by providing a forum for civic-minded African American men to increase a philanthropic presence and impact in the Metro Richmond community
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About Ujima

The Ujima Legacy Fund is an African American male giving circle.

Ujima Legacy Fund was inspired by conversations in a barbershop and the example of a local postal worker turned philanthropist. Ujima seeks to increase the philanthropic impact of African American men in the Richmond Region. Members each contribute a minimum of $1,100 annually. Since 2013, Ujima has awarded more than $168,000 to deserving nonprofits that empower youth through education related programming.

The Ujima Legacy Fund is an initiative in collaboration with The Community Foundation, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity.

Ujima in the News

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Men who lead | Richmond Free Press | June 11, 2015

Notable Gifts: Ujima Legacy Fund awards two grants of $20K each to support youth programs | Richmond Times Dispatch | May 30, 2015

African American Philanthrophy: RVA's Ujima Legacy Fund Gives Back... | Black Star News | May 11,2014

African American Men and philanthropy | FUNdraising Good Times | May 5, 2014

Ujima Legacy Fund: A New Giving Circle Created by and for African American Men | | June 19, 2013

Erasing poverty through the Ujima Legacy Fund | Richmond Times Dispatch | June 17, 2013



Role of Members

Members can participate as much or as little as they want. You can help with any of the following:

  • New member recruitment
  • Event planning
  • Grant review

  • Contribution

    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.

    Event Snapshot
    Mar: Grant deadline, grant review and site visits
    Apr: Membership payment deadline
    May: Grant award ceremony and business meeting
    Oct: Networking event for returning and prospective members
    Dec: Members-only social event

    Join Ujima

    To contribute your membership funds to Ujima, please use the link above to complete our online form.

    Note: You will be redirected to The Community Foundation website to complete our online membership form.

    Apply for a Grant


    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:

  • Individual religious institutions
  • Private foundations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Individuals or scholarship applicants

  • We also cannot accept applications to support:

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Bridge funding or interim financing
  • Partisan, political or legislative activities
  • Legal expenses
  • Grant Priorities

    Ujima Legacy Fund seeks to support nonprofits that empower youth through education related initiatives. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • After-school and out-of-school time programming
  • Career development
  • College preparation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial literacy
  • Literacy
  • Mentoring
  • Technology training
  • Tutoring

  • 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:

  • Planning activities: e.g., organizational assessments; strategic planning; or business planning for social enterprise
  • Improving financial management or fund development
  • Training for staff and/or volunteers
  • Technology improvements that will have a significant impact on internal efficiency and allow for new ways of doing business
  • Grant Amount

    It is anticipated that one or two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded this year.

    How to Apply
    Application Process:

    All grant proposals must be received by The Community Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m., March 5, 2018.

    Review Process:

    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.

    Selection Process and Announcement:

    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.

    Apply NowNote: You will be redirected to the Community Foundation's Online Grant portal.