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ERIC Number: EJ931373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-14
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Funding the Mission
Stuart, Reginald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n5 p9-10 Apr 2011
From Louisiana to West Virginia to North Carolina--and many states in between--a growing number of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are coming off the sidelines and finally getting into the major fundraising game. In the face of a cash crunch, the colleges are rushing to launch serious capital and planned giving campaigns. Meanwhile, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), has partnered with The Dream Company, an Alabama-based life insurance provider, to promote the "Insuring The Dream" life insurance plan. Launched in February, the program uses the Internet to sell easy-to-purchase group life term insurance policies in the $10,000 to $100,000 range, with death benefits going to HBCUs designated by the policyholder. Sixteen schools have signed up, including Stillman College in Alabama, Central State University in Ohio and Virginia State University. NAFEO, the organization representing the presidents and chancellors of the nation's 100-plus HBCUs, has posted sign-up information for "Insuring The Dream" on its Web site. The emergence of these schools on the major capital campaign landscape has been hastened by several years of declining state and private support. A still-languishing economy, mounting national debt and Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives have most analysts predicting cuts to federal higher education aid in the near future. The new attention comes after decades of HBCUs largely ignoring capital campaigns. The fundraising strategy, however, has proven highly effective for large non-minority institutions, as well as for several prestigious, private HBCUs like Meharry Medical College, Spelman College and Hampton, Howard, Morehouse and Xavier universities. A heavy dependence on private support at these HBCUs forced them to develop and refine giving campaigns over the years. As a result, the schools have successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars, helping their endowments and foundations thrive in good times while weathering rough patches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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