Apportioned Funds Spotlight: Black College Fund

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The United Methodist Church is connectional. Through our apportionment system, our Church pools our dollars and connects local churches around the world to create bigger and lasting impacts. Together, through our connectional congregations and apportionment system, we accomplish what no single church, district, or annual conference could ever hope to do alone.

In 2021, each month prior to the opening of the postponed General Conference, UMC Support will be detailing each of the 7 apportioned funds, so that General Conference delegates and members of The United Methodist Church like you have a deep understanding of the fund and what each one does. In January we featured a spotlight on The Africa University Fund, which supports more than 1,800 students from 29 countries.

Our next fund, The Black College Fund, is a timely spotlight and a reminder of United Methodists’ commitment to social justice, especially during Black History Month. The Black College 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.

These 11 institutions play an indispensable role in shaping diverse leaders for the church and the world. United Methodist-related black colleges and universities offer a chance to everyone with a dream and a commitment to excel – regardless of race, class, gender, or ethnic heritage. They also extend important educational opportunities to countless underserved and first-generation college students who might not be able to pursue a degree otherwise, despite their talents, skills, and passions. Some fast facts on The Black College Fund include:

  • The Black College Fund was established in 1972 by the General Conference.
  • On average, United Methodist congregations provide between 87% - 89% of the funds apportioned for The Black College Fund.
  • Each college shares equally 75% of the five-sixths operating portion.
  • Twenty percent of the operating portion is distributed based on enrollment.
  • The remaining five percent of the operating portion is distributed equally to each college annually for long-range planning, special academic programs, and meeting challenge grants in complying with the guidelines for support established by the General Conference.
  • The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry distributes the remaining one-sixth of the fund receipts, set aside for capital improvements, based on need and matching funds.

The eleven United Methodist-related HBCUs supported through The Black College Fund include:

Through general Church apportionments and supplemental gifts, United Methodists everywhere put their faith in action when they give.

Apportionment giving is collected through your local church. For more details on supporting The Black College Fund, email bcfumc@gbhem.org. For resources to support and promote The Black College Fund, visit ResourceUMC.org/BCF.

GCFA would like to thank United Methodist Communications, specifically the Connectional Giving team,  and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for contributing to this article.

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