African Center for Community Development, Inc.
Our organization was formed in November 2014 but became active at the end of 2018. African Center was birthed out of the African Association of Madison, Inc (AAM), now a sister organization to AAM. The AAM’s management saw that the African population in Dane county is fast growing and is in need of a varied array of social and educational services, hence the formation of the African Center for Community Development, Inc.
The City of Madison and its surrounding areas are home to many Africans, who have migrated here gradually over half a century and for many reasons, including education, employment, immigration, and family reunification. As this population has grown over half a century, so has the need to provide the kinds of services that will help integrate it into the wider community and create opportunities for cultural exchanges to foster understanding and enhance their success.
The African Center for Community Development, Inc. (ACCD) is a nonprofit public charity organization registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
To promote the well-being of the African immigrants and preserve the vibrancy of African cultures in Madison and Dane County through education, service, entrepreneurship, empowerment and dialogue.
To facilitate the inclusion of African immigrants into the Madison and Dane County communities while maintaining knowledge and appreciation of their cultures of origin.
We value strengthening family bonds and developing sustainable social and business networks that will help the African community flourish in Dane County.
Nearly twice as likely to have graduate or professional degrees, Wisconsin's immigrant population plays a vital role in the state's economy and contributes to its diversity and richness. Wisconsin's immigrant population, including those who are African-born, makes important contributions to the state's economy through taxes, consumer spending, labor force participation, and entrepreneurship. According to the American Immigration Council, in 2018, immigrant-led households paid $1.7 billion in federal taxes and $968.3 million in state and local taxes. In addition, having $7.1 billion in spending power, immigrants in Wisconsin contributed billions of dollars to the state's economy. 6% of all self-employed Wisconsin residents in 2018 were immigrant entrepreneurs and they generated hundreds of millions of dollars in business revenue.Source: American Immigration Council (3.25.2023)
According to the Migration Policy Institute, the 2021 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) estimated that 7.1% of foreign-born Wisconsinites were from Africa.
The African-born population is growing, with a significant steady increase over the past two decades.
The Africa-born Wisconsinites reached 21,299 in 2021 which is a 442% increase from 2000
Source: Migration Policy Institute (3.25.2023)
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