Oprah Winfrey shocks black students fundraisers with $1 million donation
Oprah Winfrey shocks fundraisers as she donates $1 million for black students NORTH CAROLINA – The world’s acclaimed U.S media guru and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, 65, made an amazing donation at a North Carolina, Texas fundraiser by announcing a donation of more than $1 million toward the Negro College Fund on September 28th. The surprising […]
Oprah Winfrey shocks fundraisers as she donates $1 million for black students
NORTH CAROLINA – The world’s acclaimed U.S media guru and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, 65, made an amazing donation at a North Carolina, Texas fundraiser by announcing a donation of more than $1 million toward the Negro College Fund on September 28th.
The surprising largesse shocked the attendees while addressing the 17th annual Maya Angelou “Women Who Lead” Luncheon.
The Charlotte Observer reported that former talk-show host and OWN television network chief made the surprise announcement while speaking at Charlotte’s 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon.
United Negro College Fund officials were hoping the luncheon would help raise $500,000 for deserving area students to attend historically black colleges.
Winfrey asked how much money had been raised so far. An individual responded with “$1,149,950”. The queen of talk show said, “So here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to match that number.”
At the time of Winfrey’s address, a running tally at the event showed that about $1.15 million had been raised. That’s when Winfrey said she was going to match the total, prompting a standing ovation from the stunned audience.
Her announcement of matching the $1.15 million donations was met with strident applauds and cheers from the 1,120 people present, most of whom were women, according to the Observer.
Boom! The awesomeness that is @oprah just matched the $1million dollars that was raised during the #UNCFCharlotte Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon. Yes, so now over $2million was raised to support #HBCUs this afternoon! Peep this👇🏾#UNCF #blackgirlmagic ❤️🙏🏿 @ Oprah pic.twitter.com/lYeceynhFC
— UNCF (@UNCF) September 28, 2019
“I believe in the power of education,” Winfrey said during her keynote address. “There is nothing better than to open the door for someone.”
The media mogul is renowned for Oprah is known for her philanthropic gestures. In January 2007, she established the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in South Africa.
Earlier this month, the media mogul announced the launch of a fully-funded fellowship program to empower African women in public service through her Oprah Winfrey Foundation. The fellowship will offer women from the continent an opportunity to study for free at New York University’s Wagner graduate school of public service.