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.
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 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.
The African American Legacy is currently reviewing proposals received in spring for its 2019 grant cycle.
Grants will be awarded in September 2019 to support grassroots organizations with a programmatic focus on the following areas:
- Social Justice: Education and training of youth activists
- Immigration: Policy/systems change and direct service specific to those of the African diaspora
- Mental Health: Responding to street, gun and police violence
- Youth Micro-Entrepreneurship
Nicole Layton, Assistant Director of Donor Services