About Us

African American Leadership Council of United Way’s mission is to positively impact the African American community by advocating effective initiatives through strategic partnerships, leadership development and volunteerism. Our current focus is to advance education, financial stability and health in our community.

We are a diverse group of corporate, professional and nonprofit community leaders. As volunteers, our responsibility is to provide commitment, passion and a sense of purpose to propel our group to drive impact and overcome obstacles. We are proud to give our time, energy and financial resources to build a stronger community.


Membership Benefits

When you join African American Leadership Council of United Way you’ll become connected to like-minded, compassionate professionals all working towards the same goal of improving our community. In addition, members get exclusive access to quarterly professional and leadership development Lunch with Leaders events and annual conferences, featuring topics such as:

  • Accountability: Finding your Passion and Taking Action
  • Navigating a Road to Healthy Work-Life Balance
  • Understanding Issues in Our Community
  • Bridging the Generational Gap

Membership also opens up leadership and volunteer opportunities through our board and committees, along with connecting our members to positive community change initiatives by supporting African American Leadership Council’s important signature programs, Real Men READ-y and The Minority Collegiate Scholarship program. Join African American Leadership Council by donating $250 or more to United Way.

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Real Men READ-y

Real Men READ-y is a reading program that pairs African American male professionals with African American boys in grades K-1, in an effort to improve literacy and build relationships. Mentors not only serve as reading instructors, but life instructors. Since 2015, 1,403 reading sessions have taken place between reading mentors and mentees. In fact, 80% of teachers agree the MENtors make significant differences in the lives of mentees. Read more about the impact of Real Men READ-y on our Change Maker Blog.

Through the generous support of African American Leadership Council of United Way and donor designations, $30,000 has been invested in Real Men READ-y program funding over the last three years.

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Minority Collegiate Scholarships

In partnership with The University of Toledo’s Brothers on the Rise and Multicultural Emerging Scholars programs, African American Leadership Council of United Way awards two to three male students a one-time $1,000 College Scholarship. Priority is given to students with at least 20 credit hours, a cumulative UT GPA of 2.75, and who have participated with Brothers on the Rise—a volunteer-based association of African American and Latino faculty, graduate students and staff at The University of Toledo established to help UT address the low retention and graduation rate of African American and Latino male students.

For more information, email us at: africanamericancouncil@unitedwaytoledo.org