Black United Fund Sacramento Valley, Inc.
The mission of the Sacramento Valley Black United Fund (AKA Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley or BUFSV) is to create, maintain, and empower African American, ethnically diverse, and economically challenged communities through nonprofit development and organizing.
4104 44th Street
Sacramento, CA 95820
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
|Primary NTEE:||Community Improvement, Capacity Building|
|Sub NTEE:||Nonprofit Management|
Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - Current funds are unrestricted, except for the annual Congress of African Peoples' Convening, held each fall since 2001.Unrestricted funds will allow the board to allocate to programs where needed.
- Board Members - The current board is dedicated and active; however, the current members have served for three years, and the organization needs two new board members. The board is actively recruiting.
- Funding: Other - To better assist the community, we are finding it necessary to expand beyond being a completely volunteer organization to having one paid staff person. The board is currently looking into starting with a part-time, paid intern.
- Space: Office or Other - The organization's current office is located in a residential neighborhood. It is a house donated to the Black United Fund as an annual in-kind contribution. However, we are on the waiting list to move to the Fruit Ridge Collaborative, a re-purposed, elementary school in the SCUSD.
- Funding: Program - Continuing to expand outreach for the 'Growing Our Own' Program by increasing the number of workshop offerings, instituting more consistent follow-up and success measures, and giving more direct grants: $6,000.
Although BUFSV is small, carries out its services with volunteers, and gives grants of $500 or less, it nevertheless has persevered and has made a notable impact on the nonprofit sector in the Sacramento Valley. As seen in the documents submitted showing the organization's activities over the years, the nonprofit development workshops have been the staple service, and several hundred people have participated in them since 1992. Since then, the organization has given over fifty small grants, including the grant connected to the annual Bremond Memorial Award. The grants are from $250 to $500 depending upon available funds.'
'In addition, the organization is known for program collaboration with other nonprofits. Since 2003, BUFSV has been a primary supporter of the annual Congress of African People's Convening, a forum allowing community members to voice their concerns around a theme. Examples of themes over the years: mock political conventions to inform the community about the political process, the state of education in local communities of color, health conditions and resources for the region and the state, community-law/enforcement relations and the criminal justice system, and so on. However, BUFSV still must realize its potential as a catalyst for communication among small, grassroots nonprofits in this region. Just as the National Council of Nonprofits and the California Association of Nonprofits provide services to help other nonprofits, BUFSV has a similar mission for communities of color. Why? The dissolution rate of nonprofits in communities of color is high. Their available funds are often so low that they cannot afford paid staff or rent. The Black United Fund has experienced these same issues yet stayed in the game, helping as best we can. As the founder and most persistent volunteer, I believe this experience equips the Black United Fund to be a clearinghouse and resource for others.
Kakwasi Somadhi, Founder, and President