Black United Fund of Oregon
To assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's underserved communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.
Bottom Line for Portland
BUF is the only BIPOC-led foundation in Oregon and one of the last culturally-specific organizations remaining on historically-Black NE Alberta Street. For almost 40 years, our programs have increased postsecondary success for youth and provided philanthropic support to underserved communities. A successful campaign means more college scholarships for youth of color, support for small, BIPOC-led nonprofits, and an equitable and resilient future for Portland.
“The Black United Fund of Oregon...it [makes] me happy that there [is] a place like this for people like me to get extra help and extra support when going out into a world that sometimes doesn’t accept me for who I am...I am forever grateful that Black United Fund of Oregon came into my life.”
-Youth participant, postsecondary mentorship and scholarship program
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
For almost 40 years, the Black United Fund has been a driver of and a contributor to equity and inclusion work taking place at the state and local levels. As a culturally-specific and (B)IPOC-led organization, we recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion are complex and multifaceted topics. With that knowledge in mind, we consistently evaluate and update our strategies to align with best practices and remain responsive to our community.
One donor (of any amount) will be selected to win a personalized video message and inspirational song from Saeeda "Mama Sae" Wright, one of Portland's best-loved singer/songwriters.
One donor ($25 or more) will be selected to win five (5) pints of ice cream from Ghetto Nostalgia Ice Cream + the opportunity to design a custom flavor.
One donor ($50 or more) will be selected to win a $150 gift card from Tattoo 34 PDX, Portland’s only Indigenous- and Black-owned tattoo shop.
Between Nov 1st and 26th, share, like, or comment on a BUF post (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) and you could win a set of products from the Portland-based company Just V Natural. We will draw one winner on #SmallBusinessSaturday (November 27th).
Our theme this year is SELF CARE - care for yourself and care for your community! These Black-owned Portland businesses embody our mission to equip, empower, encourage, and engage:
- Saeeda Wright Music - a music legend, born right here in Portland
- Ghetto Nostalgia Ice Cream - local, BIPOC-owned ice cream - “Remember the past, taste the future”
- Akasha Massage - holistic health and bodywork for every body, identity, and ability
- Tattoo 34 PDX - the only Indigenous- and Black-owned tattoo shop in Portland
- Just V Naturals - natural products for body and home
- Amalfi's Italian Restaurant - family-run Italian favorite, since 1959