Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated raised more than $2.1 million in one day on its annual HBCU Impact Day on Sept. 20– more than doubling its goal of $1 million.
“In the fourth and final year of our HBCU Impact Day Initiative, I am pleased, honored, and excited to report that we have doubled our giving, exceeding the $2 million mark, an historic moment for Alpha Kappa Alpha, our members, other donors, and the institutions that will benefit from these funds,” says Dr. Glenda Glover, AKA international president and chief executive officer. “This means even more support for them – our HBCUs!”
The country’s first Black sorority says it received online donations and checks from local AKA chapters, private donors, and corporate matching dollars from across the globe.
HBCU Impact Day is one part of a four-year $10 million fundraising goal under Dr. Glover’s HBCU for Life: A Call to Action initiative.
Before this month’s epic fundraiser, the sorority gifted $1.6 million to 35 eligible four-year HBCUs to help schools reduce student debt through scholarships, fund industry-specific research, and provide much-needed infrastructure maintenance.
“We started this journey in 2018 with a goal of raising $1 million in one day. Certainly, unchartered territory,” explains Dr. Glover. “We had the audacity to believe we could raise $1 million in one day. We did it then, as well as in 2019 and 2020, in fact, exceeding our million-dollar goal! And, in 2021, to raise more than $2.1 million is simply phenomenal.”
The $2.1 million raised online does not include mail-in donations or pledges and still pending contributions.