When Giving Back Counts! Major Donors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Make Historical Contributions

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Washington, D.C. – (April 8, 2013) The first quarter of 2013 has made a historical start for gifts to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). Setting a new precedent, TMCF has received over $13M, the largest revenue to-date in the first quarter of the year in the organization’s 26-year history. These gifts are the result of the generosity and collective efforts from individual and several longstanding corporate donors. The featured donors of this quarter are MillerCoors, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Defense Research and Engineering and AFOSR and Costco.

“For twenty-six years the Thurgood Marshall College Fund has enabled the brightest and most talented students from across the country who matriculate at one of the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We are able to provide these future leaders with the resources they need to accomplish their academic and professional goals through the consistent financial support provided through our donors,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

All gifts made to TMCF contribute to the various programs and initiatives that prepare young people across the country to succeed. MillerCoors and Wells Fargo illustrated their commitment through funding scholarships and programs that help HBCUs attract, retain, and graduate students. In addition, both companies believe in the importance of qualified and well-trained K-12 educators with their support of TMCF’s Teacher Quality & Retention Program. HBCUs graduate more minority teachers than any other educational institutions, and the support from these two donors will continue this legacy. TMCF member-schools are able to provide cutting-edge programs in information technology through the new software grant from Microsoft, which will increase the IT capacity and strengthen the member-schools’ instructional and communications capabilities. Developing leaders and providing opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are just as important to the U.S. Department of Defense Research and Engineering and AFOSR as it is to TMCF. The agency will fund TMCF’s capacity building efforts, as well as support research to explore advancements in industry trends and careers in STEM globally. Lastly, Costco has renewed its long-standing commitment of providing full tuition and fee scholarships for students attending public HBCUs – a true testament to their commitment to helping HBCUs and their students.

“Our donors exemplify the true meaning of “giving back” where it’s needed the most. We appreciate the commitment of individuals and organizations to the investment of higher education and leadership of young people. Every gift counts!” said Jim Clifton, CEO of GALLUP and TMCF’s Chairman of the Board.

As non-profits across the country are seeing a decline in giving due to the tough economy, TMCF is off to a successful start. Only through the generosity of its donors can the organization be committed to its vision of Changing the World … One Leader at a Time.

ABOUT THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: www.ThurgoodMarshallCollegeFund.org.