Department of Africana Studies
The Cunningham Foundation
The Cunningham Foundation was established in 2003 by Noel and Tammy Cunningham following a visit to Yetebon, Ethiopia in 2001. Noel and Tammy are a prominent business couple in Denver. A few months ago, they were recognized by the Denver Sister Cities with the 2008 Friendship Award for their humanitarian work in Ethiopia. The Foundation’s primary mission is to help the “courageous people of the impoverished areas of Ethiopia to help themselves.” The Foundation assists the Ethiopian people by partnering with them in organizing and initiating sustainable development projects. Some of these development projects are: Hope Bracelet Project, Quarters for Kids, Ethiopia Library Project. During the past five years, the Foundation has raised and contributed nearly $800,000 towards development projects in Ethiopia, and has inspired scores of Coloradans of all ages to become involved in these activities to contribute to the betterment of the human condition. The Foundation’s projects have provided unique opportunities to students for broadening their education, worldview, and service learning by actively participating in on-site development activities. Students from several MSU Denver academic departments (African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Human Services, Sociology, Social Work, Teacher Education, Women’s Studies) can greatly benefit from this global learning opportunity. The Ethiopia project can also offer opportunities to the college’s division of Institutional Advancement and the MSU Denver Foundation to engage in educational outreach and project-specific fundraising activities in the community.