#StandWithBennett: Bennett College Exceeds its Goal
Bennett College’s deadline to raise $5 million to help keep their accreditation arrived Monday and the school announced that it has exceeded its goal. Officials stated that the #StandWithBennett campaign raised $8.2 million.
Hundreds of alumni and supporters worked to maintain the school’s accreditation after the board of trustees with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACS) voted to remove Bennett’s membership due to financial instability in December.
“When we were cited in December that we would be removed from membership in SACS, we were told that we did not meet one standard, which was financial resources. And so, SACS has 90 to 95 standards, and that’s the only standard we did not meet. So, to that extent we have to produce $5 million to demonstrate financial stability,” Bennett College President, Phyllis Worthy Dawkins said.
The largest donations the College has received are: $1 million from High Point University; $500,000 each from The Papa John’s Foundation and The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; $100,000 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and two individual donors; $50,000 from the United Methodist Church, Wells Fargo Bank N.A. and Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia; and $40,000 from Mount Zion Baptist Church.
“The entire Bennett College family is grateful to everyone who contributed to our fundraising campaign, no matter how much they gave,” said President Dawkins. “We are thankful to the Greensboro community, people throughout North Carolina and those across the country for the way they have stepped up to Stand With Bennett. We also appreciate the many words of encouragement and all of the prayers made on our behalf. Bennett is truly blessed.”
Bennett College, a UNCF-member institution in Greensboro, NC, has been educating Black women for 146 years with the mission of providing “purpose, integrity and a strong sense of self-worth.”