UNCF relocates to Fort Lauderdale PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Active ImageAfter 28 years in Miami, The United Negro College Fund’s area development office has relocated to Fort Lauderdale. In recent years, the volunteer base for UNCF has expanded into Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which have over six million residents and the youngest population in the state. The office relocation will allow greater access to the tri-county area.

The new office, which opened July 2, is located at 1222 S. Andrews Ave, Suite 502A, in Fort Lauderdale.

The office generates up to $1 million each year through gifts, grants and corporate contributions and supports the 39 UNCF member institutions, including Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.
FMU is the only historically black college in South Florida.
Edith Pearson will serve as regional development director for the newly named Fort Lauderdale Regional Office.

Pearson most recently served as the executive director of The Commonwealth Institute South Florida. Her credentials include expertise in development, marketing, media relations, alumni giving and volunteer coordination for nonprofits. She has also worked as vice president for development and executive director of the Broward Community College Foundation, overseeing all fundraising for the foundation.

Pearson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii. She serves on the board of the Fort Lauderdale Prologue Society, the Broward Women’s Alliance and the Boca Raton Center for Group Counseling/The Elizabeth Faulk Foundation.

She is also a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Leadership Broward Class XXI and the University of Hawaii Alumni Association.

As the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the United Negro College Fund has as its mission to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions. It also seeks to increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college.

UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities award 25 percent of African-American baccalaureate degrees, according to the organization.

UNCF administers more than 300 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs.

Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at more than 900 colleges and universities across the country. About 5,752 of those students are Florida residents.

Since the 2000/01 academic year, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, administered by UNCF and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has awarded $17,741,642 to support 651 Florida minority students attending 136 colleges and universities.

For more information, please visit UNCF.org.

Pictured above is Edith Pearson, regional development director for the newly named Fort Lauderdale Regional Office of the UNCF.
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