Delaware State University hosted its 2018 HBCU Philanthropy Symposium on July 25-27 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

More than 140 philanthropic and institutional advancement leaders representing more than 40 schools and organizations attended from more than 20 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. This year, Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions joined public and private HBCUs in a conversation on philanthropy and fundraising.

Participants had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with senior program officers from various foundations that included the Kresge Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation and JP Morgan Chase.

Another highlight of the symposium was the opening welcome address by Wilma Mishoe, Delaware State University president; and the luncheon keynote address delivered by Thurgood Marshall College Fund President and CEO Harry Williams.

Member universities and leaders from Complete College America, the Association of Governing Board Institutional Strategies unit and the Association of Public Land Grant Universities also participated in the symposium. The purpose was to help the symposium attendees better relate to how philanthropy impacts the needs for student success at each of the institutions.

In addition to engaging with other corporations including the Discover Bank and Delmarva Power/Exelon, attendees participated in breakouts sessions. The topics were on annual giving, alumni relations, campaigns, major giving, prospect research and a special session for vice presidents for institutional advancement.

Rob Henry, vice president, Education at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education was presented with the Symposium’s Advancement Award. The award is given to an advancement leader with exemplary service in the industry and has been a longtime supporter of the Symposium.

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