About UDC Foundation

For over 40 years, the UDC Foundation has been the University’s charitable partner—securing private funding and philanthropic support for student scholarships, faculty research, and program initiatives.  You can make a difference by considering a tax deductible contribution today.

The University seeks to build a stronger and more effective UDC Foundation through board leadership committed to: bringing resources to the University; establishing strategic partnerships with corporate and philanthropic communities locally and nationally; and applying best practices in foundation governance.

“Our Firebirds are soaring, and we need your investment of time and resources to make a transformative impact, and to re-imagine UDC as a public higher education model of urban student success.”

Rodney Trapp, Vice President for Advancement

Funding Priorities

Learn more about the foundation's priorities.

Developing America’s Workforce Nucleus (DAWN)

The DAWN rethinks public education to produce more business-ready talent than it loses by: (a) exploring different ways to identify talent besides high-stakes standardized assessments, (b) closing the “achievement” gap, and (c) reimagining the learning process so that it better refines the talents of economically disadvantaged and minority students.

Emerging Research Centers

Academic, discipline-based research is key to the university’s mission and the region’s resiliency. Interdisciplinary research centers expand on that mission by addressing social issues and new learning from multiple perspectives. 


Emergency Student Assistance Fund

An emergency assistance fund for UDC undergraduate students who experience unexpected, short-term hardships due to COVID-19 or other dire circumstances that may derail or delay their academic progress.

Named Endowment Fund

An endowment fund of $50,000 or more that exists in perpetuity to support student scholarships or University programs of the donor’s choosing.  

Make-A-Way Scholarship

A donor-customized current use scholarship fund of $25,000 or more.

UDC Fund

The hardest working annual fund at UDC. Puts your donation to work where the University needs it most.

International Student Scholarship Fund

Support international students and help ensure that UDC remains a diverse global learning environment.

Facilities and Student Support Fund

 A capital improvement fund that allows UDC to build, renovate and update facilities. These spaces will enhance the student experience for years to come and also help us recruit the best and brightest students and faculty.

UDC Foundation Highlights

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2021 Case for Support

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Dr. E B Henderson Memorial Fund Campaign

Edwin B. Henderson set the tone and created the infrastructure for African American participation in athletics by creating leagues and associations for black athletes and referees when no such thing previously existed.” — Edwin B. Henderson II, 2008 (Grandson of the late EB Henderson) A special fund has been established at the UDC Foundation in...

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Leveraging Your Donation

What is better than a generous gift to UDC? A gift that has been doubled! This year, the Council of the District of Columbia has renewed its Matching Gift Challenge. The Council will match every two dollars raised by UDC with one provided by the Council up to $1.5 million. This means that if we can raise $3 million, the Council will grant UDC an additional $1.5 million. Now that is what we call leveraging your investment. Consider a gift today!
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