African American Legacy

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

  • $4.5+ Million

    Dollars Granted

  • 250

    Grant Recipients

  • 600+

    Active Donors

  • 500+

    Organizations Impacted

Celebrating 20 Years of African American Legacy

African American Legacy’s 20th anniversary honors the vision and legacy of AAL’s founding members and supporters, two decades of impact, and hope for AAL’s future. Read reflections from 20 years of grant recipients.

Stories of Impact

Donald Stewart Fellowship

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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.


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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 grantmaking.

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