Strengthening African American Communities in Metropolitan Chicago

African American Legacy (AAL) is a philanthropic initiative led by African American civic and community leaders who share the common goal of improving the quality of life among African Americans throughout metropolitan Chicago. AAL engages African Americans in philanthropy, collectively and individually, and provides support to nonprofit organizations that work at the grassroots level to educate and engage communities, and to provide neighborhood-based services and solutions addressing community problems. Grounded in the philosophies of collective giving, community engagement and grant making, AAL serves as a convener and catalyst, making significant impact through the organizations it supports.

Since its founding in 2003 as an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, AAL has granted more than $2 million to numerous nonprofit organizations with innovative ideas for impact. AAL is driven by its mission and committed to supporting innovation that catalyzes real change in the community, innovation that creates a positive shift toward the sustainability, longevity and prosperity of Chicago’s African American community.

Donations may be made online to AAL, where you can also find information about the grant guidelines. The next application cycle will open in Spring 2019.  Online donations are welcomed by AAL.  Please leave general inquiries on our contact page, where you also can sign up to be notified about our next grant application cycle.



Our Mission

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 grant making.

Community and civic leaders with a deep commitment to addressing the needs of the African American community

Advisory Board Members

The Advisory Board is comprised of professionals with a wide range of experience across numerous industries. Board members actively participate in community engagement, donor cultivation and grant making activities.

Baronica Roberson, Chair

Troy Boyd Jr., Vice Chair

Brenda Asare

Daniel Ash

Claudette Baker

 Kimbra Bell

Andreason Brown

Inger Burnett-Ziegler

Sharon Bush

Kimberly A. Casey

Tyrone Forman

Denitra Griffin

Suzanne Griffith

Deborah Harrington

Natashia Holmes

Diane Latiker

Sequane Lawrence

Robert McGhee

Suzet McKinney

Nicole Robinson

Darryl Rodgers

Christal Stinson

Andrea Wright

Life Directors

Carol Crenshaw

Amina Dickerson

Rebecca Ford Terry

Denise Gardner

Corliss Garner

Graham Grady

Marguerite Griffin

Loann Honesty King

Julian Coleman

Mary Pattillo

Shawnelle Richie

Melody Spann-Cooper


United we can improve the lives of African Americans


The Chicago Community Trust


Making good happen. Every day.


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Suite 2200
Chicago IL 60601
FAX: 312.616.7955

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