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Ujima Legacy Fund

The Ujima Legacy Fund provides a forum for local African American men to increase their philanthropic presence in the Richmond region. One of three giving circles supported by TCF, Ujima enables individuals to combine their resources to create greater impact together.

Background: What inspired Ujima?

Ujima Legacy Fund was created by Robert Dortch, Reginald Gordon and Damon Jiggetts - all active leaders within Richmond's nonprofit sector. They recognized a disparity in that African Americans are often served by their organizations, but rarely represented among their donors. Together, they developed the vision for a giving circle that would raise the level of giving among their peers and help African American men leverage their talents and strengths with others.

Ujima is the third principle of Kwanzaa and it means collective work and responsibility. Learn more about the inspiration for the Ujima Legacy Fund from co-founder Reggie Gordon.

Structure: How does Ujima work?

Members contribute a minimum of $1,100 to participate in an investment pool to be awarded to at least one nonprofit annually through an application process.

Grant Focus: How are grants made?

The Ujima Legacy Fund supports nonprofits whose projects will have a positive impact on youth and young adults (ages 12 to 21 years) in our region, with a particular emphasis on underserved youth populations. Members meet to discuss grant applications and collectively vote on the final grant recipients.

Learn more about how to apply

Membership: How can I join?

Individuals interested in joining Ujima are invited to complete this online form or return this downloadable form.

Members can participate as much or as little as they want. You can help with any of the following:

  • New member recruitment
  • Event planning
  • Grant review

Here is a snapshot of our year:

  • October - Networking event for returning and prospective members
  • December - Members only social event
  • February - Membership payment deadline
  • March - Grant deadline, grant review and site visits
  • May - Grant award ceremony and business meeting

Questions? Contact Lisa O'Mara, Vice President of Philanthropic Services.
804-409-5608 or lpomara@tcfrichmond.org