DOVER, Del. – For the ninth straight year, Delaware State University will exhibit its leadership among the nation’s community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as it hosts the 2019 HBCU Philanthropy Symposium on July 22-25 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

Attended by more than 100 fundraising and institutional advancement professionals from many of the 101 HBCUs in the United States, the Symposium – held this year under the theme of “Bridging Advancement and Student Success” – will feature as its keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Alma S. Adams, who has represented North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District.

Rep. Adams will give her address at 10 a.m. during the Tuesday, July 23 session. She will be introduced by Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Of special relevance to the symposium, Rep. Adams is an HBCU product who earned bachelor and master’s degrees in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University, before completing a Ph.D. at Ohio State University. She has also served as a 40-year professor of art at Bennett College. Throughout her career in Congress and as a 10-term North Carolina state legislator, Rep. Adams has promoted quality education for all students and has worked to spearhead legislation to boost funds for HBCUs.

The HBCU Philanthropy Symposium will provide attendees with new fundraising strategies, stronger network and partnership ties as institutional advancement professionals discuss the challenges facing such schools and share their perspectives on innovative ways to address them.

Other symposium highlights include:

  • A 10:45 a.m. July 23 session will feature a panel discussion with major funders, featuring representatives from the Kresge Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Strada Education Network.
  • A 1 p.m. July 23 President’s Forum consisting of a panel of HBCU presidents that will include Dr. Wilma Mishoe of Delaware State University, Dr. Brenda A. Allen of Lincoln University (Pa.), Dr.George T. French Jr. of Clarke Atlanta University, and Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr.of Alabama State University.
  • A 10:15 a.m. July 24 session on Innovative Strategies for Corporate Funding will feature valuable information and perspectives from panel representatives from Pepco Holdings, Discover Financial Services, FMC Corporation, Wells Fargo, Toyota, JP Morgan Chase, and Technology for Social Good, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • The four-day symposium will also feature other panel and workshop sessions on a wide variety of fundraising topics, that will be led by participants such as Tom Joyner Jr. of the Tom Joyner Foundation, Dr. Yolanda Adams of Complete College America, David Sheppard of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and many others.
  • For more information on the 2019 HBCU Philanthropy Symposium, contact Renee Brosius, director of DSU Institutional Advancement Marketing, at (443) 309-1644 or