African American Legacy Fund

Together We Can

“There is no problem that we can’t solve if we corral our resources behind it. That means people. That means money. That means the good will and cooperation of a large segment of people.”
-Coretta Scott King

We have all heard the statistics about the challenges that African American children, youth, and families face in Southern Arizona. The words of Mrs. King remind us that, no matter how intractable problems appear to be, together we can address the community’s most pressing needs.

In 2012, a group of African American community leaders, led by Dr. Anna Jolivet, met with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to develop charitable resources for the African American community. The result was the African American Legacy Fund (AALF).

The AALF has a vision of what Southern Arizona can be when we bring together people, money, and goodwill to make sure all of our children, youth, and families have the opportunities and resources to prosper. The AALF is working to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Tucson by:

  • Strengthening relationship 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.

The initiative is led by an advisory board whose members are committed to making an impact in our community, raising funds each year to grant to nonprofit organizations and building a $1 million endowment that will ensure philanthropic dollars are available in perpetuity.

2019-2020 Grantees

Alpha Phi Alpha Tucson + Barbea Williams Performance Company
Engage, Enrich, Encourage: Alpha BWPC

Arizona’s Children Association Dunbar Barber Academy
Naturally Me

Books for Classrooms + Tucson Educational Enrichment for Minorities
Books for Classrooms TUSD Pilot Project

I Am You 360Tucson Boys and Girls Club
Removing the Band-Aid

Both the grantmaking and the endowment fund welcome contributions from the community.

For more information about AALF, please contact Laci Lester, Program Manager, Initiatives at (520) 382-9203 or