U.S. News & World Report recently published a list of historically Black colleges and universities that achieve the greatest rate of alumni giving. For the HBCUs that supplied data to the survey, the average giving rate was a dismally low 11.2 percent.
There were only four HBCUs that supplied data where the alumni giving rate exceeded 30 percent. Leading the list is Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. There, 47.7 percent of all alumni made a financial contribution to the university in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. Spelman College in Atlanta and Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina – both women’s colleges – ranked second and third with alumni giving rates exceeding 35 percent. The only other HBCU where the alumni giving rate was more than 30 percent was Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.
Rounding out the top 10 in alumni giving rates among HBCUs are Fisk University in Nashville, Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Tuskegee University in Alabama, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Xavier University in New Orleans, and Hampton University in Virginia. But among these six HBCUs, the highest giving rate was 22.8 percent.
The report also stated that at two HBCUs, the alumni giving rate was only 2 percent.