African American Legacy

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

  • $2.4 Million

    Dollars Granted

  • 75+

    Grant Recipients

  • 600+

    Active Donors

  • 500+

    Organizations Impacted

October 2022: The African American Legacy Newsletter

The past two years have been filled with change, but in all that has transpired, AAL has continued its mission to uplift and support the Black community in Chicago so that they will thrive. There’s more work to do, and we hope you’ll join us and stay engaged with African American Legacy.

About the Fund

African American Legacy (AAL) is a philanthropic 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 nonprofit organizations that work at the grassroots level to educate and engage communities, and to provide neighborhood-based services and solutions addressing community problems.

Advisory Board Members

Baronica Roberson, ChairSuzanne Griffith
Troy Boyd Jr., Vice ChairDeborah Harrington
Brenda AsareNatashia Holmes
Daniel AshDiane Latiker
Claudette BakerSequane Lawrence
Kimbra BellRobert McGhee
Andreason BrownSuzet McKinney
Inger Burnett-ZieglerNicole Robinson
Sharon BushDarryl Rodgers
Kimberly A. CaseyChristal Stinson
Tyrone FormanAndrea Wright
Denitra Griffin
The Advisory Board is comprised of professionals with a wide range of experience across numerous industries. Board members actively participate in community engagement, donor cultivation and grant making activities.

Life Directors

Carol CrenshawMarguerite Griffin
Amina DickersonLoann Honesty King
Rebecca Ford TerryJulian Coleman
Denise GardnerMary Pattillo
Corliss GarnerShawnelle Richie
Graham GradyMelody Spann-Cooper

African American Legacy

Grounded in the philosophies of collective giving, community engagement, and grant making, AAL serves as a convener and catalyst, making significant impact through the organizations it supports.

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Innovative Ideas for Impact

Since its founding in 2003 as an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, AAL has granted more than $2 million to numerous nonprofit organizations with innovative ideas for impact. AAL is driven by its mission and is committed to supporting innovation that catalyzes real change in the community, innovation that creates a positive shift toward the sustainability, longevity, and prosperity of Chicago’s African American community.

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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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