The NAACP Foundation supports the mission of NAACP by raising funds and promoting philanthropy to sustain civil rights and social justice advocacy.
The NAACP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity, supports our civil rights and social justice work by raising funds and promoting philanthropy. The Foundation Board oversees our Empowerment Programs, generating essential support for NAACP efforts, including ACT-SO, increasing economic opportunity and education, and fighting for environmental climate justice, equitable healthcare, and voting rights.
The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees. One-third of the trustees is elected annually to serve three-year terms. Officers are elected annually for a one-year term. Trustees represent 15 states across the nation and are accomplished leaders in the public and private sectors who are committed to NAACP's mission and vision.
NAACP General Counsel Robert L. Carter conducted the research, developed the strategy, and crafted the legal documents to establish the NAACP Special Contribution Fund (SCF) in 1957, now known as the NAACP Foundation.
The NAACP Board of Directors approved the creation of SCF to maintain funding for legal and educational work on June 10, 1963, to be directed by a Board of Trustees elected by the Board.
The group's work expanded in 2017, when SCF transition into the NAACP Foundation to help increase our fundraising base and to more effectively pursue and expand our goals for the 21st century and beyond. The Board has played a pivotal role in key fundraising campaigns, including our Founders Week Sustainer Campaign and the 2021 Advancing the Black Agenda campaign. Over the last several years, NAACP Foundation trustees have raised over $30 million dollars.