Financial contributions to colleges in the U.S. rose 9 percent in 2013, and alumni can take credit for much of that increase. Of the $33.8 billion donated to higher education institutions in 2013, 26.6 percent came from alumni, according to a report from the Council for Aid to Education.
At many historically black colleges and universities, which were created to educate African-American students and are designated by the U.S. Department of Education, the average percentage of alumni giving hovers below 10 percent. But some black institutions have alumni who donate at a much higher rate, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 45 ranked institutions.
At Claflin University, for example, 43 percent of alumni donated. It had the highest two-year average of alumni giving among historically black institutions during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.