Affiliate Funds

African American Community Fund

Our Mission

Our mission is to aggressively promote and encourage self-sufficiency and self-esteem in the African American community; to improve the physical, economic, and education conditions that affect the quality of life for all citizens; to encourage dialogue to strengthen race relations and to support social, health, and educational growth in the community by financially assisting and encouraging the development of activities that will strengthen the total community.

Our History

Charles Hopkins was a humanitarian whose primary ambition was advocating for the less fortunate members of society. He was adamant in his quest to strengthen race relations in our county and beyond and was keenly aware of the many needs of the elderly, children, and persons with disabilities within our community. In 1989, the Charles E. and Fannie Moore-Hopkins Fund became the first sub-fund within the African American Community Fund. The fund was the sixth of its kind in the United States. In 2003 the Advisory Board established the African-American Scholarship Fund receiving a groundswell of donations to provide scholarships to Lorain County students.


in grants awarded to the community.


invested in student scholarships.

African American Community Fund Grants

The online application opens on October 15.

Application Deadline: November 15
Board Decision: January

The African American Community Fund awards grants to non-profit organizations that address fundamental community needs, problems, or opportunities in the areas of health, social services, education, arts, and civic or cultural affairs in the Black community.  

African American Community Fund Board

  • Regan Phillips, President
  • Kionna Mcintosh-Pharms, Vice President
  • Malissa Gettis, Secretary
  • Davon Daniels, Treasurer
  • Steve Bush
  • Danielle Hughes


AACF was established


Funds under the AACF