Mission: To enhance the lives of the African community by targeting better education and healthcare for its children while simultaneously teaching university students the aspects of running a nonprofit business and the importance of philanthropy.
The Hawk Children's Fund was established in January 2008 as a platform to involve University of Maryland Eastern Shore students, faculty and the broader community in the creation, planning and development of a project designed to raise awareness of global issues involving children and to generate funds to assist "at-risk" children.
Our vision is to be the regionally recognized organization for developing proactive partnerships among students, community and other concerned organizations to help children in Africa.
This small nonprofit is doing big things to help citizens of Africa! Each year, a new group of UMES Hotel and Restaurant Management seniors inherit the Hawk Children's Fund. Each student chooses an area in which they want to manage. Some of these groups include marketing, special events and research and grants. Through the fall semester, seniors work toward a goal determined by the previous year's seniors. In the spring semester, after the students have grasped the concept of HCF, they construct their own goals. Each area plays an integral part in the development of HCF as an organization, and each new group of seniors bring exciting, innovative fundraising ideas.
Although the "managers" of the Hawk Children's Fund are constantly changing year to year, our "CEO", Mr. Rick Gormley remains a consistent face in the organization. As a permanent staff member who oversees HCF, Mr. Gormley motivates his students and keeps them focused on the larger goals.
Explore our website, and discover what a small group of students and a devoted professor from an HBCU can do. We hope that you will be pleasantly surprised, and decide that you want to help us grow, so we can help more children in Africa!