According to U.S. News and World Report, only 11.2 percent of all HBCU graduates donate back to their schools.
Between 2013 and 2015, Claflin was one of only four HBCUs whose alumni give at at least a 30 percent clip, along with Spelman, Lane and Bennett. All four of the schools are private and Spelman and Bennett are all-women's colleges.
Here were the top 10 schools during that period, based on the U.S. News study:
1. Claflin (47.7 percent)
2. Spelman College (39.3 percent)
3. Bennett College (35 percent)
4. Lane College (32.9 percent)
5. Fisk University (22.8 percent)
6. Tougaloo College (18.7 percent)
7. Tuskegee University (18.3 percent)
8. Johnson C. Smith (17.4 percent)
9. Xavier University (16.7 percent)
10. Hampton University (15.2 percent)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution visited Claflin and talked to its alumni about why they give to get a better sense of the college's mission as part of the newspaper's three-part series on HBCUs.
To read more about Claflin, click here, or go to www.myajc.com to read the entire series and check out our podcast, HBCU Journeys.