Private philanthropy has been a significant engine in the growth of higher education. For larger public and private universities, private philanthropy has enabled significant stability and room for exploration and innovation. Traditionally, most HBCUs have not been as fortunate. The Valdry Center will develop services with specific intent of expanding philanthropy at HBCUs. Most universities that have been able to raise significant private dollars, alumni have been central to providing these resources. Alumni participation and giving are the lifeblood of private giving at wealthier universities.
However, at many HBCUs almuni giving could be greater. The Valdry Center will integrate philanthropic education into freshman orientation and gradually into the curriculum for all undergraduate students, with the idea that giving back is a learned behavior. The earlier the seed is planted, the more likely the University can establish a high rate of alumni participation and giving. With continually expanded knowledge of effective philanthropic practices and systems, the VCP will develop ongoing lines of communication with other HBCU leaders and development/advancement professionals, and will develop one-to-one and group capacity building for HBCUs on building and strengthening philanthropy.