Honoring Legends Fund

In recognition of continued Black Alumni Presence since 1881, our Black Alumni Society (BAS) has taken on raising a gift fund with a "stretch" annual target of $20,000. This fund will support several key campus-based institutions/initiatives which positively impact the ongoing presence and experience of African-American students, faculty, administrators, and staff at the University. The "Honoring Legends" Fund will be used to make an equal annual gift to each of the following institutions/initiatives:

- W.E.B. DuBois College House
- MAKUU Black Cultural Center
- African American Resource Center
- Africana Studies at Penn

Below is additional information detailing each of the Fund's beneficiary institutions and initiatives. BAS firmly believes that no honoring and celebration of our venerable "Legends" can be complete without doing our part to positively impact the future of Blacks at Penn in a tangible way. Our donations will make a lasting statement as our contribution to the Penn legacy. It is in this spirit that we have created the "Honoring Legends Fund" and set such an aggressive target. We hope that you will also be touched, moved and inspired to give generously to this investment in the future of Blacks at Penn. We thank you for your partnership. We invite you to participate at one of the following gift levels:

- Patrons - $5,000
- Friends - $1,881
- Associates - $500
- Supporter - $125


Please make check payable to "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" with "BAS - Honoring Legends" in the memo section and mail to:
Black Alumni Society - Honoring Legends Fund
c/o E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House
University of Pennsylvania
3533 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, Pa 19104

Matching Gifts - If you or your spouse/partner is affiliated with a company that has a matching gift program, please obtain a matching gift form from the human resources office where you work and include the completed form with your donation.

W.E.B. Du Bois College House
The W.E.B. Du Bois College House at 3900 Walnut Street provides a vibrant, supportive living environment for the pursuit of African-American scholarship. Small and intimate, the House is often the center of activities sponsored by African-American faculty, staff, students, and the West Philadelphia community. One of the oldest College Houses on campus, Du Bois recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. It is also distinguished by being the first College House to offer its own endowed scholarship, made possible by the Black Alumni Society. Each year recipients are selected from an annual pool of nominees chosen by the Faculty Master, House Dean and staff. The depth and richness of the W.E.B. Du Bois College House experience generates loyalty among resident students and alumni, who maintain their involvement by supporting and sponsoring programs, attending events and by offering community service.


MAKUU is the Black Student Cultural Center at Penn. Established in 2000, and located in the ARCH building at 3601 Locust Walk, MAKUU seeks to provide a cultural laboratory for students of the Black Diaspora to invent, organize, and collaborate with one another, and the entire Penn community. It houses a wide range of resources for individual Black students and organizations and provides limited financial support for student events and programs.

African-American Resource Center
The African-American Resource Center's (AARC) mission is to enhance the quality of life for faculty, staff and students at the University of Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on those of African descent. AARC contributes to making Penn a leader in higher education by constructively and proactively helping to create a teaching-learning community of real and harmonious diversity. The Resource Center is a model for the academy and the society at large. Any Penn administrators, faculty, staff or students can use these free and confidential services as needed.

Africana Studies at Penn
The Center for Africana Studies is a space for the critical examination of the human, cultural, social, political, economic and historical factors that have created and shaped the African American and African Diaspora experiences throughout the world. As an academic and research center, we place primary emphasis on the ways that African Diaspora experiences and traditions have functioned on a global scale and resonated within the spaces of a variety of national projects. The Center provides an intellectual setting in which interdisciplinary dialogues are encouraged.