The United Negro College Fund is trying to raise $1.7 million by March 31.
UNCF helps pay for operating costs at 38 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, scholarships for deserving students, and bridge programs that put struggling students on track for college success.
“We’re helping to educate some of the brightest and most deserving students in our country and community,” said Marilyn Baldwin Richards, the N.C. development director for UNCF.
The annual campaign fell short of its goal in the last two years. In 2011, UNCF met 70 percent of its goal and in 2012 it only met 67 percent of its goal, Richards said.
She said UNCF hopes events like the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead luncheon on June 29 and the Walk for Education on Nov. 2 will help UNCF achieve its goal this year.
All donations are welcome and unrestricted funds are especially appreciated, Richards said. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering for UNCF or purchasing tickets to the Maya Angelou luncheon can call 704-377-8625.
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