The Reaching Back Foundation has adopted the mystical Sankofa bird as its logo. The Sankofa reminds us that as we move forward, we not forget our past. And at the same time, plant and nurture seeds of knowledge, experience and resources for future generations.



The Reaching Back Foundation (RBF), founded in 2002, is a not-for profit organization with a mission to support, nurture and empower organizations and individuals that promote the welfare, development and educational opportunities for African-American children, youth and families.
The Reaching Back Foundation has supported various programs and activities designed for children and youth including its annual Summer Fun Book donations to promote summer reading for 1,000 under privileged children; book-bag scholarships for needy college students; and 12 years of support for the Baptist Schools Complex and Orphanage in Koforidua, Ghana - a children’s orphanage in Ghana, West Africa which we have had the privilege of visiting.
The primary RBF fundraising event is the Phenomenal Woman awards event, held in even numbered years since 2006 – 2020 This event recognizes nominated women who embody the RBF vision within their community and area of expertise.



  • Sun, Feb 07
    Sessions will be twice a month on Sundays
    Feb 07, 3:30 PM – Apr 25, 5:00 PM
    Sessions will be twice a month on Sundays
    A 6-week mentoring program designed for Junior and Senior high school girls to gather virtually to: discuss real life issues, build community partnerships and learn more about topics important to success in life.




Summer Fun Book Program

RBF partners with 
South Suburban libraries to encourage the 
enjoyment of reading in middle-school students


P.O. Box 63
Olympia Fields, IL 60461

Text "GIVE" to 708-581-9921

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