Friday, February 17, 2017

Feel Good Friday - UNCF

It's Black History Month and Feel Good Friday is celebrating by showcasing the good work being done by UNCF!

Originally known as the United Negro College Fund, you may recognize their motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Since 1944, UNCF has been helping African American students attend and graduate from college.

Their mission is explained their website. "UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation."

They fulfill this mission by providing scholarships and support programs to students as well as investing in the institutional capacity of their member institutions, 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). You can read more details here.

The impact has been, dare I say huge? With $4.5 billion in donations since their inception, UNCF has helped over 430,000 students graduate from college! Their current campaign, "Build #BetterFutures" has the goal of raising $500,000 during Black History Month for HBCU students. Your donation is considered an investment in a young person and if you need a little inspiration, you can watch videos of the students here.

Their website is full of information on how to apply for a scholarship and ways to get involved by making a donation, becoming a volunteer or attending an event. You can also stay in the loop by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @UNCF. The more educated and engaged citizens, the better!

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