Nelson Bowman III & Marybeth Gasman

Nelson Bowman III is the managing director - southwest region for UNICEF/USA Fund. He is the former executive director of development at Prairie View A&M University. Nelson is the co-author of three book - Unearthing Promise and Potential: Our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities - A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black College and University: An All Campus Approach and, Engaging Diverse College Alumni: The Essential Guide to Fundraising. The Morehouse College graduate earned a B.A. in Business Management and earned his Master’s in Community Development from Prairie View A&M. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Ferguson, MO protesters with hands up.

2014 Top Accomplishments in HBCU Activism

As 2014 comes to an end, we want to highlight examples of activism within the HBCU context. This year, more than any other, we saw these venerable institutions capitalize on their rich history of activism and making meaningful change. 1. Students at the Atlanta University Center colleges came together to protest the events of Ferguson, […]

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An auction sign posted in front St. Paul’s College after closing its doors in 2013. For HBCU Alumni this should be a wake up call that your alma mater might be next.

HBCU Alumni: Let’s Stop Being Reactive About Giving Back

Earlier this month I read an article about Wilberforce University alumni pledging $2 million to support their alma mater and it made me feel really good. I am a strong proponent of alumni giving and just recently I co-authored an article which questioned whether HBCU alumni should give back even when not asked. This topic

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A female HBCU graduate holds a sign with the three T's of Alumni Giving: Time, Talent and Treasure.

Alumni Giving: Even when not Asked, Should You Still Give?

Over the past few years, HBCU alumni have been asked to participate in many surveys related to giving back to their alma mater and consistently their number one reason for not giving back is not being asked. Some may not agree with this logic, but I understand their reasoning, as I did not start giving

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