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African American Community Fund

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Father and son, Ernest E. and Ernest A. Bynum, have long been passionate about supporting African American and other minority communities in Appalachian Ohio. The pair co-founded the Minority Business Resource Network of Southeast Ohio to increase the diversity of the region’s business community. Now, they are continuing their advocacy with a new effort to grow resources dedicated to serving Appalachian Ohio’s African American communities, founding the African American Community Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

As of 2017, over 86,000 African American individuals were living in communities throughout Appalachian Ohio. Appalachian Ohio’s history has been shaped in significant ways by its African American population. Among countless examples, African Americans played a critical role in making Appalachian Ohio a major hub of the Underground Railroad, and also shaped the region’s musical and cultural history, including through the development of bluegrass music.

Now, the African American Community Fund has been established at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to serve African American communities throughout Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties.

The Fund will serve as a vehicle for African American individuals throughout the region to invest in and support their communities by promoting dialogue and connections to create racial harmony, and by supporting and enhancing initiatives in Appalachian Ohio’s African American communities that strengthen not only African American populations in the region, but entire communities.

To help the African American Community Fund grow its ability to support Appalachian Ohio’s African American communities with grants each and every year, mail your donation to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764 and designate the African American Community Fund. Gifts can also be made online here by selecting the African American Community Fund when donating.

For more information about the African American Community Fund and how you can give to support the Fund, contact the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio at 740.753.1111 or info@ffao.org.