Black United Fund of Oregon

BIPOC-Led Organization


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-OR is the oldest BIPOC-led foundation in Oregon and one of the last culturally-specific organizations remaining on historically-Black NE Alberta Street. For 40 years, our programs have increased postsecondary success for youth, provided philanthropic support to underserved communities, and supported BIPOC business owners and entrepreneurs. 


A successful campaign means equitable access to postsecondary support and scholarships, support for small, BIPOC-led nonprofits, and resources for BIPOC businesses and entrepreneurs to grow. Together, we can create a resilient future for Portland.


“Being involved with BUF-OR gives me the chance to be more involved with my community by hosting and attending events, partnering with other local businesses, and building relationships with other local organizations affiliated with BUF-OR.

I have only been in the Emerging Entrepreneur Program for 5 months, and my business has grown tremendously; without BUF-OR, I would not be in the position I am in today.


-Emerging Entrepreneur Program Participant

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For 40 years, the Black United Fund of Oregon 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 BIPOC-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.


Giveaways to be announced throughout the campaign:

One night’s stay at the Canopy Portland

$150 gift card to Tattoo 34 PDX

A box of Spring plant starts from the Side Yard Kitchen & Farm


Check out these amazing local businesses who are supporting BUF-OR's work and mission! 


The Side Yard Farm and Kitchen feeds upwards of 15,000 people per year through restaurants, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes, donations, catering, and farm events, and they are committed to continuing their work in building and fostering community resilience by providing a safe, inclusive space for all identities.


The Canopy Portland is in the Pearl District, surrounded by vibrant shopping and dining options--Downtown Portland, Union Station, and local cultural attractions like Powell's City of Books are within a six-minute walk. 


Tattoo 34 PDX is an Indigenous & Black Owned Tattoo Shop in Portland, Oregon-- they strive to give everyone the best experience in a welcoming, comfortable and positive space, while doing the best tattoos. 

$32,185 raised of $30,000 goal
190 donations
107% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1983

Tax ID: 930843267

Black United Fund of Oregon is in the Community category which is sponsored by Willamette Week.

They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co. and Washington Co.

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