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The Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund

The Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund

The Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund was established by the Committee for Nurturing Ministries and approved by Central Committee in 2019. Mahala Ashley Dickerson was an African-American attorney who was admitted to the bars of Alabama, Indiana, and Alaska in the 1950s, often the first African-American woman to be admitted, and was a founding member of Alaska Friends Conference.                   

The Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund is intended to benefit our Ministry on Racism. It provides broad support for anti-racism work, including defraying the cost of People of Color’s registration fees for FGC-sponsored meetings and other activities, as well as supporting program development and staffing. The funds cannot be used for travel costs as the Bayard Rustin Fund is specifically intended for that use. To ensure mutual accountability and to help our discernment process, all individuals requesting grants are required to fill out a budget in the application form that fully details the amount of grant requested and how the funds received will be spent.

An application for the Mahala Ashley Dickerson fund will be posted on this page as soon as it is available.

This fund can be supported through legacy gifts and immediate donations. (To donate directly to the fund online, go to FGC's donate page and select "Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund" from the dropdown menu. The Mahala Ashley Dickerson Fund serves as a companion and complement to the Bayard Rustin Fund. The fund is administered by a committee made up of members of CNM.