Black Parent Initiative

BIPOC-Led Organization


Since 2006, BPI’s mission has been to educate and mobilize the parents and caregivers of African, African American and African American Multi-cultural children to ensure they achieve success.

Bottom Line for Portland

Since our inception, our mission and programs have helped reduce the persistent, pervasive inequities felt by children of color in our shared city. Although Black community members are strong, they are often not given the tools they need to succeed. Demand for our services continues to grow, resulting in exponential growth for BPI over the past year. 


As BPI’s Executive Director, Bahia Overton, shares, “We are strong and resilient! We have and will continue to use joy, creativity, and innovation because we have had to make a way out of no way forever. BPI is here to help shoulder the weight of these challenges and to be a source of strength and healing.”

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is the reason our organization exists. 100% of those served identify as African American, African, Black, and/or African American Multiracial. From our mission to our culturally specific practices to our events tailored for communities of color, Black parents have resonated with our work. To further respond to systemic disparities and racism, and support equitable outcomes, we use a community-centered design process to create innovative family programs and supports. Our culturally representative staff, board members, and volunteers have faced many of the same obstacles as those we serve, and they offer a deep and shared understanding of how it feels to live in Black skin. We focus on the strengths and abilities of our children and families because we have the greatest confidence in their beauty, promise, and capacity.

$10,546 raised of $25,000 goal
129 donations
42% of Goal


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Year Founded: 2006

Tax ID: 205686374

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