HBCU Presidents Want Alumni To Give Back

Aug 5, 2019

Florida's HBCU Presidents speaking on panel during the Florida HBCU Impact Summit on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Tallahassee, FL.
Credit Marquel Brown / Florida A&M University SJGC

Presidents of Florida’s four Historically Black Colleges & Universities met on the campus of Florida A&M University to discuss the future of HBCU’s.

The university presidents were asked about future Challenges for their school. FAMU President Larry Robinson says one issue is alumni giving.

“We can’t simply rely on other folks to take care of us when the amount of alumni -- and I really love the alumni at Florida A&M University they do such a wonderful job -- but when you look at the community collectively and see that the percentage of alumni that give back is in the single digits, and we have done such wonderful things for them and their careers, something is wrong," said Robinson.

According to one study, on average a college graduate can expect to earn $1.1 million. A 2017 U.S. News & World Report study found that the average giving rate for HBCU’s was 11.2%.