April 24, 2014

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The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors: Amina Dickerson.

Amina J. Dickerson draws on a wealth of leadership experience over a 35 year career in the non-profit, corporate and philanthropy sectors. As Senior Director at Kraft Foods she headed multi-national philanthropic programs in hunger relief, the arts, domestic violence and education.  Dickerson also held executive posts with the National Museum of African Art at Smithsonian Institution, Chicago Historical Society and DuSable Museum of African American History.

Dickerson studied theater at Emerson College, holds a certificate in arts management from Harvard University, and a M.A. in arts management from the American University in Washington, D.C.  She serves on the boards of The Woods Fund of Chicago, the Women's Funding Network, the African American Legacy Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, and the Leadership Advisory Council of the Art Institute of Chicago and has previously served Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, ChiArts and Congo Square Theatre. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visitor with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Newberry Library fellow and Vice Chair of the International Committee of the Council on Foundations.

Her work has been recognized with awards from the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, among many other civic honors.  In 2009 she was added to the HistoryMakers national video archives of outstanding African American leaders and was named to The Network Journal’s Class of 25 Influential Black Women in Business. She is also included in the American University Alumni Hall of Fame.

“We are pleased to welcome Amina Dickerson to the Fry Foundation Board of Directors,” said Scott McCue, chair of the Fry Foundation’s Board. “Amina’s continued dedication and leadership experience within the non-profit sector will be an excellent addition to our Board. We look forward to benefiting from her support and insights that will assist in improving Chicago’s communities.”

About the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Education, prosperity, and hope for all. That is the vision behind the Fry Foundation’s grantmaking. We provide support to nonprofit organizations that have the strength and commitment to improve conditions for low-income, underserved Chicago residents. Grants are awarded in four major areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment, and Health. Across all of our funding areas, our focus is on helping organizations: Build capacity to enhance the quality of services and better assess the impact of programs; Develop successful program innovations that other organizations in the field can learn from or adopt; and Share knowledge so that information which can help low-income communities and individuals is widely and readily available.

In 1933, Lloyd A. Fry founded the Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Company on the Southwest Side of Chicago. During the next five decades, the company grew to become the world's largest manufacturer of asphalt roofing and allied products, with nearly 5,000 dedicated employees in manufacturing facilities nationwide. The company was sold to Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation in 1977. In large part, the proceeds from the sale of the company now serve as the endowment of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The Foundation has been addressing the needs of the Chicago community since 1983.  Last year it awarded $7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.