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Amandla Fund for Economic and Racial Justice

The Amandla (pronounced ah-MOND-la) Fund was created by Richmond's Black giving circles SisterFund and Ujima Legacy Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation, to mobilize long-term investments that will strengthen the Black community and achieve economic and racial justice.

It is only fitting, then, that the fund derives its name from the Nguni word for "power and strength” and was a popular rallying cry in the days of resistance against apartheid, used by the African National Congress and its allies in South Africa.

View the 2022 Amandla Fund Report

Initial Focus Areas

Through extensive research, consultation with national experts, and strategic planning, the Amandla Fund has identified two initial areas of focus that will boost Black economic mobility in Greater Richmond:

  • Priority #1: Increase Black Homeownership

    Sustainable homeownership has been proven to be a highly effective route to building wealth and intergenerational economic mobility. Amandla Fund supports efforts to increase homeownership opportunities for Black families.
  • Priority #2: Expand Black Leadership

    Supporting Black-led and Black-serving organizations* offers a proven path to increasing equity and opening opportunities for employment. Amandla Fund supports initiatives to train, mentor, and increase African Americans in nonprofit leadership roles.

*Organizations with a majority Black Board of Directors, executive leadership and/or staff, and that primarily serve Black people. Source: ABFE

This initiative aligns with the narrative and recommendations of the Giving Black®: Greater Richmond study. Click here to learn more about Giving Black®.

How to Give

The Amandla Fund accepts charitable gifts in a number of ways. By supporting us, you can help change lives, close opportunity gaps and help launch a tide of enduring Black generational wealth. If you are interested in donating and joining our cause, please see your options below.

  1. To give online, click below:
  2. To donate by check, please make your check payable to "Community Foundation" with "the Amandla Fund" in the memo field and mail to our secure lockbox:

    Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
    P.O. Box 716495
    Philadelphia, PA 19171-6495
  3. To recommend a grant from your donor advised fund:

Login to the Fund Advisor Portal and submit a grant recommendation. Select the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond as the grantee and enter Amandla Fund for the grant purpose.  


Fund Leaders

Amandla Fund Leadership

Jovan Burton, Partnership for Housing Affordability

Robert Dortch Jr., Philanthropy Southeast Board of Trustees

Stephanie Glenn, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond

Greta Harris, Better Housing Coalition

Derrick Johnson, Ujima Legacy Fund

Dr. Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council

Dr. Kevin Pinkston, Consumer Insights

Evette Roots, Wells Fargo

Joeffrey Trimmingham, Philip Reese

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