African American Legacy

Strengthening African American Families and Communities

African American Legacy (AAL) is a philanthropic and educational initiative led by African American civic and community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life among African Americans throughout metropolitan Chicago. AAL engages African Americans in philanthropy, collectively and individually, and provides support to grassroots and nonprofit organizations working on the ground to solve community problems. With a permanent endowment as its foundation, AAL uses the power of collective giving and the philosophy of community engagement to make a significant impact on organizations focused on community based services. AAL has granted nearly $1.8 million to more than 50 organizations with innovative ideas for impact. AAL is driven by its mission and committed to supporting innovation that influences real change in the community—innovation that influences a positive shift toward sustainability, longevity and prosperity of Chicago’s African American community.

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To support African American Legacy, you can make a gift to The Legacy Fund. Donors pool their resources in this endowment for greater giving power. You can donate online using a credit card, or contact us for other options.

You can also start an individual fund. Families, groups or individuals establish their own funds for giving that supports the African American community. Contact us to learn about starting your personalized charitable fund.

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Kathy Pope, Assistant Director of Donor Services

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African American Legacy’s current funding program, Empowerment for Peace, recognizes that reducing violence requires building our strength from within and coordinating our collective talents.

You can learn more about these upcoming grants, to be awarded in fall 2016, in the complete AAL Grant Guidelines.

The next application cycle will open in early spring 2017.

Find upcoming grant opportunities in Grant Central