Collage of local nonprofits who received unrestricted funding.

African American Legacy Fund Grants $50,000 in Unrestricted Funding to Six Local Nonprofits

The African American Legacy Fund (AALF), an initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), is thrilled to announce that unrestricted funding totaling $50,000 was granted to six local organizations. AALF is also proud to share that grants have shifted to a two-year funding cycle, with organizations receiving the same level of funding in 2024. Since 2013, our generous donors have made it possible for AALF to invest over $325,000 to support organizations serving African American communities in Southern Arizona.

AALF was founded in 2013 by esteemed educator, philanthropist, and civic leader Dr. Anna Jolivet, Ph.D. AALF works to improve the quality of life for African Americans who live in Southern Arizona through strengthening relationships and fostering collaboration among community members, donors, and organizations serving the African American community, enhancing the capacity of organizations that are working to improve the African American community, encouraging greater giving from and to the African American community, and funding innovative, collaborative programs that improve the quality of life for Southern Arizonans of African heritage.

AALF 2023 Grantees

Dr. Laila Hishaw, Founder of Diversity in Dentistry Mentorships, shared, “Receiving this generous grant from the African American Legacy Fund will allow us to unlock the potential of so many students who never considered a career in dentistry. Through mentorship and hands-on programming, we will continue strengthening the diversity pathway from middle school to dental school of African American and other students underrepresented in healthcare.”

“Receiving the African American Legacy Fund Grant is a significant milestone for our organization. It means our work and mission to empower girls, particularly those from Black communities. This grant provides us with financial support to promote self-confidence, leadership, and personal growth among girls and young women, and it enables us to expand our impact and reach more girls in need,” shared Acacia Barnett, Founder of Hattie B. Black Women in Progress (BWIP). “Thank you for giving a small, rural, Black organization like ours a chance. We look forward to continuing our work to empower Black girls and build a stronger community.”

CFSA is grateful to continue our partnership with the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, which will contribute one hundred dollars for every two hundred dollars of support the African American Legacy Fund receives.

Please consider supporting the African American Legacy Fund today!

This grant will allow TEEM to continue providing literacy and career services to minority students throughout Southern Arizona who continue to be the most in need in their communities.

— Barbara Mosley, Secretary, TEEM

The AALF Grant allows us to serve and work for the community by providing them with historical resources and information that we have been so fortunate to uncover over the past year. We have had over 1,000 visitors, which shows the need, curiosity, and impact that African Americans have made, and with these funds, we are able to provide more displays, exhibits, and educational materials for students of all ages.

— Beverley Elliot, Executive Director, African American Museum of Southern Arizona

Our archival operations have been on hold as we have sought additional funding. This generous grant will allow us to move forward with the modernization of our website to push this initiative forward.

— Bryan Haver, Executive Director, Dunbar Pavilion

Our books introduce students to new possibilities; they contain characters/role models to which Pima County students can relate. We are a service provider to schools with 40+ volunteers who engage school administrators/teachers and identify/purchase/deliver (at no cost to schools) books that are relevant/age-appropriate and that encourage an understanding of diversity, peace, social justice, and conflict resolution.

— Linda Laird, President/Coordinator, Books for Classrooms