African American Legacy

Advancing philanthropy and empowerment in the African American community since 2003.

  • $3.8 Million

    Dollars Donated

  • 250

    Grant Recipients

  • 600+

    Active Donors

  • 500+

    Organizations Impacted

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., ChairNatashia Holmes
Kimberly A. Casey, Vice ChairSequane Lawrence
Kimbra BellKafi Moragne-Patterson
Inger Burnett-ZieglerNicole Robinson
Janice EvansDarryl Rodgers
Tyrone FormanMironda Ross
Denitra GriffinChristal Stinson
Professionals with a wide range of experience across numerous industries comprise the Advisory Board. Board members actively participate in community engagement, donor cultivation, and grant making activities.

Life Directors

Brenda AsareMarguerite Griffin
Daniel AshSuzanne Griffith
Claudette BakerDeborah Harrington
Andreason BrownLoann Honesty King
Julian ColemanDiane Latiker
Carol CrenshawRobert McGhee
Amina DickersonMary Patillo
Rebecca Ford-TerryShawnelle Richie 
Denise GardnerBaronica Roberson
Corliss GarnerMelody Spann-Cooper
Graham Grady
Life Directors are individuals who have rendered exemplary service in advancing the goals of African American Legacy, with special consideration given to former Advisory Board members.


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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.

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