The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated have long been pillars of black communities. Now they are showing their support for historically black colleges and universities affected by the pandemic.
The sorority recently announced that it set a new record and raised over $ 2.1 million in one day to benefit historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across our nation. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s annual HBCU Impact Day on September 20 far exceeded the target as the nation’s first black sorority received online donations and checks from AKA locals, private donors and dollars counterpart from companies around the world.
“In the fourth and final year of our HBCU Impact Day initiative, I am happy, honored and thrilled to report that we have doubled our donations, surpassing the $ 2 million mark, a historic moment for Alpha Kappa Alpha, our members, other donors, and the institutions that will benefit from these funds, “said Dr Glenda Glover, AKA International President and CEO.” This means even more support for our HBCUs! ”
HBCU Impact Day is part of a four-year, $ 10 million fundraising goal set by Dr. Glover as part of the HBCU for Life: A Call to Action initiative. Glover implemented the program when she took charge of the sorority in 2018. Aiming to promote HBCUs by encouraging students to attend and enroll in these institutions, members have been asked to lead the charge in helping to ensure the fiscal sustainability and success of accredited HBCUs around the world. country. The sorority has successfully met and surpassed the $ 1 million each year goal of their Million Dollar One Day Fundraising Initiative.
“We started this journey in 2018 with the goal of raising $ 1 million in one day. Certainly, uncharted territory, ”says Dr. Glover, who is also president of his alma mater Tennessee State University. “We had the audacity to believe that we could raise $ 1 million in one day. We did it then, as well as in 2019 and 2020, in fact, surpassing our goal of one million dollars! And, in 2021, raising over $ 2.1 million is simply phenomenal. “
At its recent virtual international convention in July, the AKA Educational Advancement Foundation donated $ 1.6 million in unrestricted endowment funds in the amount of $ 50,000 to the following HBCUs: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Clinton College, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, and Interdenominational Theological.
The over $ 2.1 million raised online does not include donations by mail or pledges and contributions that are still pending. It’s not too late to make an impact. Individuals or organizations interested in supporting the effort can always help by texting AKAHBCU at 44321, by mail or online at http://donate.akaeaf.org. For more information on the sisterhood’s commitment to HBCUs, visit www.AKA1908.com.
Center, Jackson State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morgan State University, Morris College, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Simmons College of Kentucky, Southwestern Christian College , Spelman College, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Winston-Salem State University and Xavier University of Louisiana. Bishop State Community College, Coahoma Community College and Shorter College received endowments of $ 12,500.
Over the past two years, all other four-year accredited HBCUs have received $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 in endowment contributions. The first check was presented to Bennett College to support their fundraising efforts associated with accreditation.
“Most people are unaware of the important contributions these legacy institutions continue to make in our cities and across the country, including getting 22% of all African Americans with a bachelor’s degree, nearly 80% of all African American judges and 50% of all black lawyers, ”adds Dr. Glover.
“It is gratifying to know that the funds raised will support endowments, ensuring the sustainability of our historically black colleges and universities. I am especially grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s HBCU Impact Day.