Fact Check: HBCU Alumni Give More Than National Average

Historically Black Colleges and Universities alums are often portrayed as not giving back to their alma maters, but recent data about HBCU gifting challenges this misconception. Contrary to popular belief, many HBCU graduates actively contribute to their institutions financially–and do so above the national average.

In 2019, the national alumni giving rate was just 8 percent during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, but HBCU grads, as a collective, were giving back at a rate of 10 percent, exceeding the national average, Forbes reported. Some HBCUs, like Tuskegee, Claflin, Spelman, and Bennett, have alumni who give at rates above 25 percent, shattering the myth that HBCU alumni do not financially support their schools, Mississippi Free Press.

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