Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will continue for the fourth year in a row its campaign to raise $1 million in 24 hours for their national HBCU Impact Day initiative. The fundraiser will take place on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.
The annual fundraiser is a part of the sorority’s four-year, $10 million commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities led by AKA’s International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. The organization’s more than 300,000 college-educated members, corporate partners, and donors are challenged to make contributions to assist with the ongoing fiscal sustainability and operations of the more than 100 HBCUs around the country. Founded in 1908 as the nation’s first black sorority, the organization has been committed to the advancement of Black education ever since
In 2021, the sorority gifted $1.6 million to 35 eligible four-year HBCUs and gifted $1.3 million in 2020.
The endowments on these campuses will grow in perpetuity and help schools reduce student debt through scholarships, fund industry-specific research, and provide much-needed infrastructure maintenance. Those funds are proving to be extremely crucial during the current climate in higher education.
“Now more than ever is the time for Alpha Kappa Alpha to step up, as we have done for more than 113 years, along with our partners and continue our call to action for our historic institutions of higher education,” Glover said. “The contributions of HBCUs can no longer be overlooked or minimized. Just look to the White House or the United States Congress. HBCUs account for nearly 25 percent of bachelor’s degrees granted to African Americans. I cannot imagine a world without HBCUs, but I can imagine how much stronger the world would be if we all supported the HBCU community.”
On Sept. 20, chapters around the globe will host fundraising events in support of the $1 million fundraising goal. If you would like to support or learn more please visit www.AKA1908.com.