African-American Community Fund

The African-American Community Fund (AACF), a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, offers donors an opportunity to create a legacy that will benefit the community for many generations.

Fund Benefits

  • Create a family legacy
  • Create a permanent financial resource for generations to come
  • Ensure that the current and future needs of our community are met
  • And More...

The African-American Community Fund (AACF) began in 1992 under the leadership of 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 180 current and deferred funds, benefiting a variety of important areas, including civic, economic, cultural, educational, religious and human service initiatives. 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.

Apply for Grants

The AACF Grants Committee is in the process of planning for the 2015 discretionary grant cycle.  The AACF discretionary grant process involves submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI).  All Letters of Intent (LOIs) received will be reviewed by the AACF Discretionary Grants Committee to determine which organizations are eligible to submit a full grant application. The deadline for submitting a LOI wll be Ju ly 10, 2015.  If you have questions about AACF's grant making process, please contact Allyson Johns at 937.222.0410 or email at