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Development Director for the Washington Area Office at United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Mr. Harry Christian III serves as the Development Director for the Washington Area Office at United Negro College Fund (UNCF) where he develops and implements strategic plans to raise funds that support college students and UNCF’s 37 member schools.

Born and raised in the inner city of Philadelphia, PA., Harry quickly learned the importance of a good education. He was accepted into the top high school in the city, Central High School of Philadelphia, where he developed a keen interest in media and became the youngest student to intern at two large tv networks, WHYY and UPN.

Harry received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University in 2010 and his Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University in 2015.

As a first-generation college student and graduate of an HBCU, Harry devotes his free time to educating teenagers in the under-resourced areas of D.C. on the benefits and importance of not only attending an HBCU but also obtaining a college degree and inspiring them to reach their fullest potential despite certain circumstances.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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