Associated Black Charities (ABC) 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.

Three decades later, ABC is still advocating for people of color in Maryland. ABC is 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, ABC continues to raise funds to address the widening wealth gap of African Americans and other persons of color in the Baltimore region by addressing structural racism.

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


Our Mission: Associated Black Charities 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.

Our Vision: Associated Black Charities is advocating and facilitating the creation of measurably healthier and more prosperous communities through responsible leadership and philanthropic investment throughout the State of Maryland by:

  • Incorporating an equity lens in both policy and workforce development.
  • Working with policy makers, civic and institutional leaders and advocates to influence policy decisions at the city and state levels.
  • Supporting equitable workforce development practices by partnering with employers.
  • Long-term investment to achieve population-level outcomes.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Associated Black Charities Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction, leadership, and daily operations. The CEO focuses on operational strategy, program management, and stewardship of external relationships to maximize fundraising with a commitment to combatting systemic racism and creating a more equitable community in the state of Maryland and beyond. The CEO works collaboratively with the Board of Directors to execute a highly strategic vision and facilitate relationships with key donors.



DEI PracticeOur Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advises our clients to operationalize DEI and position our content and educational opportunities to help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector. See the full statement.