It’s the season of giving as Giving Tuesday approaches on Tuesday, November 29. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement created in 2012 with the simple idea of encouraging people to do good. Every year various nonprofits, community organizers, grassroots groups, and mutual aid networks from all over the world use Giving Tuesday as a moment to continue to uplift their communities.
There are hundreds of different ways to participate in Giving Tuesday and several nonprofit organizations doing the work to serve their communities. We want to highlight some of those organizations today that are making the world a better place and helping HBCU students in the process. Here are 10 HBCU-Related nonprofits to support this Giving Tuesday!
1. Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. Their mission is to ensure student success by promoting educational excellence and preparing the next generation of workforce talent through leadership development. Their member-schools include the publicly-supported HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), both of which they support through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships. To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to its students and member-schools. The organization distributes 98% of its awards exclusively to HBCUs and PBIs, which is more than any other organization that supports the Black College Community. TMCF has achieved the highest level of accreditation from two major non-profit review groups: Charity Navigator and Guide Star.
2. HBCU Night
HBCU Night is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a multifaceted experience that creates awareness for HBCUs and advocates for progression in the Black and Brown communities. Through their programs and events they are seeking to educate, advocate, matriculate, and celebrate black/brown communities with HBCU excellence, and impact. HBCU Night consists of 5 experiences including HBCU Talks Fair, DEI Career Fair, HBCU Talks Panel, HBCU Alumni/D9 Fundraiser, and live entertainment. Their vision is to increase HBCU matriculation statistics by helping navigate scholarship funds, creating employment pipeline initiatives, and creating a lucrative space for all Black and Brown entrepreneurs.
3. More Than Miles
More Than Miles is a 501c3 nonprofit by the Mad Miles Run Club, aimed to build and strengthen the community. The Mad Miles Run Club is an organization created for runners across various states to challenge themselves and grow through running. It was created to offer runners a safe place to learn, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and catch goals. The More Than Miles nonprofit includes three pillars of focus which are to provide resources to our communities, promote educational advancement, and encourage acts of service. Their 2022 More Than Miles scholarship was created to provide collegiate students the opportunity to develop professionally and socially while highlighting the importance of community in building successful networks.
4. Make it Out Foundation
The Make It Out Foundation (MIOF) Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for individuals who intend on pursuing a post-secondary education. The MIOF provides services such as scholarship assistance, mentoring, educational workshops, internship/job placement, back-to-school drives, volunteer opportunities, and more. To date, they’ve awarded over $25,000 in scholarships and to community efforts throughout the country. In addition to raising funds for scholarships, MIOF’s Board of Directors and volunteers travel around to neighboring facilities, mentoring and empowering children and teens.
HBCUVC is a nonprofit organization that trains students attending HBCUs in venture capital and technology entrepreneurship. Their vision is to build a global innovation economy where Black and historically excluded innovators can boldly create, fail, invest, and thrive. They are fulfilling their vision through their programs which include their Fellowship Program, Lab Fund program, and The Emerging Venture Leaders (EVLs) program. HBCUVC is actively reimagining the innovation economy by developing the next generation of venture capital leaders in communities where entrepreneurs face barriers accessing capital.
6. Last Bison Standing
Last Bison Standing is Student Run-Alumni Advised 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Charitable Organization. They raise money through social media campaigns and have turned photography, community service, and Howard apparel into a fundraising movement. With the money they’ve raised they have been able to provide scholarships, pay off student balances, adopt high school and elementary classrooms, and so much more.
7. NAACP Youth & College Division
Since 1936, the NAACP Youth & College Division (NAACPYC) has grown to become one of the largest groups of organized young people in the country. The NAACPYC aims to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, as well as develop intelligent, effective youth leadership. The college chapters provide training and fine-tune leadership skills to support an increased level of social and political activism.
The National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) is a professional student affairs organization founded on the campus of Howard University, that promotes excellence, professional development, and advocacy. NASAP’s mission is to promote professional development training, research, and advocacy for student affairs professionals and student leaders who serve at HBCUs and professionals who serve in other diverse settings of higher education. They address administrative challenges and strategies in the professional world while fostering an environment for professional collaboration and networking.
9. Lifting Our Voices, Inc.
Lifting Our Voices, Inc. (LOV) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the goal of combatting social and economic issues exacerbated by the pandemic. LOV is focused on creating create spaces for students to develop both socially and civically and empowering the voices of the most vulnerable populations in their communities through need-based service projects. Their ongoing initiatives include the AUC Sandwich Run, toiletry drives, voter registration, and the Cover the Hood Clothing Drive.
10. United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization with the mission of building a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who become highly-qualified college graduates with UNCF’s support. They have helped produce thousands of college graduates and leaders by awarding more than 10,000 students scholarships, worth more than $100 million, each year. By providing financial support to 37 HBCUs, and by serving as the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement. Since their founding in 1944, they’ve helped to more than double the number of minorities attending college.