United Negro College Funds

Events

United Negro College Funds was founded

April 25, 1944

Establishment of UNCF

April 25,1944

Frederick Patterson, the founder of UNFC, established Holly Knolls Associates to serve as a conference center for black educators

1945

In 1947,, the UNCF organization provided over $100 million in financial assistance to over 65,000 scholars

1947

Massachusetts senator ,John F. Kennedy, donated the proceeds from his book , Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Profile in Courage", to the UNCF

1959

Jordan's arrival as president led to a dramatic increase in direct appeals to black Americans

1970

With the selection of Vernon Jordan did African Americans gain full control of the UNCF

1970

Since they've been using the motto "A mind is a terrible thing to waste", those eight words became a rallying cry in the African-American community

1972

They called it the "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" to raise money for UNCF schlorships.

1980

The organization enrolled Lou Rawls (a singer) to lead an annual telethon

1980

Raised more than $200 million through 2006 , which was the year of Lou Rawls death.

1980

The largest ever single donation was made by Walter Armstrong, who donated $50 million to the fund

1990