United Negro College Fund | UNCF


The UNCF receives significant support from private, family and community foundations.  Funds from foundations support scholarships for deserving scholars at colleges across the country. Foundation funding also helps to sustain important programs and initiatives of the UNCF like the Institute for Capacity Building, designed to enhance areas such as enrollment management and fundraising.

Among the programs funded by foundations are Faculty Development Programs supported by grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.  Pictured at a Roundtable convened to discuss the Curriculum Enhancement component of the Institute for Capacity Building are (left to right) Dr. Henry Findlay, Tuskegee, Dr. Shelly Hunter, Norfolk State, Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Stephen Rozman, Tougaloo College, Dr. Michael Lomax, and Dr. Jonathan Lewis, Texas Southern.

The Andrew Mellon Foundation has also provided funding for HBCU faculty to complete their doctoral studies, for international summer seminars for faculty to study abroad, for teaching and learning innovations and basic strategies, for semester-long residence programs at major universities, for mini-grants for research and for studies in ecology.

In addition to the faculty development grants from Andrew Mellon, another foundation that has assisted faculty with dissertation completion support is The Lilly Endowment.

For further information about program areas and initiatives supported by foundation gifts, please contact Suzanne Jenkins, Director, Foundation Relations at sjenkins@uncf.org, (202) 810-0236. For information on the Institute for Capacity Building, please contact Michelle Moore at michelle.moore@uncf.org, 214-370-0634.