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 208 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 2020-21 fiscal year, the African-American Community Fund (AACF) Advisory Board once again exceeded its commitment to promote philanthropy. Visit to read the 2020-21 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; Richard Hairston, Dr. Tina L. Hummons; Ryan Ivory; Dr. Xavier L. Johnson; Janet Jones; Robert Jones; Brandon McClain, Esq.; Nikol Miller; Kiya Patrick; Peggy Thomas, Desiree Tims, Shenise Turner-Sloss; Eric Walker-Mabry, secretary; Kevin Washington

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

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File date: 07.21.22


Lucy Baker

“I am here to help you learn more about the committee advised funds and education foundations under the umbrella of The Dayton Foundation.” Lucy Baker, donor relations officer, (937) 225-9960

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