Support the House

The Afro-American Cultural Center (“The House”) is sustained by the contributions of our alumni and friends. Our five-year capital campaign to raise $3 million for our Ogilvie, Robinson, de Chabert Leadership Forum endowment is still going strong! Giving to the House truly uplifts our mission and directly impacts the lives and learning of today’s students. Please contact afamhouse@yale.edu to request a summary of the House’s fundraising priorities.

We are immensely grateful for your ongoing support of our students, and we hope you’ll show your love for the House by giving your time, talent, and/or treasure in any of the following ways:

Sponsorship and capital campaign

Individual contributions

The ORD Fund is a shorter name for the House’s Ogilvie, Robinson, de Chabert Leadership Forum, an endowed fund established during the House’s 35th-anniversary in honor of three outstanding student leaders who contributed to the founding of the House. The sole purpose of the ORD Fund is to support our students’ leadership development, and the funds raised will solely be used for those purposes to offset expenses related to their internships, conferences, research, etc. (Funds raised are not put towards the physical plant, staffing, or other operations that are supported by Yale College.) Donors receive alumni giving “credit,” and all donors who fulfill their gifts or pledges of $5,000.00 or more by the end of this five-year campaign will be listed on a commemorative plaque that will be mounted in the House.

For more information, please contact AfAmHouse@yale.edu.

Corporate sponsorship 

Yale University invites your company or organization to help us celebrate this significant milestone with a gift to support the House’s 50th-anniversary. By underwriting this campus and local event, your company’s contribution will demonstrate its commitment to equity and inclusion and honor the long legacy of innovation and excellence fostered through the House community. Contact AfAmHouse@yale.edu for more info.

Call for Archival Materials and Testimonials

The House’s History Keepers are building up the House’s archives and are ready to collect and preserve your stories of life at Yale and in New Haven! These will be displayed during our 50th-anniversary celebrations and will be stored in the House/University libraries. To be connected with a student who has been officially trained by the University archivists on conducting interviews, please let us know if you are available for a 30-45 minute interview by contacting AfAmHouse@yale.edu. You can also share your memories of life at the House/Yale and in New Haven by electronically submitting your photos, videos, or recordings to AfAmHouse@yale.edu. We are also accepting physical mementos to be displayed during our celebrations, such as early organization flyers, t-shirts, meeting notes, and more. Please contact us to learn how to submit hard copies or physical mementos.

Merchandise 

Place orders now for House merchandise so you can rock your House pride ALL YEAR ROUND! All proceeds go toward the House’s ORD Leadership Forum, our endowment that supports our students’ academic and leadership development. We have custom-made Kente Yale sweatshirts, tees, and tanks, as well as classic hoodies, long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts, umbrellas, scarves, and mugs! 

Check out AFAM gear, or contact AFAMHouseMerch@gmail.com for more info. Please see below for photos.

Promotion

Help spread the word about AFAM50 and the House! We’d love for you to share your excitement with the world about our upcoming events and our amazing community. Be sure to use #YaleAFAM50 on your social media and tag us!

Other ways to support the House community

Donate publications, art, and A/V equipment

The House will gladly accept any gifts of books, periodicals, or art that celebrate and preserve the histories, cultures, and traditions of the Black Diaspora. Additionally, if you are interested in gifting a new desktop computer or laptop, printer, projector, projector screen, or whiteboard to the House to support the work, be sure to contact AfAmHouse@yale.edu.

Student mentoring and career exploration 

Mentor a student who has interest in your field and connect students with career opportunities.

Become an engaged alum

Become an active member in the Yale Black Alumni Association or other Yale Alumni Association groups. Contact Nicholas.Lewis@yale.edu.

Join the Yale Alumni Schools Committee which connects alumni volunteers with applicants to Yale College for evaluative interviews conducted near an applicant’s home.