GiveCampus’s mission is simple, yet profound: to help advance the quality, the affordability, and the accessibility of education. We believe that an education should be available to all, no matter their background. Since our founding in 2014, we have partnered with over 950 schools to fulfill that mission. While we are very proud of our progress, we have decided one of the areas where we have the most room to grow is partnering with schools who serve underserved communities, especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
What is an HBCU? According to The Higher Education Act of 1965, an HBCU is any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans, and that is accredited nationally. Most of these colleges and universities were founded after the Civil War in response to the lack of higher education for Black Americans. During this time, most colleges and universities either prohibited Black students from enrolling or limited the amount of Black students that could enroll. HBCUs still play an important role in the Black community today. They offer an affordable, world class education, build confidence, and instill a sense of pride in their students. HBCUs also build amazing communities. Ask any graduate of an HBCU about their school (or even about Homecoming celebrations); they will gleam with joy and say they went to the best HBCU out there.
So, why does GiveCampus want to partner with HBCUs? We acknowledge that the educational system still does not offer equal opportunity to all and that funding, especially for HBCUs, has been decreasing over the past few years—which translates into the reduction of financial aid and funding for student services and programs. In 2020, GiveCampus launched the Social Mobility Initiative, in which we are giving away $1 million in fundraising support to schools fundraising for first-generation, low-income, or minority students. (Click here to apply for support from The Social Mobility Initiative.)
As a team filled with fundraising strategists, we approach every new partnership by asking questions and learning more about a school’s fundraising goals. In Spring 2021, we are committed to making a concerted effort to reach out to HBCUs to learn more about their Advancement programs and find ways to partner together. As aforementioned, HBCUs build amazing communities and our platform gives schools the ability to enhance and strengthen that community through philanthropic support.
In the coming weeks, our team is going to be reaching out to HBCUs to learn more about their pain points in fundraising and talk about what combination of online giving and volunteer management solutions would best support their goals. GiveCampus is committed to this work—we are excited to learn from HBCUs ourselves, as well as to help our other partner schools learn from their best practices and insights.
If you want to learn more about GiveCampus, schedule an introductory call with our team. We cannot wait to meet you!