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

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…

2024 UNCF National “A Mind Is…”® Gala – Washington, DC

2024 UNCF National “A Mind Is…”® Gala – Washington, DC

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate the 80th year of the annual UNCF National “A Mind Is…”® Gala! This milestone fundraising and social event focuses on…

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…

HBCU Transformation Project: Presidents’ Summit

HBCU Transformation Project: Presidents’ Summit

Date: March 11, 2024
Time: 5:30 PM

In partnership with TMCF and Partnership for Education Adancement, the summit brings together critical leaders committed to advancing the collective mission of HBCUs. Through dynamic…

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…

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Awarded 2023 Amazon Web Services IMAGINE Grant to Develop HBCUv

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Awarded 2023 Amazon Web Services IMAGINE Grant to Develop HBCUv

The UNCF Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) was awarded the 2023 Amazon Web Services (AWS) IMAGINE Grant, open to registered non-profit organizations. They will collaborate…

Institutional Site Visit: Wilberforce University

Institutional Site Visit: Wilberforce University

Date: March 11, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM

March 11-12, 2024 Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for…

FORBES Turning 80, United Negro College Fund Stages A Revival

FORBES Turning 80, United Negro College Fund Stages A Revival

The Forbes article highlights the resurgence of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) under the leadership of CEO Michael L. Lomax, detailing its return to…

RECAP REPORT: UNITE 2023

RECAP REPORT: UNITE 2023

UNITE is a transformative annual gathering hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) that serves as a rallying point for champions of Black higher…

Institutional Site Visit: Stillman College

Institutional Site Visit: Stillman College

Date: March 18, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM

March 18-19, 2024 Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for…

UNCF and Google are Paving the Path Forward to Increase Opportunities for HBCU Students in Tech Fields with Additional $2M Investment

UNCF and Google are Paving the Path Forward to Increase Opportunities for HBCU Students in Tech Fields with Additional $2M Investment

A long-standing collaboration between UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and Google continues to make groundbreaking investments in historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Google has…

WALL STREET JOURNAL Historically Black Colleges Land $124 Million Donation to Boost Enrollment, Graduation Rates

WALL STREET JOURNAL Historically Black Colleges Land $124 Million Donation to Boost Enrollment, Graduation Rates

Blue Meridian Partners grants UNCF, TMCF, and Partnership for Education Advancement with funds to support the HBCU Transformation Project, aimed at enhancing enrollment, retention, and…

HBCUv Faculty Convening & Special Briefing

HBCUv Faculty Convening & Special Briefing

Date: March 21, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM

March 21-22, 2024 The HBCUv briefing will provide a unique opportunity to delve into the key features and functionalities of HBCUv alongside some of the…

UNCF, Axim Collaborative and Harvard University: Reshaping Higher Education through HBCUv

UNCF, Axim Collaborative and Harvard University: Reshaping Higher Education through HBCUv

Today, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest minority education organization, announced its partnership with Axim Collaborative and Harvard University to further the development…

UNCF’s UNITE Summit Convenes HBCU Leaders

UNCF’s UNITE Summit Convenes HBCU Leaders

Diverse reports over 1,000 influential figures from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) convened in Atlanta for the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 2nd annual…

A Dream Deferred 2024

A Dream Deferred 2024

Date: March 25, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM

The College Board’s A Dream Deferred conference in 2024 aims to convene education professionals and advocates dedicated to improving outcomes for African American students. Focused…

“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