5 Innovators of the African-American Community Fund

More than 200 charitable funds have been established under the umbrella of the African-American Community Fund (AACF) since 1992. A national model for organized philanthropy among African-Americans, the AACF is treasure trove of history and trailblazers whose perseverance and passion to help others has left a legacy of impact within the Dayton Region. Read below to learn more about the AACF.

A Fund for Dayton’s First African-American Attorney is Under the Umbrella of AACF:

The first charitable fund of the African-American Community Fund actually was established before the AACF was founded. Moses H. Jones, Dayton’s first black attorney, dreamed of a brighter future for African-Americans. Through his 1926 bequest, Mr. Jones left a legacy that would aid Dayton-area YMCAs that serve predominantly black communities. Nearly 60 years after his original bequeath, the Moses H. Jones Fund was established through The Dayton Foundation in 1984. When the AACF was established in 1992, the fund was moved under the umbrella of the AACF, becoming its first endowment fund. To date, the fund has awarded more than $26,600 to support Greater Dayton YMCA programs.Greater Dayton YMCA

Support the Moses H. Jones Fund in its efforts to aid the YMCA in supporting our communities.

The First African-American to Graduate from an Ohio Music Conservatory Has a Fund with the AACF:

Henry Garcia loved music. A former professor of music at Wilberforce and Central State Universities and a local organ enthusiast, Mr. Garcia learned to play the organ at a young age. This passion for music eventually led him to apply to an Ohio music conservatory. When the institution denied him because of the color of his skin, he worked with the NAACP, the Urban League and even the State Attorney’s office to appeal, fighting for four years until he was accepted. In 1953 Mr. Garcia became the first black student to graduate from the conservatory, receiving his master of music literature and organ degree.

When Mr. Garcia passed away in 2001, he left a $600,000 gift from his estate to establish the Henry A. Garcia Fund through the AACF of The Dayton Foundation, which at the time was the single-largest gift in the AACF’s history. To date, the fund has awarded more than $303,000 in scholarships to minority students pursuing a career in music at Wilberforce and Central State Universities. Through his fund, Mr. Garcia is helping to ensure that students will never experience what he endured to get an education.

Central State University

Make a gift to the Henry A. Garcia Fund and help more students pursue their dream of music.

A Fund in Honor of Wilberforce University’s First Female President is Under the AACF:

Described as a trailblazer and innovator, Yvonne Walker-Taylor was taught the importance of education from an early age. Born in 1916, Dr. Walker-Taylor was encouraged by her father, an African Methodist Episcopal minister and bishop and former Wilberforce University president, to pursue opportunities without limiting herself to conventional gender roles of the time. She broke many barriers throughout her life. After graduating from Wilberforce University at the age of 19, she later became its first female president and was the first daughter to follow her father in the presidency of a university in the United States.

In 2008, the Dr. Yvonne Walker-Taylor Women for Women Scholarship Fund II was established through the AACF of The Dayton Foundation in her memory. Today, the fund awards scholarships to young women who attend Wilberforce University, honoring Dr. Walker-Taylor’s accomplishments, the example that she set for other women and her lifelong commitment to higher education and to promoting women’s leadership.

Wilberforce Graduates

Help young women at Wilberforce University continue to break barriers.

The Nation’s First African-American Naval Officers Established a Fund Through the AACF:

In 1944, the Navy commissioned its first 13 black officers, revered as the Golden Thirteen because of the gold shoulder bars on their uniforms. Despite the challenges of the time, including having some enlisted personnel refuse to salute them, these gentlemen persevered and opened new doors for future generations.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Golden Thirteen, a fund was established through the African-American Community Fund in 1994 to recognize their groundbreaking accomplishments and help African-Americans to pursue a career in the Navy. To date, the Golden Thirteen Naval Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $18,800 in scholarships to R.O.T.C. students enrolled in one of the six traditionally black colleges operating Naval R.O.T.C. units.

Golden Thirteen Scholarship Recipients

Make a gift to the Golden Thirteen Naval Scholarship Fund and help open more doors for students pursuing careers in the Navy.

A Lifetime of Firsts Led to the Creation of the AACF:

John E. Moore, Sr., is a man of many firsts. A World War II veteran, he was hired as a clerk at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) after the war. He became the first Equal Employment Opportunity officer at WPAFB in 1960, and later became the chief of Civilian Personnel in 1972, the first African-American to hold this position. In 1972 Mr. Moore became The Dayton Foundation’s first African-American Governing Board member, and in 1989 its first African-American chair. He also became the first African-American to serve as president of board of the United Way of Greater Dayton in 1984.

In 1992, Mr. Moore co-founded the African-American Community Fund along with the late Lloyd E. Lewis, Jr. Twenty-five years later, the AACF has awarded more than $886,500 in scholarships to help nearly 500 students accomplish their dreams of going to college. Additionally, more than $3.6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 nonprofits in the Dayton area. Thanks to these visionary leaders, the African-American Community Fund will host a celebration of 25 years of helping others on November 11, 2017.

African-American Community Fund

Support the African-American Community Fund in its efforts to invest and grow our community for a greater tomorrow.

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File date: 02.01.17


Karma Winburn

“When I contribute to a cause that matters to me, I’m making a difference in someone’s life. A community foundation shares in this role and has the power to enhance a community through charitable giving and to connect individuals to the needs of others.”
– Karma Winburn, Dayton Foundation donor since 2004

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