African-American Community Fund

The African-American Community Fund (AACF) began in 1992 under the leadership of The Dayton Foundation emeritus Governing Board member and former chair John E. Moore, Sr. and former member Lloyd E. Lewis, Jr. At that time, AACF served as an umbrella to more than a dozen funds earmarked to address specific needs within Greater Dayton’s African-American community.

Today AACF houses more than 160 current and deferred funds, benefiting a variety of important areas, including civic, economic, cultural, educational, religious and human service initiatives. In addition, AACF has contributed $5,206,311 to nonprofit organizations providing services within the community.

Recognized as a national model for the promotion of philanthropy in the African-American community, the fund offers African-Americans an opportunity to create a permanent financial resource for generations to come.

The African-American Community Fund 2016 Grant Cycle is now closed. Visit to learn more about the guidelines and eligibility requirements for the next cycle.


The African-American Community Fund (AACF) accepts grant applications from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in the Dayton/Miami Valley area. Grants are awarded once a year to a variety of organizations: from social services to mentoring and education, from health and wellness to the arts. Typical amounts awarded range from $500 to $1,000. The size and number of grants is determined by the amount of money available each year.

If you have questions about AACF’s grant making process, please contact Allyson Johns at (937) 225-9953.

Advisory Board

Joshua Johnson, president, Dr. Willie Houston, vice president, Dana Donaldson, Rosiland Harper, Calvin Heard, Carol Hinton, John A. Lumpkin, Jr., Nan-C Moss, Shirley Porter, Ronnie Redd, Roane Smothers, Janiece Williams

Eugene Heflin, financial advisor to the board

To learn more about the African-American Community Fund, visit their website at

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File date: 04.06.17


John Moore

The Foundation’s African-American Community Fund is reaching out and instilling the importance of giving something back to your community. – John E. Moore, Sr. emeritus Governing Board Member and Foundation donor

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