African American Legacy
Advancing philanthropy and empowerment in the African American community since 2003.
AAL’s 20th Anniversary:
Reaching Back, Giving Forward
This year, African American Legacy, an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, celebrates its 20th anniversary honoring the vision and legacy of AAL’s founding members and supporters, two decades of impact, and hope for AAL’s future. Learn more.
Grant Making in Chicago
Since its founding in 2003 as an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, African American Legacy (AAL) has granted nearly $4 million to numerous nonprofit organizations with innovative ideas for impact. AAL provides support to nonprofit organizations that work at the grassroots level to educate and engage communities, and to provide neighborhood-based services and solutions addressing community problems.
2022 Grant Recipients
Advisory Board Members
|Troy Boyd Jr., Chair||Natashia Holmes|
|Kimberly A. Casey, Vice Chair||Sequane Lawrence|
|Kimbra Bell||Kafi Moragne-Patterson|
|Inger Burnett-Ziegler||Nicole Robinson|
|Janice Evans||Darryl Rodgers|
|Tyrone Forman||Mironda Ross|
|Denitra Griffin||Christal Stinson|
|Brenda Asare||Marguerite Griffin|
|Daniel Ash||Suzanne Griffith|
|Claudette Baker||Deborah Harrington|
|Andreason Brown||Loann Honesty King|
|Julian Coleman||Diane Latiker|
|Carol Crenshaw||Robert McGhee|
|Amina Dickerson||Mary Patillo|
|Rebecca Ford-Terry||Shawnelle Richie|
|Denise Gardner||Baronica Roberson|
|Corliss Garner||Melody Spann-Cooper|
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African American Legacy activates an engaged network of community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life of African Americans in Chicago through the power of collective giving, community engagement, and grant making.Make A Gift
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