How HBCUs Can Increase Alumni Donation Rates

Personal Finance, SOCIO-ECONOMICS — 09/May/2012 03:12

How HBCUs Can Increase Alumni Donation Rates

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are known for providing supportive learning environments, strong educational foundations and life lessons African-American students can use long after they graduate. Although many HBCU graduates have mostly positive things to say about their alma maters, they don’t often show their gratitude financially.

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For instance, between 2009 and 2010, although some institutions had decent average alumni giving rates, like Alabama A&M University and Morris College, with rates of 50 percent and 42 percent, respectively, most HBCUs had low numbers, like Tennessee State University and Grambling State University, with 3 percent and 1 percent. The University of the District of Columbia had an average of 0.1 percent.

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