No single group of institutions is more responsible for the economic, social and legal progress of our nation’s Black families than those institutions of higher education serving primarily Black students.

The legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) is one of remarkable progress, providing the nation with unparalleled organizations who advance equity while contending with marginalization and injustice.

UNCF founded the Institute for Capacity Building in 2006 to build upon its heritage of supporting Black colleges and their outsized impact on student success and community progress.

Recent News and Events

Alabama State University Receives Wall Street Firm’s Historic Endowment Assistance

Alabama State University Receives Wall Street Firm’s Historic Endowment Assistance

Alabama State University is partnering with private equity firm Neuberger Berman to manage the school’s $125 million endowment – making it the largest such partnership…

Student Newsrooms at HBCUs to Receive $200,000 in Boost for Journalism

Student Newsrooms at HBCUs to Receive $200,000 in Boost for Journalism

Ten student newsrooms at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive nearly $200,000 to help improve campus newsroom technology, business operations, audience engagement and…

UNITE 2024

UNITE 2024

Date: July 28, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM

For those who believe educational equity cannot be achieved without racial justice. That advancing Black colleges and universities is critical to advancing, not just Black…

More Than 2,300 Nonprofits, Brands and Influential Leaders to Activate for Fourth Annual Mental Health Action Day

More Than 2,300 Nonprofits, Brands and Influential Leaders to Activate for Fourth Annual Mental Health Action Day

SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios, in partnership with more than 2,300 leading brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders globally, today announced the fourth-annual Mental Health Action Day, to…

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Announces Recipients of 2023-2024 Faculty Research Mini-Grant Programs

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Announces Recipients of 2023-2024 Faculty Research Mini-Grant Programs

UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023-2024 Faculty Research Mini-Grant programs, sponsored by…

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UNCF Names Legendary Educator Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as President-In-Residence and Co-Chairperson of its $1 Billion Capital Campaign

UNCF Names Legendary Educator Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as President-In-Residence and Co-Chairperson of its $1 Billion Capital Campaign

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is honored today to announce that distinguished scholar, anthropologist and academic pacesetter Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., has accepted a president-in-residence…

UNCF Report Creates Blueprint to Activate HBCU Leadership in Climate Change and Sustainability

UNCF Report Creates Blueprint to Activate HBCU Leadership in Climate Change and Sustainability

Released at the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, “The HBCU Climate Action Blueprint: Sustainable Campuses, Empowered Communities” explores the current activities and future aspirations…

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PGIM, UNCF Study Finds Private HBCU Endowments Need Investment Support

PGIM, UNCF Study Finds Private HBCU Endowments Need Investment Support

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are a critical learning path for Black students seeking quality higher education in the United States. Yet, these institutions…

UNCF Receives $100 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Support Capital Campaign

UNCF Receives $100 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Support Capital Campaign

During a press conference held today at Clark Atlanta University, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $100 million unrestricted grant…

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CNN Philanthropic group gifts United Negro College Fund $100 million grant to help boost HBCU endowments

CNN Philanthropic group gifts United Negro College Fund $100 million grant to help boost HBCU endowments

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has received a landmark $100 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. in support of a capital campaign aimed at…

“The strategic, deliberate and collaborative advocacy of UNCF led to historic funding levels, making the difference between our surviving and thriving.”

INSTITUTE FOR CAPACITY BUILDING

Mission Statement

We partner with Black colleges and universities to propel our shared pursuit of student success, community advancement and the fight for racial-justice equity.

A RACIAL-JUSTICE APPROACH

to institutional transformation and educational equity.

How we define racial justice

The fair and just empowerment of all racial identities, resulting in equal opportunities, equitable outcomes and liberation for all people. Racial justice is achieved through responsive systems, structures and processes, as well as deliberate, dynamic, proactive and preventative supports—all consciously designed to right historic and social wrongs.

We partner with institutions to:

Build Capacity

Prioritize development of the people, processes and technologies required to provide high-quality educational experiences.

Ensure Sustainability

Identify sponsored, grant-funded or revenue-generating activities to fuel continued momentum toward transformation.

Advance Collective Learning

Insist on network-wide sharing of knowledge and best practices to achieve scale.

Our Background

UNCF: An unceasing champion for Black higher education

UNCF was born out of exclusion—founded in 1944 to safeguard, through joint institutional fundraising, the only means for most Black citizens to attain a higher education. We soon became the nation’s largest college scholarship provider for Black and other marginalized students, further establishing ourselves as an engine of the Black middle class.

In 2006, UNCF doubled down on supporting and expediting the transformation of our partner colleges and universities to become more sustainable and more impactful. Out of this effort grew the Institute for Capacity Building.

UNCF President/CEO

UNCF: An unceasing champion for Black students and institutes of Black higher education.

Black Colleges and Universities

Black and other marginalized students

The Institute for Capacity Building celebrates the existence and resilience of HBCUs by leading transformation strategies.

Chanel L. Fort
Director of Academic Innovation
Stillman College