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 Institute for Capacity Building Expands Network Committed to Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

UNCF Institute for Capacity Building Expands Network Committed to Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

UNCF expands transformation partnerships to 42 with newly funded cohort of HBCUs, propelling higher enrollment and student success

Good News for HBCUs

Good News for HBCUs

For decades, Black colleges have been portrayed as deficient. What changed?

Breakfast Briefing | The State of Today’s Learner: Priorities and Policies

Breakfast Briefing | The State of Today’s Learner: Priorities and Policies

Date: December 2, 2022
Time: 8:30 AM

In this panel discussion, you will hear from leaders in the state of North Carolina and the United Negro College Fund as they discuss approaches to reengaging stopped out learners across a diversity of institution types and geographic regions.

The Edge: Putting ‘Digital Equity’ Into the Equation on EdTech Deals

The Edge: Putting ‘Digital Equity’ Into the Equation on EdTech Deals

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on trends in the HBCU space from the annual EDUCAUSE conference.

Striving for the ‘Gold Standard’

Striving for the ‘Gold Standard’

Some historically Black colleges and universities experienced record research funding this fiscal year. It’s a hopeful sign to a group of HBCUs seeking R-1 status.

CFO Winter Retreat

CFO Winter Retreat

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM

The Financial Sustainability Team cordially invites HBCU CFOs, AVPs for Finance, and Controllers to learn, connect, collaborate, and reset.

HBCU aims to achieve its goal of enrolling 10,000 students well ahead of schedule

HBCU aims to achieve its goal of enrolling 10,000 students well ahead of schedule

Morgan State University has announced historic enrollment figures for a second consecutive year.

College Enrollment Declines Again Though Online Schools, HBCUs See Increases

College Enrollment Declines Again Though Online Schools, HBCUs See Increases

Online schools and historically Black colleges and universities were among the few categories of schools to enroll more students in the fall, data show.

Institutional Site Visit: Huston-Tillotson University

Institutional Site Visit: Huston-Tillotson University

Date: December 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

UNCF among Six Intermediaries Receiving $100 Million to Lead Institutional Transformation at HBCUs and Other Institutions of Higher Education

UNCF among Six Intermediaries Receiving $100 Million to Lead Institutional Transformation at HBCUs and Other Institutions of Higher Education

UNCF has received a catalytic investment to accelerate institutional transformation efforts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jarvis Christian University Meets with Hawkins Community in Plan to form ‘Communiversity’

Jarvis Christian University Meets with Hawkins Community in Plan to form ‘Communiversity’

Members of the Hawkins community and Jarvis Christian University met today on the Jarvis campus to announce a new “transformation initiative.”

Institutional Site Visit: Shaw University

Institutional Site Visit: Shaw University

Date: January 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

Ten Strategies for a Successful Presidential Transition & Presidency

Ten Strategies for a Successful Presidential Transition & Presidency

This fall, when classes resume at colleges and universities across America, first-year and transfer students will be joined by hundreds of new faculty members, department chairs and deans, presidents and chancellors.

UNCF Spearheading Groundbreaking HBCUv Initiative Through Collective Genius in Black Pedagogy and Higher Education

UNCF Spearheading Groundbreaking HBCUv Initiative Through Collective Genius in Black Pedagogy and Higher Education

Our innovations will signal a shift from online classrooms to online learning experiences, not just for our own institutions, but for higher education as a whole.

Institutional Site Visit: Claflin University

Institutional Site Visit: Claflin University

Date: January 17, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM

Our institutional site visit is a critical component of ICB’s support to transformation partners. Each site visit is a two-day opportunity for campus leaders to discuss significant accomplishments and/or challenges.

The Financial Struggles Facing HBCUs and Students

The Financial Struggles Facing HBCUs and Students

There is one group of students that is, proportionally, accruing more student debt than others—African American students—and to a greater degree—African American students at HBCUs.

Our Village, Our Digital Innovation: HBCUv

Our Village, Our Digital Innovation: HBCUv

HBCUv is an innovative learning technology ecosystem that is nothing short of revolutionary. It will reimagine the legacy, community and culture of HBCUs into a virtual experience that’s accessible, equitable and connected.

ADRF Convening

ADRF Convening

Date: January 18, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM

Leveraging Big Data to Achieve Equity is a project that partnered UNCF, Excelencia in Education, and the Coleridge Initiative to engage researchers to discover solutions to challenges often encountered by Black and Brown students in higher education.

“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