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Sojourner-Douglass College Foundation


Sojourner-Douglass College, named by the community, was founded as a community-controlled institution of higher education to empower the community to assume community institutional and economic development. Dr. Charles W. Simmons, the founder and only president of the College believes that by educating individuals for self-determination you create socially concerned citizens who improve their lives and the communities in which they live. Sojourner-Douglass College, a fully accredited (501) (c) (3) organization, is the State of Maryland’s only private, predominately African-American institution of higher learning.

The College was established in 1972, to create a “culturally pluralistic learning environment” in the city of Baltimore. In an approach to college education that is singular in Maryland and even across the country, Sojourner-Douglass has instituted transformational, “tap-root,” programs of study to empower working adults and heads of households with the knowledge, and know-how to chart their own destinies and the destinies of their children.

The characteristics that distinguish the College’s academic approach include: (1) evening and Saturday classes that allow working adults to participate in a full-time or part-time program of study, (2) a tri-mester system that gives students the option to complete a degree in three years or less, (3) some academic credits derived from documented life learning experiences that could significantly reduce the degree completion period, (4) transfer credits for courses taken and completed in other accredited institutions, (5) a Project Demonstrating Competence - a two semester internship, which requires participation in an independent project related to a student’s major, (6) an on-campus Child Drop-in Center staffed to supervise children of students attending evening and Saturday classes.

The College has expanded to other sites in Maryland (Annapolis, Cambridge, Owings Mills, Salisbury and Prince Georges County) and has a fully accredited campus in Nassau, Bahamas. The College offers baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in multiple disciplines, including early childhood and special education. The College employs over 385 faculty members, 75% of whom hold terminal degrees as well as professional licenses and real-world experiences.

Over the years, the College has enrolled more than 10,000 students, 80 percent of whom live in Baltimore City, and has graduated over 4,800 with 49% going on to graduate school, and an additional 1,500 successfully completing short-term, specially designed training or certificate programs.

What lies behind the numbers and the expansion is a student population that is predominantly African-American, 85% female, 70% with children, and 66% who are heads of households with an average age of 36. Ninety-two percent attend on a full-time basis and 77% are employed full-time.

About S-DC Foundation

Sojourner-Douglass College Foundation, Inc. operates exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes, within the meaning of Section of 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and within such limits, to promote the educational mission of Sojourner-Douglass College by engaging in fundraising efforts for the exclusive benefit of Sojourner-Douglass College, and to take appropriate action in furtherance of such purposes, without partisanship of any kind; and consistent with the above, to exercise all powers available to corporations organized pursuant to the General Corporation Law of the State of Maryland.

Position Statement On Philanthropic Giving

Sojourner-Douglass College is committed to keeping its donors informed and involved. Our volunteer leadership believes giving is a personal matter and decision, and understands the most responsive contributors are those who have the opportunity to become involved and kept informed.

Sojourner-Douglass College is opposed to coercion of any type. Any semblance of pressure in fundraising – whether real, implied or perceived – is contradictory to the mission and operating principles of Sojourner-Douglass College.

Our Institution is committed to planning and executing an inclusive campaign, and in doing so, communicating effectively the College’s role, mission, reputation, needs and outcomes. We feel an informed donor is a responsive donor and pledge to consistently provide pertinent information to everyone connected with the College.

2013-2015 Fundraising Initiatives:

Annual Giving:

Century Club is 100 friends and supporters who value the mission of a community-controlled college to assist citizens in improving their lives.

Internal Giving comes from staff and faculty of the College who are committed to providing a quality education to students.

Alumni are all Sojourner-Douglass College students present and past who want to maintain the investment that they have made in their future.

Capital Campaign:

The College is dedicated to providing students with state-of-the-art facilities to enhance their educational experience.

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