African American Leadership Council

African American Leadership Council is a network of engaged leaders who seek to harness the power of black philanthropy and leverage resources to improve our community through the mission of Trident United way.

Join the Trident United Way African American Leadership Council for the Sixth Annual Book Drive -now extended to May 21st!

From March 2nd -May 21st, the AALC will be collecting books to benefit Tri-County students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Books can purchased directly through a teacher-selected Amazon list using the link below. For your convenience, books will be delivered directly to the Trident United Way office. 

If you prefer to drop off new or gently used books, please do so at one of our partner sites listed below:

 South State Bank, 2440 Mall Drive, Charleston 29406

South State Bank, 1995 Magwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29414

Order of Eastern Star, 1001 King Street, Charleston, SC 29406


For a pdf version of a flyer containing the above information, click here!


AALC Chair Sonia Hanson shares why the book drive is such an important event in our community!


AALC Lunch & Learn: Brown Bag Edition

Thank you to everyone who attended the AALC Lunch & Learn: Brown Bag Edition! The discussion, focused on mental health, was led by experts Yolanda Sanders, Karen Oliver and Sonya Jenkins who provided insights into mental health issues, coping strategies and resources available in the community. 

Missed the webinar? You can watch the discussion in its entirety in the video below!



AALC Fifth Annual Book Drive

The AALC collected 650 books from individuals, businesses and organizations during their Fifth Annual Book Drive this year! Although the books couldn't be distributed to students in classrooms, volunteers set up distribution centers at local supermarkets to provide books to students from E.B. Ellington Elementary School in Ravenel. We loved seeing the smiles from kids who may not otherwise have books to read this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this possible!


Our Vision:

• We work to solve pressing community issues through Trident United Way’s education, financial stability and heath programs.
• We support Trident United Way with our time, talent and treasure, using our experiences and our voices to make a difference for our neighbors.
• We network and educate to increase our capacity and strengthen our collective ability to create change.

Trident United Way African American Leadership Council consists of African American philanthropists who contribute $1,000 or more to Trident United Way. Members have unique opportunities to see the impact that their financial support and volunteerism have on community issues.

AALC Step-Up Program

For those individuals not quite ready to invest in Trident United Way at the $1,000 level, the AALC Step-Up program allows donors to gradually increase their gift over a period of three years. Step-Up members will make a commitment to increase their Trident United Way gift, giving at least $500 in year one, $750 in year two and $1,000 in year three. Step-Up members are recognized as full AALC members and have access to all AALC benefits.

Danielle Hardee shares why she is a member of the African American Leadership Council

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Steering Committee 2020-2021


For more information, or to join Trident United Way African American Leadership Council, contact Amy Maciariello at (843) 740-7739 or