Member-Universities Professional Institute (MUPI)
Institutional Advancement…Mapping the Pathway for HBCU Success
Chief Institutional Advancement Professionals from publicly-supported HBCUs and PBIs
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – Saturday, May 28, 2016
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Delaware State University and presented by Wells Fargo will host the 2016 TMCF Member-Universities Professional Institute (MUPI) in Atlanta, GA. For over a decade, TMCF has hosted this capacity building conference designed to provide professional development, networking and best-practice sharing among administration, faculty and staff amongst TMCF’s member-school network of publicly-supported HBCUs and PBIs. This focus of this year’s Institute will be Institutional Advancement.
Over the past five years Delaware State University has hosted the HBCU Philanthropy Symposium. The focus of the symposium has been to address philanthropy issues relating specifically to publicly-supported HBCUs. This partnership is a perfect match, taking place at the right time to bring this information to TMCF member-schools on a national level.
Through workshops, plenary sessions, and affiliation forums, conference participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals in order to create action plans that will effectively generate financial resources for their respective campuses.
Over the past few years, HBCUs have seen a shift in how foundations and corporations provide funding in order to have a greater impact and realize a return on investment. It has become increasingly more difficult for a single institution to be funded by some of the larger foundations and corporations; however, it is a vastly different conversation when partnerships are formed with institutions having similar intent and collaborative solutions are developed.
The challenges HBCUs have regarding raising money to support the mission of their school are unique and must be explored with laser focus. For example, previous symposium work has identified the need for more student engagement to build the foundation for a stronger alumni donor base. As a result, progress has been made toward multiple schools working collaboratively to engage students to inform and educate on the need to embrace giving back to their universities.