It was inspired by conversations in a barbershop and the example set by a local postal worker turned philanthropist. Created in January 2013 by three non-profit executives, Ujima seeks to increase the philanthropic impact of African American men in the Richmond Region. Members contribute a minimum of $1,100 and award a grant to a deserving non-profit that empower youth, through education related programming. Since its inception in 2013, Ujima donors have awarded approximately $130,000 in grants to six (6) local non-profits.
The Ujima Legacy Fund is an initiative in collaboration with The Community Foundation, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity.
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Erasing poverty through the Ujima Legacy Fund | Richmond Times Dispatch | June 17, 2013
JOIN US TODAY IN SUPPORTING OUR RVA YOUTH
Members can participate as much or as little as they want. You can help with any of the following:
Members contribute a minimum of $1,100 to participate in an investment pool to be awarded to at least one nonprofit annually through an application process.
To pledge your membership to Ujima, please use the link above to complete an online form.
Note: You will be redirected to The Community Foundation website to complete an online membership form.
To be eligible to apply for a Ujima Legacy Fund grant, your organization must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of the City of Richmond, and/or the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland and/or Powhatan.
We regret that we cannot accept applications from:
We also cannot accept applications to support:
Ujima Legacy Fund seeks to support nonprofits that empower youth through education related initiatives. This may include, but is not limited to:
Funding may be used for program support or specific projects. Consideration will also be given to capacity building requests to strengthen the infrastructure and increase the program capacity of start-up or established organizations that serve the target demographic. Capacity building requests may include:
It is anticipated that one or two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded this year.
All grant proposals must be received by The Community Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m., March 5, 2018.
A volunteer committee of Ujima Legacy Fund will review requests, conduct site visits with selected organizations in April. Five finalists will be invited to present at a meeting of full membership in May.
The award decision will be finalized through a live vote following the finalist presentations. The award will be announced and celebrated at an annual celebration event in the Spring.