Associated black charities

Mission Statement

ABC, as a public foundation, works across Maryland as an educator, advocate and supporter to eliminate race-based structural barriers and advance long-term solutions that create new opportunities for African Americans to thrive financially and build a stronger economy for all.


Associated Black Charities was founded in 1985 to represent and respond to issues of special significance to Maryland’s African American communities. Concerned that needs within these communities were not being adequately addressed, a group of area ministers and businessmen came together. They envisioned an organization that would raise and distribute funds in support of efforts that targeted the needs specific to African Americans in Maryland. As a result, ABC was born with a $100,000 planning grant from the United Way, three staff members, a dedicated Board of Directors, and a cadre of volunteers and donors committed to giving their time, talent and resources to making a difference in Maryland communities.

Three decades later, we are still advocating for people of color in Maryland. We are leading the charge to close the wealth gaps that put so many African American families at a disadvantage in achieving the American dream. With the investment of individual donors, corporations, foundations and other public and private funds, we continue to raise and distribute funds to meet the current and emerging needs of African American communities throughout the state of Maryland.

We will continue to focus on economic equity because we believe that ultimately the outcomes benefit all Marylanders. We will push for systemic investments and innovative data driven strategies; we will influence and galvanize other organizations; and we will build the capacity of community-based organizations and nonprofits that are in pursuit of the same goal.

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