The mission of the Black United Fund of Oregon is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.
In 1983, leaders in North and Northeast Portland, Oregon noticed that many philanthropic organizations were providing minimal support to communities of color. To combat this inequality those same leaders started the Black United Fund of Oregon to channel charitable funds to low-income areas.
FOUNDING COMMUNITY leaders
Amina Anderson, BUF Oregon Founding President
Dr. Dorothy Alexander, First President of the Governor's Commission on Black Affairs (Oregon)
Skip Collier, Entrepreneur
Ron Herndon, Executive Director- Albina Head Start
Donna Harris, Oregon Native and long time NE Portland Resident
Rev. John Garlington