The Black College Fund Leads the Way

One of the most significant ways The United Methodist Church helps make quality education accessible to all is through the Black College Fund (BCF). The fund supports the 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUS) related to the church – the largest number of black colleges and universities receiving funding from any church body in the United States.

A Legacy of Leadership

The UM-related black colleges and universities, far beyond proportion to their numbers and financial resources, are responsible for educating some of the world’s most effective and recognized leaders. That impressive cadre includes preachers, district superintendents, bishops, college professors and presidents, general agency staff, legislators and community leaders.

Among the well-known graduates are Dr. Joycelyn Elders, a 1952 graduate of Philander Smith College and the first African American and the second woman to serve as the U.S. surgeon general, and James L. Farmer Jr., a 1938 Wiley College graduate and civil rights leader who helped found the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

Supporting the Black College Fund

When your congregation supports the Black College Fund, it can be confident that its gifts will provide vital support to students. More than 95 percent of all proceeds of the fund flow directly to HBCU campuses, where they help to strengthen programs, provide vital infrastructure and keep tuition costs low. We encourage the church to support the fund at 100 percent. Urge your church to give faithfully to the Black College Fund, or contact the fund at to inquire about individual donations.

Help keep college affordable at our HBCUs

Our goal in 2023 is ambitious.  50,000 individuals to donate $50; 50 to donate $5,000; 50 to donate $50,000; 50 to donate $100,000. Donate below or contact

By supporting the Black College Fund you are helping students not just gain access to college, but thrive, graduate and become leaders. Your generous tax-deductible gift can help to encourage students who are pursuing their degrees.

List of Black College Fund Schools

Black College Fund Council of Presidents

BCF Frequently Asked Questions

BCF Supports Community Dental Health

The Lina H. McCord Summer Internship

Ethnic-In-Service Training Grants

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