Why Donate to HBCUs?
Strong HBCU athletic programs have a “halo-effect” over the entire university and it is the only university department that advances the five most important overarching objectives of the university: enhancement of enrollment and retention, creation of revenue opportunities, alumni engagement, branding and visibility of the university, and enhancement of student experience (e.g. homecomings, classics, historic rivalries etc.) which galvanizes the entire campus and alumni community.
HBCU athletics are a critically important enrollment and retention tool.
College sports, not only facilitate enrollment, but HBCU athletes specifically enjoy higher graduation rates in comparison to their PWI counterparts.
In a 2017 report “A Look at Black Student Success,” Nichols’s study found that HBCUs graduate black students at higher rates (38 percent versus 32 percent for comparable PWIs) despite their students’ having lower standardized test scores and greater financial need.
HBCUs provide almost twice as much educational opportunities to first-generation student-athlete in comparison to their non-HBCU counterparts.
HBCU athletics impact some of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the USA, but they provide the two most combative elements of poverty: employment and educational opportunities.
HBCUs provide a stable and nurturing environment for those most at risk of not entering or completing college: low-income, first-generation college students. Many of these students are academically underprepared for college, yet they’re precisely the students that the country most needs to obtain college degrees.
On average, more than 300,000 students attend HBCUs each year, and 80 percent of them are African Americans. It’s also worth noting that HBCUs are serving those who need it the most — more than 70 percent of all students at HBCUs qualify for federal Pell Grants and 80 percent of HBCU students receive federal loans.
HBCUs are the single most important diversity and inclusion tool within college sports.
HBCUs provide more opportunities to more African-American coaches, athletic directors, commissioners, and sports administrators than any other single constituency in college sports.