Record $ 93.8 Million in Donations Strengthens NC A&T Ability to Provide Scholarships, Fund Academics and Research | Education
GREENSBORO – NC A&T University broke its private fundraising record with $ 93.8 million raised in its just ended fiscal year, which included the end of a long-running fundraising campaign by the university.
The amount includes a $ 45 million successful gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos. But even without Scott’s donation, the university would still have more than doubled the donation record set in fiscal 2020, when it raised $ 18.1 million.
NC A&T is the largest historically black public college or university in the United States. The nation’s second-largest public HBCU, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, raised $ 13.62 million for the year, which was also a record for them.
Harry Williams, chairman of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said many of the HBCUs his group works with have achieved record fundraising for the year. This was prompted, he said, by businesses and philanthropists seeking to make a positive difference for black people in the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020.
“It touched something in the heart of this country, in terms of what we saw happen to an African American in Minneapolis,” he said.
Williams said that prior to this year, no other public HBCU has ever raised $ 93.8 million in a single fiscal year, and it’s plausible that A&T holds the all-time record. Still, he said he would like to check the final numbers from Morgan State and Prairie View A&M, which also received similar-sized grants from MacKenzie Scott this year, before making that claim.