Spelman, Morehouse alumni among top HBCU donors

School name (state) / Avg. % of alumni who donate / U.S. News HBCU ranking

Claflin University (S.C.) / 43 / 7

Spelman College (Ga.) / 37.3 / 1

Morehouse College (Ga.) / 29.3 / 2

Tuskegee University (Ala.) / 23 / 5

Livingston College (N.C.) / 21.4 / RNP*

Central State University (Ohio) / 19.8 / 34

Fort Valley State University (Ga.) / 17.2 / 34

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Ark.) / 13.6 / RNP

Johnson C. Smith University (N.C.) / 13.5 / RNP

Tougaloo College (Miss.) / 12.9 / RNP

*RNP — an institution ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates the ranking but decided not to publish it.

Source: U.S. News Short List

Alumni from Spelman and Morehouse colleges in Atlanta rank among the top donors of all historically black colleges and universities, according to a new report by U.S. News and World Report.

In the U.S. News Short List survey, the two colleges ranked second and third, behind Claflin University in South Carolina, for the average percentage of HBCU alumni who donate. Fort Valley State University in Middle Georgia ranked seventh on the list, with 17.2 percent of its alumni who donate. On the opposite end of the rankings, Georgia’s Albany State University had one of the lowest average percentages of alumni donors at 2.6 percent.

The average share of alumni who give to HBCUs is about 10 percent, U.S. News reported.

The rankings were compiled from a two-year average percentage of alumni donors for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. Colleges who did not report information for both years were not included. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain U.S. News criteria to be numerically ranked, were not included in the report.

Financial contributions to U.S. colleges increased 9 percent in 2013. Of the $33.8 billion donated to colleges last year, 26.6 percent came from alumni, according to a report from the Council of Aid to Education.

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