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Richard Lee Snow to Lead the Fundraising Efforts for the Washington DC Region

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is pleased to announce Richard Lee Snow as its new regional development director leading fundraising efforts for UNCF across the Washington DC region, including its local office in Philadelphia PA. In this role, Snow is responsible for establishing short- and long-range goals and conducting comprehensive, cost-effective annual fundraising campaigns within his area of operation to support the 37 UNCF-member institutions and the students they serve. In addition, Snow will serve as an ambassador for the organization, engaging donors and leveraging key relationships to ensure that revenue goals are met.


“We are elated to welcome Richard to UNCF,” said Fred Mitchell, UNCF’s vice president of development for the Atlantic/Midwest division. “His extensive background in fundraising will leverage existing partnerships and build new ones in order to expand UNCF’s blueprint of providing a quality education to all.”  


Prior to joining UNCF, Snow served as senior advisor for multicultural marketing and business development for ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In that role he and his team had the national responsibility of managing current and cultivating potential relationships with African-American groups, individual donors and celebrities, including collective partnerships with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, The Links, Inc., Prince Hall Shriners, the NAACP, the National Urban League, et al. 


Snow also served as the eighth executive director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and at its 76th Grand Chapter Meeting (national convention) in 2003, was the first to be given the additional title of chief operating officer. As executive director, he was responsible for managing the operations of the over 150,000-member association worldwide with more than 700 chapters throughout the nation and abroad, including its three chapters located in South Africa and Nigeria, which Snow personally chartered.


“I think Richard’s background makes him the ideal candidate to lead the local UNCF office in Philadelphia. I am thrilled with the choice,” said Harold T. Epps, director, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia.


Snow has received numerous recognitions, having been featured both locally and nationally in print, radio and television, including guest appearances on the nationally recognized “Late Night with Tavis Smiley” show on the BET network as well as “The Monique Show,” David Tutera's “CELEBrations” show with Omarosa Manigault, and locally on the “Plain Talk” show with Eleanor Jean Henley and “Philly Live” with Chris Ridenhour. The Philadelphia Tribune has consistently selected him as one of Philadelphia’s “Most Influential African Americans,” and in 2019, honored him as a "Mover and Shaker."  “Snow is an excellent choice.  He brings considerable relationships to be successful in outreach to our community for UNCF” said Robert Bogle, president and CEO, Philadelphia Tribune.


He is also the recipient of many awards, being named as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Hospitality and Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings Magazine (2006), receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (2016) and recently, at its national convention (2019), receiving Kappa's Elder Watson Diggs Award, named after its revered founder. Snow also served as the keynote speaker for the 11th annual Mexican Tourism Conference (XI Reunion Nacional de Turismo de Negocios) in October 2006.


“On behalf of the PHLCVB and PHL Diversity, we congratulate Richard on this new opportunity to provide his dynamic leadership to UNCF and the cause it represents – education for hundreds of thousands of students attending HBCUs around the country,” said PHLCVB President and CEO Julie Coker Graham. “Through his work with Kapp Alpha Psi, Inc., St. Jude, and stewardship of the PHL Diversity Advisory Board, we’ve experienced the value and impact of his work ethic.” 


Snow is a member of the Canaan Baptist Church of Germantown, where he serves as its scholarship ministry's servant leader, and has been married to Judith (formerly Brister) for more than 37 years. The couple has two adult sons, Richard Lee, Jr., and Joseph Lawrence.


Snow can be reached at the UNCF Philadelphia office at 718 Arch Street, Suite 301, Philadelphia, PA 19106; by phone at (215) 925-9044, ext. 1047; or via e-mail at .

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