Become an AAP Member to Impact Your Community

African American Partnership's Impact Across Greater Atlanta is Far-Reaching.



Twenty years ago, a small group of Black leaders had the desire to make United Way of Greater Atlanta’s face of donors more reflective of the demographics in Greater Atlanta. In response, AAP committed itself to addressing the needs of African-American communities in the areas of health, achievement gaps, under employment and beyond. Today, under the new banner of African-American Partnership, AAP continues to improve outcomes for children, families and communities by transforming the academic outlook for African-American young boys and males to help reach their fullest potential.

  • 2000-2003


    2000 – 2003

    • Johnnetta B. Cole, Conchita W. Robinson and Charles Stephens join forces to convene African-American leaders to positively impact the Greater Atlanta community. That undertaking is referred to as the African-American Initiative (AAI).
    • Cole gives 50 speeches in the community about the newly formed African-American Initiative in its first year of existence.
    • AAI doubles the number of Tocqueville Society level members from 19 to 38. More than 200 join at the Cole Society level.
    • The Coca-Cola Company sponsors the first of three “Blue Light in the Basement Party” to build grassroots community support for United Way.
    • AAI holds its first signature cause event, centered around AIDS awareness.
  • 2004-2007


    2004 – 2007

    • African-American Initiative changes its name to the African-American Partnership in order to reflect the long-term goals of the organization.
    • AAP commits to raising $120,000 over two years in order to sponsor two different United Way Youth Initiatives: the Youth Individual Development Account and Summer Internship Programs. These would be the first of many programs focusing on Greater Atlanta’s youth.
    • AAP engages the faith-based community through Dr. Kenneth Lee Samuel and several participating churches, raising $15,000 during Sunday Services.
    • AAP engages 300+ individuals at annual AAP kick-off at the Atlanta Life Building, featuring national speaker, David Steward, CEO of World Wide Technology.
  • 2008-2011


    2008 – 2011

    • Comcast sponsors AAP member events around Atlanta to boost networking opportunities for members.
    • AAP grows to almost 600 leadership level members.
    • AAP hosts informative Black History Month events with special guests: Ambassador Theodore (Ted) Britton, Jr., a Montford Point Marine and a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, and John Thomas (J.T.) Johnson, a Civil Rights activist and participant of the St. Augustine Movement of 1964.
    • AAP continues to support AIDS awareness with a Member’s Brunch before the Annual AIDS Walk.
    • AAP members sort and pack food and supplies during flood relief at MUST Ministries.
    • AAP hosts the Back-to-School Health Fair at Good Samaritan Health Center Atlanta.
    • AAP hosts “AAP for a Healthy Community” reception at the W Hotel, featuring Dr. Christopher Edwards and Jovita Moore.
    • In collaboration with the East Point Summer Safety initiative, AAP develops and implements CHILL (Children’s Health Initiative for Learning and Leading) – a program that empowers girls to live thriving lives centered on health, wellness, and leadership.
    • AAP launches AAP Connections – a series of bimonthly networking receptions held at African-American owned venues and sponsored by Comcast.
  • 2012-2015


    2012 – 2015

    • AAP introduces the first year of AAP Champions – a cohort of well-respected C-Suite leaders who guide AAP’s efforts and champion the cause in and outside their companies.
    • Volunteers host a Back-to-School event at the Good Samaritan Clinic that zeroes in on healthy eating habits and diabetes awareness.
    • Annual AIDS walk continues.
    • AAP begins annual AAP luncheons during Black History Month; the first one was “Celebrating the Heroes Among Us”, a fireside chat with a trailblazing Montford Point Marine and Civil Rights activist.
    • AAP hosts “AAP Sunday Brunch: Empowering the Next Generation.”
    • AAP collaborates with YPL to host “United Way Night with the Hawks,” which included a panel discussion with industry leaders about careers in sports and entertainment, plus discounted tickets to the Hawks vs. Heat game.
    • AAP team participates in HBCU 5K Run/Walk.
    • AAP begins collaborating with various corporate employee resource groups and professional associations, including UPS and National Black MBA Association of Atlanta.
  • 2016-2020


    2016 – 2020

    • AAP delivers books to select after-school programs, launching the Build A Library program.
    • The first AAP Leadership Luncheon raises funds for the Build A Library program.
    • Build A Library program evolves into Powering the Potential. AAP makes funding available to promote academic achievement through STEM projects.
    • AAP members are now offered professional development events and business resource group events twice a year.
    • AAP offers Mentoring Our Youth events to members and funding recipients to increase mentoring opportunities.
    • AAP Leadership Luncheon becomes the largest signature event in the history of United Way of Greater Atlanta.
    • Powering the Potential grows to 6 Build A Library sites, serving more than 430 youth multiple times a week, year-round.

Become an AAP Member to Impact Your Community


For 20 years, individuals, corporate employees, entrepreneurs and civic leaders have relied on AAP as their trusted philanthropic partner to improve the lives of children and families throughout Greater Atlanta. Today, AAP and its 1,000+ members focus on powering the potential of African-American boys and young men by transforming their academic outlook, helping them reach their full potential.



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