African American Community Fund

Project led by Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

About the African American Community Fund.

The African American Community Fund was created to assist the African American community in Appalachian Ohio in growing philanthropic resources to enrich quality of life. All gifts to the African American Community Fund are invested in an endowment fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). From its interest and earnings, this Fund will make grants to support the community for many years to come, ensuring permanent resources designed to address the African American community’s changing needs over time.

Our work together has already made a difference, and with further investment, our impact on the nonprofits, schools, and communities of our treasured region will only grow. Recently, the African American Community Fund awarded three grants to support the African American community during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • GO Community Development Corporation to stock a shoe and coat closet for Ashtabula County children;
  • Carver Community Center to assist Ross County families navigating the challenges of remote learning; and
  • The Underground Railroad Museum to create a virtual map of the Underground Railroad stations in Belmont County.

Special match opportunity.

For a limited time, all gifts to the African American Community Fund will receive a dollar-for-dollar match!

Thanks to matching funds awarded to FAO by the Ohio Legislature, $1 million is available to FAO endowment funds, including the African American Community Fund. Each donor can secure up to $5,000 in match.

The $1 million in match is available to all endowment funds at FAO and will move quickly. Don’t let time run out. Help us secure match for the African American Community Fund so we can make a greater difference together!

The African American Community Fund committee.

The African American Community Fund is driven by a local, volunteer committee. The committee works to ensure that gifts to the Foundation make the greatest impact in Appalachian Ohio through meaningful grant awards.

The African American Community Fund committee is composed of Ernie A. Bynum, Ernest E. Bynum, Jr., Ken Mason, Michele Reynolds, and Ralph Smithers.

FAO staff comments.

Appalachian Ohio has access to nine times fewer charitable dollars per capita than the rest of the state. At FAO, we understand that a combination of local leadership and regional initiatives is needed to tackle this philanthropy gap that all too often means an opportunity gap for our communities and the people who call them home. One crucial way FAO has sought to address this philanthropy gap is by supporting the efforts of counties in growing philanthropy with the local community, for the local community, including the African American Community Fund.

Because we know that lasting resources dedicated to local communities is so vital to creating opportunities, 100% of your gift and its match to the African American Community Fund will be invested in the endowment to make a long-term, local difference in Appalachian Ohio.

Make a donation.

In a special Cause Connector opportunity, 100% of your gift and its match to the African American Community Fund will be invested in this local endowment to expand the resources available for local grantmaking each and every year for generations to come.

While the $1 million in match available to FAO's endowment funds lasts, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Each donor can secure up to $5,000 in match.

For larger gifts or to donate in other ways (e.g. stock transfer, IRA transfer, or a gift through a donor-advised fund), please click here or contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or info@ffao.org.

Project Status
New
Areas of Investment
FAO Signature Initiative Community & Economic Development
Funds Needed

100% of your gift to the African American Community Fund will be invested to expand the resources available for local grants each and every year.

Impact
Benefits 32 counties
  • Adams
  • Ashtabula
  • Athens
  • Belmont
  • Brown
  • Carroll
  • Clermont
  • Columbiana
  • Coshocton
  • Gallia
  • Guernsey
  • Harrison
  • Highland
  • Hocking
  • Holmes
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lawrence
  • Mahoning
  • Meigs
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Muskingum
  • Noble
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Ross
  • Scioto
  • Trumbull
  • Tuscarawas
  • Vinton
  • Washington