On Thursday, March 5, CEO David Taylor accepted the UNCF Keepers of the Flame Legacy Award on behalf of P&G and our longstanding partnership with the United Negro College Fund. As a legacy partner to UNCF, we celebrate not only this distinct recognition, but our 75-year history championing change and providing educational support through this remarkable organization.
As the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members, the UNCF provides more than $100 million in scholarships to students across the nation, including its network of 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
P&G shares in UNCF’s underlying mission to foster and provide support needed for all people to have access to educational opportunities and the chance at building a brighter future for themselves and our world.
The recognition celebrates the partnership that dates back to 1945 when P&G provided an initial $500 contribution to the nonprofit organization. Over the years, P&G has continued to provide financial support for students to receive a higher education, and employees and leaders alike have contributed their time and resources to support UNCF students through resume and interview training sessions, internships, and many more activities that prepare students to be successful candidates when they enter the workforce.
“Over my career, I have come to realize the much broader impact companies, institutions and individuals like the ones here tonight can have on the world,” said P&G CEO David Taylor, when he accepted the award on P&G’s behalf at Thursday evening’s annual gala.
“At P&G, it’s built into how we do business. Because of this, we can have a bigger impact on the people we serve, the communities we live and work in and the broader world that surrounds us. Importantly, when we address equity, equality and inclusion, together, as a societal issue, rather than a competitive one, we can make an even bigger difference.”