To promote the delivery of quality health and human services to African Americans through a system of voluntary community-based organizations.
About the Organization:
Associated Black Charities is a federation of eighteen member agencies that deliver services to disadvantaged African Americans throughout New York City. The umbrella organization supports its members through annual grants — a total of $5 million since its inception — and technical assistance for program development and management efficiency. Member agencies provide numerous services, including meals for the elderly, shelter for the homeless, medical and mental health services, emergency food and shelter, protective care for children and families at risk, counseling, and rehabilitation for substance abusers. They also offer enrichment programs such as day care, senior activities, after-school tutoring and leadership training for youth, and career counseling.
The Black History Makers Awards, the organization's biggest initiative, has been held annually at the beginning of February — Black History Month — for the past twenty years to honor outstanding African Americans and people of African descent for professional achievements and personal service. In 2001, the organization established the annual William H. and Camille O. Cosby Philanthropic Award to recognize individuals who most exemplify the Cosbys' philosophy of philanthropy in their efforts to improve education and health and human services for less fortunate African Americans; the award includes a cash grant to fund a study or project.
Associated Black Charities' Web site provides a list of member agencies and the services they offer, a video gallery, and photographs of the past winners of the Black History Makers Awards, including 2006 honorees.
Associated Black Charities is supported by fundraising activities, primarily the Black History Makers Awards dinner.