African American Philanthropy in Action (AAPA)

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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.

Visit the WV Hebert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs here, for the application to be considered for a positon on WV Boards and Commissions

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 closed


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

Jazz & Jambalaya Father’s Day Celebration

June 18th, 2017

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Haddad Riverfront Park, Charleston WV

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Students attend free ‘Hidden Figures’ screening

On January 14, 2017 AAPA and the Charleston-Institute Chapter, of the Links, Incorporated played host to over 600 students and their families from across the area for a private screening of “Hidden Figures” at the Park Place Cinemas in Charleston, WV. Read more about the event at The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

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 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 or

African Philanthropy In Action 2014 – 2016 Biennial Report

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