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 190 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 more than $6-million 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.

In the 2019-20 fiscal year, the African-American Community Fund (AACF) Advisory Board once again exceeded its commitment to promote philanthropy. Visit to read the 2019-20 Annual Report.


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 AACF’s Grants Committee at (937) 222-0410.

Visit to learn more about the guidelines and eligibility requirements for the African-American Community Fund’s Grant Cycle.

Advisory Board

Debbie Carter, president; Leona Gray, vice president; Joshua Copeland; D’Angelo Dean; Dr. Tina L. Hummons; Ryan Ivory; Dr. Xavier L. Johnson; Janet Jones; Robert Jones; Kiya Patrick; Nikol Miller; Ronnie Redd, immediate-past president; Shenise Turner-Sloss; Peggy Thomas, Desiree Tims, Eric Walker-Mabry, secretary; Kevin Washington

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: 07.15.21


Michael and Debbie Carter

“Michael and I share a belief that it’s important to help others. Sometimes it’s by buying books for a school library or it’s writing a check. The Dayton Foundation and the African-American Community Fund provide vehicles for us to contribute to causes that are important to us and a way for us to continue to support those causes that we care about.” – Michael and Debbie Carter African-American Community Fund donors. Debbie also is the president for the AACF Advisory Board and has been a member since 2017

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