Non-Profit Resources & Directory

The United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund was incorporated on April 25, 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson. Today the United Negro College Fund is a Fairfax, Virginia based American Philanthropic organization that raises college tuition money for black students and for general scholarship for 39 historically black colleges or universities. In 2005, over 65,00 students at over 900 colleges and universities were supported with approximately $113 million dollars in grants and scholarships.

One of the most well know motto's is A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste. The motto was started in 1972. Some of the most well known recipients of funding through the United Negro College Fund are Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, film director Spike Lee and actor Samuel L. Jackson. President John F. Kennedy donated proceeds from his book Profiles in Courage to the fund. Starting in 1980, entertainer Lou Rawls has held a parade of stars that raises funds for the organization.

Some of the predominately black colleges and universities that receive funding from the United Negro College Fund are Morehouse College, Tuskegee University and Virginia Union University. These funds have enable African American students to attend college and university when they otherwise might have gone. Going to college and university opens up your mind and creates opportunities for people for advancement.

National Public Radio

National Public Radio is a semi-independent privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as national syndicator to public radio stations in the United States. National Public Radio was created in 1970, following passage of the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967, which was signed by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1977, NPR merged with the Association of Public Radio Stations. Today the NPR headquarters are located in Washington, DC.

Two of NPR's flagship programs are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. They receive funds from member stations and from donations and a small amount from the federal government. NPR stations do not play commercials in the same way that for profit stations do. NPR receives funding from organizations and they read their name rather than having a jingle or annoying commercial.

Some of their other well known cultural and news programs are Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Only a Game and Car Talk. Some of the well known NPR personalities are Scott Simon, Nina Tottenberg, Sylvia Poggiolo, Ira Flatow and Cokie Roberts. NPR is known for its quality news programs and outstanding cultural and art programs. A report by the Harris poll said that NPR was one of the most trusted news reporting stations.

The Navigators

The Navigators was founded in 1933 by Dawson Trotman, who acted as a mentor to United States Navy sailor Lester Spencer. Spencer served on the USS West Virginia and 135 men on the ship became Christian. Later the USS West Virginia was sunk during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Since then it has grown into a worldwide organization that is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Navigators main purpose is the discipline and training of Christians with an emphasis on enabling them to share their faith with others. The Navigators work with churches and organizations and offer resources such Bible study booklets and study aid materials and scripture verse memory aids and Christian books. They have over 4,000 staff of 63 nationalities in 110 countries.

The Navigators use the Bible Verse 2 Timothy 2:2 to teach what they have learned to others. Their goal is to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and his kingdom into the nations spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. The Navigators are interdenominational and non-profit. Their motto is for people to know Christ and to make Him known.