MISSION: To aggressively promote and encourage self-sufficiency and self-esteem in the African American community; to improve the physical, economic, and education conditions that effect 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.
The Charles E. and Fannie Moore-Hopkins Fund was founded by Ms. Moore-Hopkins in 1989 with the help of gifts from the community to memorialize her husband who died May 31, 1988. Its purpose is to continue the ideals and work championed by Mr. Hopkins. The Fund was the sixth of its kind in America.
Charles Hopkins was a humanitarian whose primary ambition was advocating for the less fortunate members of society. He was keenly aware of the many needs of the elderly, children, and persons with disabilities in the community. He was adamant in his quest to strengthen race relations in our county and beyond. The Charles E. and Fannie Moore-Hopkins Fund became the first sub-fund within The African American Community Fund of The Community Foundation of Lorain County.
Since 1989, a volunteer Advisory Board has served as steward to the Charles E. and Fannie Moore-Hopkins Fund and subsequent endowment Funds established to benefit the African-American Community. In 2003 the Advisory Board established the African-American Scholarship Fund receiving a groundswell of donations to provide scholarships to deserving Lorain County students.