Supporting Black-led Organizations

This list is a resource for our community, partners, and fundholders who are interested in supporting Black-led organizations. 

It is critical that we acknowledge how historical inequities, unconscious bias, and other structural obstacles in philanthropy restrict access to capital and capacity-building for Black-led organizations. We also recognize the Arizona Community Foundation's role and responsibility to amplify the important work of these organizations, their leaders, and the communities they serve.

This list highlights Arizona-based organizations led by Black CEOs, executive directors, and board chairs. We have also included organizations that serve Black communities. We understand that this list is by no means a comprehensive guide to all organizations and nonprofits supporting Black communities in our state. Instead, we view this resource as a starting point in recognizing the role Black-led organizations play in building racial justice in our community.

If you are interested in supporting one of these organizations through your existing ACF fund, please login to ACF Connect to give online or call us at 602.381.1400 to connect with your relationship manager.

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100 Black Men of Phoenix

100 Black Men of Phoenix

The Phoenix chapter of 100 Black Men is dedicated to improving the quality of life of African Americans by enhancing educational and economic opportunities through mentorships. Members take an active leadership role in helping minority youth become contributing, competitive, and valued members of society.


Achieving My Purpose

Achieving My Purpose

Works to inform, inspire, and empower women through exposure to successful role models and resources. Offers personal creation and discovery of authentic life plan through guided, in-depth conversations, referral networks, workshops, guest speakers, retreats, conferences, career shadowing, internships, coaching, and mentoring.


Arizona Black Bar Association

Arizona Black Bar Association

A statewide membership of attorneys representing the private and public sector, including municipal, state, and federal judges.


Arizona Center for African American Resources

Arizona Center for African American Resources

Founded in 2007 to improve the life challenges facing African Americans in Arizona and act as a resource for those serving the African American community built on the focus areas of: Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Health and Well-being, Leadership, Political Engagement, and Racial Equity.


Arizona Coalition for Change

Arizona Coalition for Change

Empowers everyday people to transform their community through building civic power, just and equitable schools, and safer neighborhoods. Committed to advocating for lasting progressive public policies that change the dynamics of our communities.


The Arizona Center for Disability Law

The Arizona Center for Disability Law

A nonprofit law firm that assists those with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality. ACDL is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.


Arizona Facts of Life

Arizona Facts of Life

Works to guide young people to success by providing development opportunities that may have not otherwise been accessible. It nurtures young people into realizing their potential and providing them with the knowledge and support to take action so that all youth have the wisdom, support, and opportunities necessary to make positive decisions for their adult life and leave a positive impact on the community.


Arizona Foundation for Women

Arizona Foundation for Women

Works to create a competitive advantage of thought leadership, expertise, responsiveness, relationships, and collaborative spirit. Its approach is a holistic strategy of research, advocacy, and innovative grant-making that is both necessary and practical.


Arizona Guide Right Foundation

Arizona Guide Right Foundation

Dedicated to helping youth and their families through mentoring and educational scholarships. Arizona Guide Right Foundation's goal is to help deserving youth within our community achieve their career goals after high school.


Arizona Humanities

Arizona Humanities

Supports public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona. Its popular lectures and presentations address everything from systemic oppression and the history of policing to how Indigenous American women have contributed service to Arizona and the supply and demand imbalance of water in the state.


Arizona Opportunities and Industrial Center

Arizona Opportunities and Industrial Center

Network of comprehensive employment training programs across the nation. The first OIC was founded in Philadelphia in 1964. From its beginnings in an abandoned jailhouse, OIC has grown into an organization which serves disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans of all races.


Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center

Inspires, educates, and engages curious minds through science. The Center features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a range of interactive online science content, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium, and the five story Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater.


Back to School Clothing Drive

Back to School Clothing Drive

Prepares high-need children throughout Arizona for a successful school year by providing them with new uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies. Distribution events serve four deserving populations: students attending Title I schools, children in foster care, children affected by homelessness and transitional living, and students with parents in the military.


Black Family and Child Services

Black Family and Child Services

Community-based social service agency serving children and families of all ethnic backgrounds since 1984. BFCS is licensed by the State of Arizona to provide Behavioral Health Services and provides adoption and foster care services.


Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix

Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix

Focuses on policy change, health, and education. BLM Metro Phoenix and other grassroots organizations established the Black People’s Justice Fund, which pays bail for people in need.


Black Mothers Forum

Black Mothers Forum

Group of dedicated mothers of Black children coming together to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and stop the bloodshed in the Black community.  


Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix

Black Nurses Association Greater Phoenix Area

Committed to informing and caring for Black communities in Phoenix, BNAGPA is a fighting advocate for the right of people of color to access proper healthcare. They also support Black nurses in the field, especially in the current battle against COVID-19.


Black Phoenix Organizing Collective (BPOC) and the Drinking Gourd Farms

Black Phoenix Organizing Collective (BPOC) and the Drinking Gourd Farms

BPOC builds Black political power in Phoenix, AZ by organizing young, radical, queer, poor, families, formerly incarcerated, and non-binary Black folks, directly impacted by unjust systems. BPOC’s program Drinking Gourd Farms builds a network of Black gardeners and farmers and focuses on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Black people.


Black Theatre Troupe

Black Theatre Troupe

Born out of a need to serve the community during racial tensions in the 1970s, the national celebrated company conducts educational workshops and produces quality plays which reflect the African-American experience and help to illuminate the Black culture and ideology.


Booker T. Washington Child Development Center

Booker T. Washington Child Development Center

Offers a comprehensive Head Start program for 192 preschool children, as well as a preschool program open to children ages 3-5. The programs receive scholarship support from First Things First, a Phoenix Preschool Development Grant, and grants and donations from local corporations and the community.


Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology

Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology

Actively drives the discourse and experiences of underrepresented girls in STEM by owning, generating, and critiquing the collective body of scholarship on, and offering culturally responsive programs for girls of color.


Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Facilitates powerful and informed dialogues and transformative scholarship about issues related to race and democracy. Programs and events feature experts and changemakers, community leaders, scholars, and accomplished professionals who engage with and inspire audiences.


Chandler Men of Action

Chandler Men of Action

Creates an environment of hope and opportunity for African American youth by developing positive self-esteem to become strong influential African American Men with knowledge, pride, spirit, and good character.


Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer

Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer

An organization dedicated to education and outreach and ultimately increasing the survival rates of African Americans diagnosed with breast cancer.


Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation

Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation

Provides positive leadership opportunities for youth including the E.M.P.L.O.Y. After School and Summer Youth Program and Boys Mentorship Program.


Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA)

Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA)

Works to transform the culture of Arizona and cultivate an inclusive community. DLA is one of the premiere Diversity Education organizations in the country, recognized and highly regarded by internationally known diversity thought leaders. It offers a range of strategic learning and engagement opportunities for business and community leaders.


Diana Gregory Outreach Services

Gregory’s Fresh Market (GFM)

A division of Diana Gregory Outreach Services, Gregory's Fresh Market is a one-aisle mobile produce market that operates in senior communities without easy access to healthy food. Through a holistic approach, including community organizing and advocacy, Gregory’s Fresh Market is working to restore meaningful food access and eliminate health disparities in under-resourced communities.


 The Dunbar Tucson

The Dunbar Pavilion

Formerly segregated Lawrence Dunbar Elementary, The Dunbar Pavilion serves as a gathering place for diverse voices and cultures to dialogue about the past and create vision and direction for a more unified future. It currently houses the Dunbar Barber Academy, Barbea Williams Performing Company, Visual and Textile Arts of Tucson, Tucson Black Film Club, Tucson Slide Society, Kore Press, and IDEA School.


East Valley NAACP

East Valley NAACP

This chapter is part of a worldwide network of 2,200 branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was chartered in 1963 and has served the East Valley as a champion of social justice for more than 48 years.


Elevate MeD

Elevate MeD

Provides scholarships, mentoring, and support to medical students from African-American/Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds.


Family Tree Healthcare

Family Tree Healthcare

Focuses on the unique circumstances of women of color who face issues related to domestic violence. The organization's goal is to enhance society's understanding of and ability to end domestic violence in the minority and low-income community. Within this context, Family Tree Healthcare works primarily with the African American and Native American communities.


Father Matters

Father Matters

A community development organization, committed to building stronger, healthier communities by supporting, encouraging, and enlightening fathers and families.


 The Fortitude Now Foundation

The Fortitude Now Foundation

Improves the lives of the underserved through the promotion of physical and mental health, social, economic, and political responsibility, and ensuring access to quality education through exposure, engagement, fundraising, and scholarship.


Future Stars

Future Stars

Created to help students reach their full potential in academics and athletics. The organization supports students with mentoring, financial awareness, training, and school-related resources that are often stumbling blocks for school advancement.


George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

The historical preservation site is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation, study, and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent in Arizona. Its exhibitions, archives/collections, and community education programs explore the roles of African-derived Americans in shaping the history of Phoenix and the state of Arizona.


Greater Huachuca Area Branch NAACP

Greater Huachuca Area Branch NAACP

Works toward the mission of securing the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.


Greater Phoenix Urban League

Greater Phoenix Urban League

Supports minorities and those in need in achieving economic and social equality through programs in economic empowerment, housing, education, civic engagement, and health and wellness.


Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals

Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals

Established in 2005, its mission is to serve as a vehicle for individuals ages 21-40 to become active in the community while navigating their way through the corporate, political, and entrepreneurial spectrum.


Hope’s Crossing

Hope’s Crossing

Founded in 2010 to meet the needs of women in transition from prisons, addictions, or homelessness to a life of work, family, and community. Hope’s Crossing offers job skills training, housing assistance and, most importantly, a program of emotional support geared toward creating a new belief system that promotes whole and healthy living.


The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

Provides transitional housing for women in need, while promoting and enforcing a clean, sober living environment. It also offers referrals and enrichment services including life skills training classes.


Hustle PHX

Hustle PHX

Assisting entrepreneurs with the key resources needed to sustain their own businesses.


 I AM YOU 360™

I AM YOU 360™

Since 2014, the organization has been serving the most vulnerable, including homeless and foster care youth through a holistic, unique, and innovative approach to “remove the band-aid” of this national and local crisis. It provides customized and personalized services and programs for 2,000 youth in Pima County.


Lights Camera Discover

Lights Camera Discover

As part of an ongoing effort to give youth a voice through media arts, LCD offers an ongoing program to train local youth in digital storytelling and animation productions while combating bullying and improving self-esteem.


 International Jazz Day Foundation

International Jazz Day Foundation

Works to promote the virtues of jazz education, provides low-cost housing to creative artists, and provides cultural enrichment like International Jazz Day AZ. Its Next Student Academy offers kindergarten through college students access to musical instruments, music lessons, and performance opportunities.


Maricopa County NAACP

Maricopa County NAACP

Since 1919, the Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP has been fulfilling the promise of equal rights for all people by fighting for and addressing civil rights issues in Maricopa County. The vision of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and to eradicate racial hatred or racial discrimination.


Mass Liberation Project-Arizona

Mass Liberation Arizona

Launched in 2019 to bolster the growing movement to end mass incarceration and abolish the criminal legal system as we know it.


Million Dollar Teacher Project

Million Dollar Teacher Project

Works to elevate the teaching profession through increased recognition, compensation, and support. Its vision is to create a world where every student is taught by a highly-trained, qualified, understanding, and engaged teacher. MDTP develops community-centered, grassroots approaches to create more cost-effective and sustainable ways of improving the teaching profession, schools, and the education system.


NAACP Tucson

NAACP Tucson

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metro Phoenix

National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metro Phoenix

NCBW Phoenix is a proactive, non-partisan, civic-minded organization focused on driving systemic change through political/legislative advocacy and community collaboration to enhance the lives of women and girls of African descent within the Phoenix Metropolitan community.


Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation

Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation

Raises and awards funds to programs that advance leadership development, encourage academic excellence, improve health, support those in need, and educate about the value of philanthropy. Events and programs include the Fashionetta Scholarship Breakfast, Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Fair, Global Assistance Initiative, Health Forums, and Youth Development Programs.


Phoenix Local Organizing Committee

Phoenix Local Organizing Committee

Brings the African American community together as a collective with a focus on impacting justice, health, food security, arts and culture.


Project Roots AZ

Project Roots AZ

The Phoenix-based organization focuses on ways to educate the community about growing their own food through various educational programs. It supports those experiencing homelessness with meals from its local community gardens and mobile kitchen services. Project Roots also offers seasonal produce bag delivery services.


Archer-Ragsdale Chapter Tuskegee Airmen

Archer-Ragsdale Chapter Tuskegee Airmen

Its mission is to preserve, honor, and promote the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen's accomplishments in education, military aviation, and self-determination through the Youth Motivational Programs. Its scholarship fund at the Arizona Community Foundation supports STEM education and careers.


 Ready, Set, Go Foundation

Ready, Set, Go Foundation

Provides underserved, women, and veteran entrepreneurs with the tools to educate, empower, and execute business ownership. Established in 2014, the RSG Foundation provides a five-week training program with mentors and insights from successful leaders who are running their own businesses.


Rehoboth Community Development Corporation

Rehoboth Community Development Corporation

Exists to create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities that impact and build intergenerational prosperity within Urban Phoenix and Canyon Corridor Neighborhoods (I-17 to 43rd Ave and Indian School to Dunlap Roads) in partnership with stakeholders to improve the quality of life for low-to-moderate income people.


 Refugees and Immigrants Community for Empowerment (RICE)

Refugees and Immigrants Community for Empowerment (RICE)

Assists new refugees in the Phoenix Metropolitan area in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency and integration by providing education, advocacy, and empowerment programs. RICE strengthens the refugee community by closing service gaps that remain after the initial 90-day resettlement serve period.


 Resilient Me

ResilientMe

Properly prepares youth to successfully transition out of foster care and into adult life. ResilientMe provides fun, interactive, and engaging workshops to assist individuals in increasing their resiliency, which enables them to have a more productive, healthy life. Certified Clinical Trauma Specialists facilitate each one-hour long, ten-week workshop to participating youths. The programming currently reaches approximately 200 youths in foster care.


The Sierra Vista Dream Center

Sierra Vista Dream Center

The Sierra Vista Dream Center works to partner and network with already-established local outreach programs, individuals already working within the city, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and foundations to reach broken, lost, and hurting people to meet basic and greatest needs.


 Sounds AcademySounds Academy

Gives instruments and weekly instruction to 150 students through its Community and Strings Programs. They have served over 8,000 students through the Musical Access Program. They do this through outreach programs that focus on teaching the values of creativity, leadership, perseverance, resilience, and teamwork through music education.


The Southside Community Association and The Murdoch Center

The Southside Community Association and The Murdoch Center

Serves the Southside Neighborhood in Flagstaff, AZ. The Murdoch Center offers a large meeting hall for clubs, organizations, city/neighborhood meetings, as well as private parties. The Murdoch Center is an inter-generational and multicultural center reflecting the different cultures represented in the Southside.


Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers

Its charitable and educational mission is to save and restore The Mountain View Colored Officers’ Club. It also researches all aspects of Black men and women in the service of our nation during the time of segregation and informs the general public of the historical significance of the Buffalo Soldiers.


Sphinx Educational FundSphinx Educational Fund

Raises and awards scholarship funds to support postsecondary education for deserving youth across Arizona. It also recognizes and awards Arizona community stalwarts who demonstrate leadership and excellence in the community in a way that honors the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.


ResourcesStrong Ties

Strong Ties provides Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) tools to under-resourced youth and empowers them to become innovative, engaged, and thoughtful. The organization uses support of kind individuals, organizations, and community leaders to develop programs, provide culturally-centric educational materials, education research, and create global exchange programs for cultivating empathy and compassion.


The Tadini House

The Tadini House

Offers re-entry support to men in metro Phoenix who were formerly incarcerated, assisting them through challenges as they transition back into society.


Tanner Community Development Corporation

Tanner Community Development Corporation

Preserves family life by connecting with the community to improve lives through meeting spiritual, economical, educational, health, and housing needs.


Tiger Mountain Foundation

Tiger Mountain Foundation

Empowers people by building flourishing community gardens and providing job skills, support, and workforce development through neighborhood revitalization and beautification with multi-ethnic and multi-generational initiatives.


Tucson Urban League

Tucson Urban League

Dedicated to providing underprivileged families and individuals with a wealth of life enrichment services to reduce poverty and provide financial empowerment to those who need it most. Services include educational seminars and workshops, vocational training opportunities, after-school programs and activities for children, and much more.


Arizona Center for African American Resources

UPI Loan Fund

The UPI Loan Fund provides personal loans to help individuals and families take advantage of opportunities and serves as a financial buffer during times of need.


 Valedictorian Project

Valedictorian Project

Provides interactive reads, workshops, and homework help lines to empower K-8 students with the tools and inspiration they need to exceed and even become valedictorians.


Village 360

Village 360

Provides personal services like transportation, minor home repair services, and food delivery for cancer patients.


West Valley Arts

West Valley Arts Vision and Sound Program 

An educational experience and environment that broadens the understanding and appreciation of African American art, music, and literary works. Supports prominent, professional artists of African descent too often unrecognized in the West Valley and Greater Phoenix communities.


West Valley NAACP

West Valley NAACP

The mission of the WV-NAACP is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.


The Women’s Economic Institute

The Women’s Economic Institute

Working to advance income security, opportunity, and economic sustainability for women and girls. Provides policy, technical assistance, and workforce readiness/training to close the pay and wealth equity gap for communities of color. Convener of the Phoenix Black Women's Equal Pay Forum. Launched the Black COVID Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Youth World Education Project

Youth World Education Project

A collection of child-focused, evidence-based programs that aim to build and strengthen the family unit by bridging the gap between parental involvement, education, and workforce development.


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