LIKE THOUSANDS of other institutions, the Urban College of Boston took a hit to its federal funding line this year (“Fiscal crisis a tough lesson,’’ Adrian Walker, Metro, July 18). However, this important college serving disadvantaged students has the resources to weather the storm, including a talented staff, a dedicated board of trustees, and massive community, political, foundation, and donor support.
Last week, the board of Action for Boston Community Development voted to stand behind the college to help close a gap of $200,000 that had been created by the loss of anticipated federal funds. In addition, Urban College has major fund-raising initiatives underway, led by a seasoned fund-raiser and a knowledgeable development committee.
This year the Urban College received unrestricted annual fund contributions topping $100,000; exceeded its foundation grants’ projected earnings by 45 percent; received four legacy gifts from donor estates; and added 33 prospects, some from as far away as the West Coast, to its major-gifts list. The college’s mission resonates with philanthropic individuals who care about education. I assure readers that the innovative, resilient Urban College will raise the $200,000 needed this year, and will continue building its resources to serve the nontraditional adult students who depend upon the college to move out of poverty and into upwardly mobile careers.
John J. Drew
Urban College of Boston
President and CEO
Action for Boston Community Development