In 2016, a national campaign was launched to stop the doors of Bennett College in South Carolina from closing. Efforts poured in from celebrities and organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., who managed to keep the historic institution open.
After seeing the campaign, a Howard University alumnus Dominic King was inspired to bring technology to HBCU fundraising so anyone can support a historically black college at any time – not just when the school may be struggling.
“That moment when it occurred to me, the state of HBCUs and what brings us to these near closures of our hallowed institutions,” King told the Dark Information Network. King wondered, “What can we do? What can our community do to have an impact and really bring about change? »
And the change has certainly been made and put to good use.
In less than a year, King launched I Heart My HBCUs, an app that allows users to donate spare change to their favorite HBCUs.
King said that while she really wants HBCU alumni to engage with the app, “anyone with a cell phone can support,” adding that I Heart My HBCU is “truly an app that our community can give back”.
“This app is a way for us to support the institutions that were made for us and to preserve their legacy, and it’s also a way to network and connect,” King said, noting that his app – unlike others in the industry – has a chat function designed to make talk and connect like-minded donors.
“It’s a place where our community can come together and connect to move our community forward,” said the Houston native and marketing professional.
King encourages other aspiring black tech founders to bring their ideas to life, sharing that they should know, “it doesn’t matter where you start,” what’s important is to keep a pulse on what’s new in the world of technology and what consumers are. responding to.
For King, the intent was to bring the widely acclaimed aftermarket change technology to a real problem in our community to solve it in a real way, as she said, “bringing this technology at our community for our community.”
Be on the lookout for I Heart My HBCU as the app expands its partnerships. “Stay tuned,” King told us.
To support any of the 104 HBCUs in the United States, download the app from the Apple or Android stores.
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