SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH
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 | blacksgiveback.com | June 19, 2013

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

UJIMA MEMBERSHIP

JOIN US TODAY IN SUPPORTING OUR RVA YOUTH

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

    Eligibility

    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.