In 2012, six couples in Columbus, Indiana began the African American Fund of Bartholomew County (AAFBC). As part of Heritage Fund—The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, the AAFBC sponsors discussions and issues grants in five focus areas: health awareness, education, arts and culture, economic/career development, and leadership development.
“We wanted to support events and programs that help raise awareness about African-Americans and their contributions to the local community,” explained Tom Harmon, CEO of Harmon Group Companies, which includes Harmon Construction, Harmon Steel, and Taylor Bros Construction Inc.
“For example, we’ve collaborated with other organizations to bring in African-American performing artists for concerts, and we have worked with artists to feature their art in community spaces. We’ve provided scholarship support to African-American kids going to college, and supported leadership development programs and networking activities.