Join us in supporting a selection of Nonprofit organizations in Portland doing work every day to advocate for and give a voice to our Black neighbors.
Below you’ll find a description of each organization’s mission, their website, and a link to donate. This list is not meant to be comprehensive but rather a living document that can be updated.
We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, and the Black community has been hit substantially harder, please give generously and set up monthly sustaining donations when possible to keep your support going beyond this moment in time.
From Founder Cameron Whitten:
“We’ve survived a long, painful week that’s an extension of a year that’s challenged us to our core.
We need healing. We need justice. And that requires action.
Systemic change requires prolonged effort, but we can also make an immediate difference for frontline communities. I launched this Black Resilience Fund as an opportunity for non-Black allies to support the resilience of Black people in our very own community.
In two days, the Black Resilience Fund has provided $19,088.24 in immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills.”
Don’t Shoot PDX serves as a community hub for numerous resources including:
- Oregon Know Your Rights trainings
- Youth and family focused social justice art camps
- Advocacy and volunteer service organizing
- Trauma informed meditation and yoga
- Community Feed in and potlucks
- Event organizing around violence and advocacy
- Food and clothing distribution to marginalized families in populations surrounding Oregon and Washington
- Developing legal outreach in support and partnership with lawyers and volunteers including the support of legal observers from the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild and MPD Law Collective
- Community Engagement and Educational Dialogues
- NVDA Protest demonstrations expanding the blueprint of the #BlackLivesMatter movement including our agenda into Oregon state capital, and other city and county municipalities including school districts and other fraternal organizations
- Community Art Project – education related art and history projects focused on civil rights and anti discrimination.
“Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating racial hatred and discrimination.”
“Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
We do this by investing in stable housing; through workforce development; community health; education and well-being; for our youth, adults and seniors. Our culturally specific programs and services, combined with our powerful advocacy and civic engagement, empowers Black communities to thrive across Oregon and SW Washington.”
“The Portland African American Leadership Forum helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.”
Current work includes:
- The Gordly-Burch Family House
- Leadership Development Programs
- Organizing Programs
“Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI) is dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. Working with schools, families, and partner community organizations, SEI provides support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to individual young people and enhances the quality of community life.”
The Numberz radio station is providing a very unique listener and creator experience, by carving out a media space to empower communities of color to share their thoughts, concerns and celebrate each other. The intent of our current musical format is to give a full representation of the Black music experience, not just Hip Hop and R&B. Along with those genres, we play Reggae, House, Afro Beat, Jazz, Funk and Gospel. The primary purpose of The Numberz is to create media space for Black people and communities of color, in a city where gentrification has played a significant part in scattering their voices.
Being involved in The Numberz doesn’t require that you are a musician. Through our Community Playlist campaign we’re able to highlight change makers, activists, entrepreneurs and people making a positive impact, by asking them to share the music that moves and motivates them. We then turn that music into an hour mix that is then shared with everyone via our broadcast. Doing this creates a dialog in the community through those songs. We also offer airtime for community organizations to share event information that will benefit our listeners.
- The KairosPDX Early Learning network: focused on providing direct and indirect, culturally competent consulting and services to current in-home providers and families/friends and neighbors who serve under-represented youth including low-income youth and youth of color.
- The Family Connections Program: born of the belief that families are first teachers and children exist in the context of their families. As such, if we are supporting children to thrive, we need to support families as well. The family connections program is also predicated on the belief that Portland has a wealth of family resources and our goal/job is to be a broker and connector to these existing resources.
- Reggio–Inspired, Multicultural, Service Learning Academy: Our learning academy reinforces our belief that public schools are vital to the ecosystem of the educational landscape, and can lead to equitable outcomes yielding not only better students, but better people.Our students will obtain the habits of mind required to achieve academically and thrive socially and we will be an education incubator for promising practices in arts integration, culturally competent teaching practices, community partnership and service learning. We are developing a community equipped to engage deeply, think critically and connect authentically.
“By offering funding support for both students looking to pursue higher education and other nonprofit organizations, Black United Fund of Oregon helps to increase opportunities for underserved communities within Portland and SW Washington. Outside of offering funding support BUF provides programing that helps support both students and nonprofit organizations in navigating the challenges that are often associated with scholarship and grant applications. BUF operates under the belief that providing these programs and resources not only equips and encourages growth in our community, but also empowers and engages our target demographic. To learn more about our education and nonprofit programs and services, visit our EQUIP (Education Programs) and ENCOURAGE (Nonprofit Programs) pages.”
Give to the local chapter through Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the National Organization: “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
Find Black-Owned Businesses to support from Mercatus PDX’s Directory.