around the country?
UNCF Chicago is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around.
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:
- Go to www.uncf.org/protectingourfuture
- Click “write your Member of Congress”
- Fill out the blank fields and click “next”
- 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?
Your investment makes a difference in your community
Chicago-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.
At the Chicago Cubs’ HBCU Day event on Sept. 14,, the Cubs organization also presented UNCF Chicago with a check in the amount of $25,000. “The $25,000 was in support of UNCF and our’ A Mind Is’ Gala chaired by Toi Salter. The Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts chaired the Gala in 2017, and the Cubs organization and Julian Green continue to support UNCF and HBCUs,” said Lisa Rollins, UNCF area development director. >>Read More
Student loan debt has become so pervasive in society that many 2020 Presidential candidates are building their platforms around the issue. A recent study has found that over 83% of black students find themselves borrowing private and federal loans.
With this in mind, African Pride and JFM Curl Peace have teamed up with UNCF to create the Wear Your Crown With Confidence Loan Forgiveness & Scholarship Program. [The initiative was announced during the 2019 UNCF Gala in Chicago.) The initiative seeks to help black students from HBCUs and other 4-year accredited universities relieve the pressure that comes with mounting student loan debt. >> Read More
Scenes form the 2019 UNCF Chicago “A Mind Is…” Gala