LDS Church Pres. Nelson announces funding initiatives after meeting with NAACP leaders

President Russell M. Nelson speaks at a news conference with NAACP leadership in the Church Administration Building on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on June 14, 2021. 2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

UTAH, June 14, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the national leadership of the NAACP on Monday announced new educational and humanitarian initiatives.

“Today, we are pleased to announce three key initiatives that have emerged from our many discussions and prayerful planning,” said President Russell M. Nelson after a Temple Square meeting with the leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“Leaders of the Church have found common ground with the NAACP as we have discussed challenges that beset some of God’s children,” Nelson said.

“The challenges are huge, and our capacities are limited. But together, we want to make a difference, even though our efforts may seem relatively small.”

Nelson announced:

  • The Church’s commitment to fund a $1 million scholarship donation per year for three years, overseen by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which will help young black students in the United States.
  • The Church’s plans to provide $250,000 for an Amos C. Brown Student Fellowship to Ghana and explained that the experience “will allow selected students from the USA an opportunity to learn more about their heritage.”
  • The Church’s pledge of a $2 million contribution per year for the next three years to encourage service and help to those in need in those areas, Nelson said.

“This is consistent with our many humanitarian efforts around the world for which our members have donated so generously,” Nelson said.


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