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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

African American Community Fund

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PURPOSE: A volunteer Advisory Board encourages giving to establish new and grow existing endowment funds to support annual grants and scholarships that fulfill the mission.

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.

NOTE:  The African American Community Fund's grant application is now online!  Click on the Grant Application and Reporting Tab below for more information.



AACF Logo 150pxThe 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.

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We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency