22 Jun The African American Alliance Fund
Founded by OCCF’s Executive Vice President & COO, Tammy Tumbling, the mission of the African American Alliance Fund is to raise awareness about systemic racism and support programs that advance African Americans within Orange County and surrounding communities. Inspired by her own personal experiences, Tammy’s vision is for this fund to create a bridge to the African American community through philanthropy and engagement.
The African American Alliance Fund is one of many tools to advance our work for racial justice and equity. It is the first of a lasting commitment to investing in the promise and potential of our diverse communities.
To learn more about Tammy’s personal experiences and motivations for starting the Fund, read this Orange County Register feature article: Fund For The Future.
“During a time of much social injustice in African American communities and with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, I believe it’s a time to go beyond what I’ve done in the past. I was inspired to set up something that can provide others an opportunity to help support the African American community in a thoughtful and deliberate way. This is an opportunity to be part of the solution – to help bridge people of different backgrounds to a common cause.” – Tammy Tumbling
Meet Our Grantees
We are thrilled to announce that grants have been awarded from the African American Alliance Fund. A review committee was assembled to review select proposals for funding based on the priority areas of education, health, human services, economic development and civic engagement. To date, four organizations have been selected for grants.
100 Black Men of Orange County strives to empower the African American community by providing focused, effective, participatory leadership. Their grant will support their Passport to the Future program, which serves African American males from 6th through 12th grade, providing mentorship, cultural appreciation and college preparation with an emphasis on STEM.
The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation was founded more than 20 years ago to close health disparities in cancer care for Black patients but has pivoted amid the movement for social justice and fair representation toward Census outreach. Their grant will support continued efforts to ensure that African American citizens complete the Census and understand its role in securing funding for healthcare, education, job training, public transportation and more.
Community Action Partnership OC works to enhance the quality of life in Orange County by eliminating and preventing the causes and effects of poverty. Their grant will support a civic engagement initiative in partnership with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity intended to increase voter participation and empower underrepresented communities to make a difference.
National Society of Black Engineers (California State University Fullerton and University of Irvine Chapters) aims to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.