The United Negro College Fund has taken a lot of heat for accepting a $25 million dollar gift from the conservative Koch brothers.
Most recently, AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, cυt all ties with the UNCF for accepting the gift, and now Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is piling on.
Last week NAN released a statement siding with AFSCME over UNCF.
“While National Action Network respects the work done by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in support of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and understand the need to raise funds to continue this critical work, we stand in support of the decision by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to sever ties and end their partnership with the UNCF,” read the statement.
It continued: “As a nonprofit civil rights organization, NAN recognizes that the funding landscape has changed and many organizations must figure out ways to continue their programming by bringing in new types of funders. However, the Koch brothers have not only worked on initiatives that have a disenfranchising effect on the same students UNCF supported institutions work to educate, the Koch brothers have also led efforts to end union organizing.”