Yesterday, November 21st, the Breakfast Club held their annual Change 4 Change radiothon event where they raise funds for different charities. This was their third year holding the event and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) benefited greatly from the fundraiser. Past organizations that the Change 4 Change radiothon has helped are Harry Belafonte's The Gathering for Justice and Brandon Marshall's PROJECT375, raising over $1 million between the two organizations collectively.
Yesterday, the popular morning radio talkshow was able to help TMCF raise over $670,000. Over a span of 18 hours, from 6am to Midnight, the radio station had guests call in, text, and visit to pledge their support of to TMCF. On hand to kick off the fundraiser with the Breakfast Club’s on-air personalities DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God were Dr. Harry Williams, President and CEO of TMCF and George Spencer, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Before the fundraiser started, Dr. Williams said, “The cultural, political and social impact The Breakfast Club has made in America on the iHeartRadio platform is truly remarkable. This #Change4Change radiothon has the potential to change the lives of so many HBCU students because of the support of the faithful and committed The Breakfast Club listeners. While our 47 member-schools make up the publicly-supported HBCUs and Predominantly Black Intuitions (PBI), we are excited this scholarship is open to deserving students from all of our nation’s 101 HBCUs.”
For those students who apply and are selected, they will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. With the amount raised, there will be a lot of happy students receiving $5,000.
The funds started rolling in after Michael Rubin, the chief executive of Fanatics, the world's leading online seller of licensed sports merchandise pledged the first gift of the morning in the amount of $125,000. Following him, Chadwick Boseman, Byron Allen, and Robert F. Smith each gave $100,000 to the campaign. Tyrese and Cardi B both gave undisclosed amounts but they were listed as "sizable donations". Other notable donors include Jo Koy, Rapsody, Donnell Rawlings, Dj Prostyle, DJ Suss One, Fabolous, Andrew Yang, Jay Pharoah, Terrence J, Stephen A. Smith, Humble the Poet, Elvis Duran, Lena Waithe, Maury Povich, Queen Naija, Pardison Fontaine, Anthony Martini, Don Pooh, Sir_Collective, DJ Self, and Tory Lanez. Companies that donated are 300 Entertainment, Quality Control Record Label, Atlantic Records, Epic Records, and Columbia Records. And these are just the donors that were made public. This does not count those who gave anonymously, and those who are not celebrities who gave to the cause as well. We are sure the $670,000 figure will rise even higher.
Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs, and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the K-12 and higher education space. The organization is also a source for top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information visit here.