The Foundation's Commitment to Philanthropy for All
The Foundation, now in its 31st year of operating, has always had strong commitment to building philanthropy in our entire communy. It seems only fitting that, in African American History Month, we feature the story of our African American Community Fund. The African American Community Fund was created in 1989 by Fannie Moore-Hopkins upon the death of her husband, community activist Charles E. Hopkins. The Fund was only the 6th of its kind in the nation, intent upon addressing the specific needs of the black community, when it was established. Currently, the Fund boasts eighteen member Funds established by individuals whose charitable intent is to support grant making that will ultimately lift the community. The Fund distributes nearly $20,000 annually, and an advisory committee has the difficult task of reviewing grant applications and selecting scholarship recipients. Organizations benefiting from African American Community Fund grants include Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Friends of Oberlin Underground Railroad Center, and Boys & Girls Clubs.