AAPA is a giving circle that is comprised of individuals and businesses committed to addressing the societal ills facing the African American community.


  • Educate members about the benefits of collective philanthropy
  • Increase awareness of local needs in West Virginia
  • Make investments in organizations that are directly impacting African American children, youth, and families
  • Create a legacy of giving among African Americans as an effective vehicle for social impact and change

A giving circle is formed when a group of people come together to pool their money, decide where to give that money, and learn about needs in their community.

In addition to pooling money, members contribute their time and talents to significantly contribute to the causes they care about.

Grant Information

AAPA will provide grants for organizations serving African American children, youth, and families in West Virginia.

The 2016 African American Philanthropy in Action (AAPA) grant application is now available.

2016 AAPA Grant Application


AAPA held a workshop on How to Apply for a Grant.

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The 2016 Jazz and Jambalaya Brunch is now an official FestivALL event.

This Cajun-inspired brunch has become AAPA’s signature event and the perfect venue to celebrate with the entire family.

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The Giving Back Project:

The Giving Back Project: Reframing Portraits of Philanthropy was presented on February 18, 2016.   Ms. Valaida Fullwood, author of the book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, led a panel discussion and hosted a multimedia art exhibit, “The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited “ in the Davis Fine Arts Building on WVSU’s campus.

AAPA is in the news

The African American Philanthropy In Action hosted a Jazz & Jambalaya Father’s Day Brunch at the Clay Center June 21, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

The AAPA has established a Donor-Advised Fund with The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

For more information or to make a gift, please contact Melvin Jones, AAPA President & Founding Member, at Melvin@wvaapa.org or tgkvf@tgkvf.org

African Philanthropy In Action 2014 – 2016 Biennial Report

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