Members of AALS have a deep commitment to supporting minorities and giving back to the community. For AALS membership, an annual gift of at least $1,000 can be made through the workplace campaign or through an individual donation. AALS also offers a step-up program which allows participants to gradually increase their gift from $600 to $1,000 over three years while enjoying full membership and recognition in 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.


AALS donors share affinities for philanthropy, leadership and service, and are striving to positively impact our community by increasing the number of African American philanthropists making good things happen in South Hampton Roads.

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Thank you for your generous donation to The United Way of South Hampton Roads.

The United Way Team


  • Exclusive invitations to member events and volunteer opportunities

  • Opportunities to network with top executives from leading companies and minority business owners at member receptions and events

  • Waived tuition for the award-winning Project Inclusion 13-week Board Governance Leadership and Development Program (cost $125) 

  • Recognition in United Way publications

  • Subscription to member newsletter to keep up with relevant news and events

About the African American Leadership Society

Established in 2007, AALS engages and unites more than 500 professionals with shared affinities for making a difference locally through leadership giving and volunteer service. AALS also partners with companies in the region to strengthen workplace diversity. With more than $226,000 given through annual workplace campaigns and over $18,000 infused into the community through our Endowment Fund, AALS is helping change the odds in South Hampton Roads.

“Don’t think of it as just a pledge but as a promise to the community, as an investment into making a difference.” Donna Speller Turner

2018 AALS Chair

Cabinet Members

Donna Speller Turner

2018 Chair | Advantage Business Strategies

Barbara Hamm Lee


Sharon Jones-Hayes

Sentara Healthcare

Edith White


Sanyika Evans


Tom Hasty


Kevin Otey


Ursula Giles

PRA Group

Iris James

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Gina Owens


Stephanie Gordon

Foodbank of Southeast Virginia

Mark Johnson

SunTrust Bank

Michelle Sanderson


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