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Donate To Every School In The SWAC/MEAC Challenge


How many HBCUs have you donated money too? Below are the jump pages for every SWAC/MEAC school and/or foundation’s giving page. We challenge HBCU alumni to give to their own and as many HBCUs as possible.

There are 21 HBCUs between the SWAC/MEAC. That means there are 21 opportunities to give that stretch from Texas to Maryland and impact the institutional opportunities of tens of thousands of African American students, their families, and our communities. How many will you impact?

Alabama A&M University Give now

Alabama A&M University Foundation

 

Alabama State University give now

Alabama state university foundation

 

alcorn state university give now

alcorn state university foundation

 

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff give now

 

Bethune Cookman University Give Now

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation

 

coppin state university give now

CSU Development Foundation

 

Delaware State University give now

Delaware state university foundation

 

florida a&m university give now

Florida A&M University Foundation

 

Grambling State University Give Now

Grambling University Foundation

 

Howard University Give Now

 

Jackson State University Give Now

Jackson State Development Foundation

 

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Give Now

 

Mississippi Valley State University Give Now

Mississippi Valley State University Foundation

 

Morgan State University Give Now

Morgan State University Foundation

 

Norfolk State University Give Now

NSU Foundation

 

North Carolina A&T State University Give Now

North Carolina A&T Real Estate Foundation

 

North Carolina Central University Give Now

NCCU Foundation

 

Prairie View A&M University Give Now

Prairie View A&M Foundation

 

South Carolina State University Give now

South Carolina State University Foundation

 

Southern University and A&M College Give Now

Southern University System Foundation

 

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Four HBCU Cities Among List Of Best Startup Cities In America


“No disrespect to San Francisco or Brooklyn, but we wanted to identify the next wave of cities building an ecosystem to turn innovators into entrepreneurs.” – Poplar Mechanics Editors

It is no secret that if HBCU citizens are going to close the wealth gap for their families and institutions, then it will happen through enterprise. Fifteen of the twenty wealthiest people in the world on Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index have their sources of wealth noted as self-made. A term that many would argue could have a broad interpretation. For instance Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon with a net worth of $33.1 billion, received a $300 000 loan from his father to launch his company. A reality that is unimaginable by well over 95 percent of HBCU citizens and their families. According to Statista (graph below), of the 9.63 million households in America that are millionaires, excluding their homes, only 8 percent are African American or 770 400. With approximately 15.5 million African American households that means the chance you have of having parents who can write you a $300 000 check is approximately 5 percent at best. 

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However, having familial money is not everything when it comes to startups today. It helps a lot definitely, but there are other variables that are vital as well. What is the ecosystem for business like in your city? Is there a cluster of entrepreneurs? The old adage that iron sharpens iron would be very poignantly applied here. Part of Silicon Valley’s success is because of the number of ideas flying around nonstop. The hardest thing to find in Silicon Valley is someone who is not an entrepreneur, but a recent article in Popular Mechanics suggest that there are a budding number of hot spots across the country for startups. A term that should not just be confused with technology companies, although it has become almost synonymous with them and Silicon Valley.

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The first is St. Louis, Missouri which ranked number one overall in the article, home of Harris-Stowe State University. Recent reports have Harris-Stowe just above 1 700 students. The city has been struggling to revive its population (graph above) over the past 45 years, with an almost 50 percent decline in population this new startup boom could be just what it needs. So how is the city turning itself around? By returning to its entrepreneurial roots and reinventing itself or as Popular Mechanic editors put it, “St. Louis is a place where people come to make things—always has been. It was founded by enterprising fur traders and thrived on the wealth of railroad barons and beer moguls.” After the Great Recession that saw the city’s flagship company Anheuser-Busch sale itself off, the city took a step back and reinvented itself, “From 2011 to 2013 the ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs more than doubled in size with the launch of eight makerspaces (shops with tools like 3D printers and laser cutters), accelerators (early-stage investors and mentors), and coworking spaces (a shared office for startups, with low rent)”. The city and St. Louis Chamber of Commerce is really getting behind the movement, backing such startup hubs as T-Rex, which revitalized an 80 000 square feet 1898 building that gives startups a place to put down their initial roots. One of T-Rex’s tenants that Popular Mechanics highlights is from a local university, “Betaversity, the brainchild of biology student Blake Marggraff, 22, and two of his associates. The company’s main product is the BetaBox Mobile Prototyping Lab, a work space with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, and more—all cleverly wedged into a shipping container.” It appears that the Gateway Arch is shining itself up for its second act.

Number five on Popular Mechanics list of best startup cities in America was Baltimore, Maryland. It is home to three HBCUs. Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and Sojourner-Douglass College all call Baltimore home. The institutions between them are home to almost 12 000 students. According to Popular Mechanics, “One thing that helps all startups in Baltimore—a low cost of doing business, including reasonable rents.” A low cost of business is vital, especially for African American entrepreneurs who are not likely coming from deep family pockets or may lack access to capital via investor networks or bank loans. Under Armour, which was launched in Baltimore three years after graduation by former college football player Kevin Plank. It has grown to become one of Nike’s thorns in less than twenty years and has made Plank a multi-billionaire. It has also allowed him to become one of his colleges biggest donors and boosters. The city has also produced two notable HBCU owned media companies. One, Carter Media Enterprises founded by Morgan State University alumnus Jarrett Carter, Sr., owns HBCU Digest and has been at the vanguard of a new generation of HBCUpreneurs. The city’s Emerging Technology Centers also has been vital according to Popular Mechanics, “In 15 years the business incubator and accelerator has aided more than 350 companies that have attracted $1.6 billion in investments.” In other words, Baltimore is booming.

HBCUs and the cities they are in must and should take similar steps to creating incubators within their town. Baltimore HBCUs really have an opportunity to make a splash with 12 000 students if they created a joint incubator. Schools like Texas A&M have even gone so far as to start a program called Startup Aggieland, which  per their website, “student startup offices and co-working spaces for student collaboration, as well as free business resources, professional training and networking events.” The university does not take any equity in these businesses or their intellectual property, but by offering them the space they know if any of them are successful there is a strong chance that these students will become high-quality or transformative donors. Something all HBCUs desperately need. It also gives these students work experience before graduations, which is becoming even more of an issue for many graduates entering the work force.

These incubators and ecosystems must also take advantage of geographic and academic strengths. HBCUs in the DMV should be focused on government and defense related entrepreneurship or more specifically in Baltimore, the STEM research being conducted at America’s largest research institutions, John Hopkins. Nosy around and see what research they are developing that may have commercial application. Or if your HBCU is an 1890 school, focus on agricultural businesses. Gulf coast HBCUs should definitely be looking at aquaculture given its recent boom. Again, we have to push this as not only important, but absolutely strategically vital to our long-term survival and success.

From big cities to small towns, HBCUs should be engaged with their civic counterparts to see how they can create opportunities for their students to engage the role of owner, founder, and entrepreneur. It is vital that we create a stronger HBCU private sector that can grow enough companies and actually provide wealth creation, more immediate employment for graduates, and opportunities to start their own companies. It is also crucial that alumni play a role in this as well. Either through creating an endowment that can give the school monetary funds to award to students who engage in on-campus HBCUpreneurship or if they are HBCUpreneurs themselves providing time to mentor budding HBCUpreneurs at their alma mater. Capital is ultimately the KEY component that can unlock a lot of HBCU startup potential. Without it, these are just fancy cars parked in the driveway with no gas. We beat this horse constantly, but this is where the advent of the HBCU Credit Union would be extremely vital in HBCU startups accessing capital.

At this points we have three options: innovate, stay on life support, or die.

The other two HBCU cities on the list: 

Detroit, Michigan, home of Lewis College of Business, ranked number thirteen on the list. An HBCU and city badly in need of a makeover.

Austin, Texas, home of Huston-Tillotson College, ranked number fourteen on the list. An HBCU that sits in the looming shadow of the state’s largest public institution. Dell is based there and Twitter made its public debut at the SXSW Interactive festival that is held annually there.

 

The HBCU Endowment Feature – Coppin State University


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School Name: Coppin State University

Median Cost of Attendance: $25 593

Undergraduate Population: 3 295

Endowment Needed: $1 686 545 760

Analysis: Coppin State University needs an approximately $1.7 billion endowment for all of its undergraduates to attend debt free. The university is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Coppin State University has become an orphan among stepchildren. The state of Maryland of has historically been brutal to HBCUs and it does not help that Coppin State University shares the state’s largest city with 2 other HBCUs and John Hopkins, the nation’s leading research institution. It is considered by many to be a diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, it is hard to see anyone uncovering that rough so long as the school remains in Baltimore. Location seems to be harming and not helping Coppin State University. It has no room to establish an identity or expand more importantly. The school should consider a relocation to Waldorf, Maryland which is located over a hour away from Baltimore. Waldorf is the 5th largest city in the state and has a 54 percent African American population. Only Baltimore has a higher African American percentage of African Americans. This space could give Coppin State University the opportunity to recruit students in Baltimore who might want to go “away” from home without being too far. Coppin State University has been known for producing quality nurses and teachers. The problem lies in that neither of these occupations produce the high quality donors that universities need to build their endowments. Of course if it honed its nursing program on the specialties that were the top earners that would greatly help. Coppin State University badly needs to find a professional niche it can grow. No small task and one that requires understanding the lay of the land, vision, and leadership. All of which Coppin State University has been lacking for many years now. Despite many problems there is no denying that Coppin State University possesses something special it just needs the space to show what it can do.

As always it should be noted that endowments provide a myriad of subsidies to the university for everything from scholarship, faculty & administration salaries, research, and much more.