Who We Are

The African American Leadership Society (AALS) is a dedicated group of givers that inspire powerful philanthropists though leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. We offer a variety of volunteer and networking opportunities for out members throughout the year In addition we support increasing diversity and inclusion in non-profit board service through our enthusiastic sponsorship of Project Inclusion.

AALS members give at a minimum of $1,000 per year or participate in the Step-Up Program which starts at $600 per year. For more information, please contact AALS Director, Andrea Lowe, at the contact information in the sidebar.

For more information, contact Stephanie Glenn at (757) 853-8500 x132 or sglenn@unitedwayshr.org

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About AALS

The African American Leadership Society consists of African American philanthropists who contribute $1,000 or more to United Way of South Hampton Roads. Members have the opportunity to see the impact that their financial support and volunteerism have on community issues.

Throughout our history, African Americans have always embraced a legacy of giving. We give to our churches, social and civic organizations and volunteer our time. For African Americans, the reason for giving is simple; we believe in taking care of one another.

Our Mission: To inspire powerful philanthropists through leadership, fundraising, and advocacy.

Our Vision: Engage philanthropists who use their resources to help resolve issues that are vital to our community through strategic programs supporting education and health.

Expected Outcome: To increase support for initiatives that close gaps in educational attainment and health disparities

Specific Programs and Initiatives: We meet our mission and vision through support for:

  • Mentoring
  • Providing Volunteer Opportunities
  • Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Nonprofit Management

Why Join AALS?

When you become an AALS Member you enjoy great benefits: networking and recognition events, volunteer opportunities and much, much more! Diversity in all its forms is very important to United Way of South Hampton Roads. Your contribution to the African American Leadership Society goes toward improving and sustaining the lives of thousands of individuals and families in the South Hampton Roads community. Your dollars give agencies the ability to provide programs that directly impact individuals within our community and several United Way certified agencies serve 50% or more African American clients.


AALS Step-Up Program

For those individuals not quite ready to join AALS at the $1,000 level, the AALS Step-Up program allows current leadership givers to gradually increase their gift over a period of three years. Step-Up members will make a commitment to increase their United Way gift, giving at least $600 in year one, $800 in year two and $1,000 in year three. Step-Up members are recognized as AALS members and have access to all AALS benefits.

Contact Stephanie Glenn for a personal appointment to learn how you can become involved!

To join AALS or to volunteer

contact Stephanie Glynn

Director, African American Leadership Society

United Way of South Hampton Roads

sglenn@unitedwayshr.org | 757.853.8500 x132

Executive Council

Donna Speller-Turner

AALS Chair, Advantage Business Strategies, Inc.

Ursula Giles

Events Chair, PRA Group

Edith White

Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP)

Melvin Jordan

AALS Vice-Chair, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Sharon Jones-Hayes

Membership Chair, Sentara Healthcare

Ron Young

Dominion Enterprises (Ret.)

Gina Owens

AALS Immediate Past Chair, TowneBank

Sanyika Evans


Kevin Otey

Volunteer Chair, Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP)

Michelle Sanderson

Caplan Law Group

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