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African American Philanthropy Initiative (AAPI)

Associated Black Charities

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2002
  • Location Baltimore, MD, United States
  • Geographic Focus Maryland

About this grant

In the late 1990s, the Emerging Funds for Communities of Color report identified a number of critical needs for the development of permanent charitable assets within minority communities. Findings included the need for information on minority giving practices; the need to build minority endowments to strengthen communities; a mistrust of traditional institutions that discouraged charitable asset creation within minority communities; and the tendency of communities of color to trust their own institutions, networks and peer relationships. However, the economic upswing of the late 1990s presented a unique opportunity for the development of African-American charitable assets.Funding will support an initiative that will provide charitable giving information to different segments of the African-American community in Maryland and furnish vehicles for donors to implement giving options. Goals include enhancing the capacity of Associated Black Charities (ABC) to leverage resources in the African-American community; providing educational materials to increase community knowledge about institutional philanthropy, financial management and wealth accumulation; promoting charitable asset development within the African-American community; and increasing funds raised by, and allocated for, the African-American community.ABC was founded in 1985 to represent and respond to issues of special significance to Maryland’s African-American communities; and to foster coordinated leadership on issues concerning these communities.