Binta Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and still maintains active membership in the National Alumnae Association there.
The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) supports this women’s college through recruitment efforts, community service, financial donations, a sisterhood network, and special recognition of outstanding members. The NAASC promotes its alumnae growth and development through various member benefits. The Association began in 1892 under the guidance of President Harriet Giles and Dean Lucy Upton to draw out women’s leadership, and in particular African-American women’s leadership. In the early days, the organization focused on reporting information on alumnae accomplishments. Each graduate was asked to donate one dollar to the alumnae fund to signify the minimum amount they “owed” to Spelman. Alumnae clubs began springing up around the country, and by the 1920s they existed in Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Ohio. In the 1930s, the first loyalty fund was established, which served as a reunion-giving program. Today, the alumnae reunion giving has grown to more than $300,000 a year.
In the 1980s, alumnae received the first awards from the NAASC, which included the Merit Award and the Hall of Fame Award. The NAASC also put in place the Donald M. Stewart Endowed Scholarship, which provides student scholarships. Other firsts for the NAASC in the 1980s included a fund-raising raffle and the establishment of the National Emergency Student Loan Fund.
The NAASC’s Jaguar Community serves as an online resource for current students, families, and alumnae to post and update their profiles and connect with other students. Interested parties can create blogs, add photos, provide news updates, and contribute to a vibrant online community.
Members of the NAASC enjoy benefits such as a Bank of America Platinum Plus Visa card that helps members contribute to the NAASC. Each time a purchase is made, Bank of America contributes to the NAASC at no cost to the user. In addition, Liberty Mutual provides group insurance rates to members of the NAASC.
Upcoming NAASC events include a Decatur, Georgia, scholarship fundraiser on March 12th; the 2nd Annual Loving Me Girls’ Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 4th; and the 7000 Club Campaign Gratitude Reception in Houston, Texas on May 4th. For more information on these and other exciting events, access the NAASC webpage at alumnae.naasc.org.