United Negro College Fund, Inc.

Rating: 2.83 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr Fairfax VA 22031 USA

Mission: Since UNCF was founded in 1944, opportunities for African American and other minority youths have increased dramatically. But the national need for minority education has proven as timeless as UNCF?s motto, ?A mind is a terrible thing to waste.? Far too many African American and other minority students still lack the financial and other support or the rigorous pre-college education they need to gain admission to and succeed in college. It is to the success, in school and beyond, of these young men and women that UNCF is dedicated, as much today as it was when it was founded.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I wouldn't have recieved my college degree without the support of UNCF. They changed my life personally and having interacted with some of their professionals, I can testify that they are financially responsible and dedicated to their mission.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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Rating: 2 stars  

I used to be a donor to UNCf. But I just looked at the compensation of Lomax and I am outraged. Nothing justifies. Anything more than 200K is outlandish and unjustified. With that saving they could educate 40 or 50 college kids, period. I will stop donating till they do somehting about the compensation.

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Rating: 1 stars  

It begs questioning by the tax paying public, who underwrites this and all Non-Profits, how the CEO- Dr. Michael Lomax- could be paid compensation in 2009 totaling over $1.2 million. That's triple what the taxpayers pay the President of the United States. Do you think that Mr. Lomax could live on, say, $200,000 per year and allocate the savings toward, oh, I don't know, college scholarships for underserved students? The UNCF appears to be used as a piggy bank by the highest paid employees, all claiming on their Form 990 that they work on average 65 hours per week to justify their high six figure salaries. The tax paying public should demand a full audit of this organization and salary caps of no greater than $100,000 to the CEO- it's supposed to be a Non-Profit charity, not your private piggy bank!!

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Donation request

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Slash the salary of the CEO to $100,000, and ask the IRS to perform a detailed public audit of employee compensation and expenditures.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

Quite outrageous, but typical, that this Non-Profit, with annual revenues of over $200 million, gave their employees a 3% pay raise despite their annual revenues DECLINING by 17.5% from 2008 to 2009, and they still managed an average employee salary of over $75,000 per year- almost DOUBLE the median American household income. What a gesture to give yourself a 3% pay raise when so many Americans lost their jobs, or got no pay raise, during that period. Wow, now that's charity- pay yourself first, right? How hypocritical, arrogant, and greedy of this Non-Profit to abuse their tax exempt status and use tax payer subsidy to enrich themselves.. The IRS should revoke the tax exmempt Non-Profit status of the UNCF, as it seems to only exist for the primary benefit of the Non-Profit employees themselves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Declined solicitation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Revoke their Non-Profit tax-exempt status.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

As a UNCF member school alum and professional in the field, I am impressed with the fact that UNCF supports students from all walks of life. Not only does it support African American students, but other minority students and any student attending UNCF schools. In addition, some of their scholarship programs support majority students. The key is educating young people and preparing them for the global workplace

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As an alum of an HBCU, I feel blessed to have had the quality education and nurturing experienced at a UNCF member institution

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it so that there would be enough scholarship money for any needy student.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Excellent organization that has ensure thousands of kids get college educations. Without UNCF, funds for college would not be available for low-income students.

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By attending a UNCF school, it helped me to excell in my career. The small, intimate setting of my private HBCU helped to build my confidence and succeed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reach out more; provide more information to the public about the outstanding programs provided beyond shcolarships

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