Events and Activities
The Black United Fund’s 2015 College Fair will be hosted at Concordia University on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (registration opens at 8:30am). This fair features colleges and universities from Oregon and SW Washington and HBCU Alumni; there will be workshops for both students and parents, and informative sessions for students who are interested in scholarships regardless of their socio-economic status.
Students and parents can register online for FREE at bit.ly/2015BUFCollegeFair or go to our website at bufor.org. The College Fair portion of the event is FREE and is an opportunity to connect with colleges and universities in an intimate setting. If you are questioning or considering college attendance this fair is for you!
Registration closes on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 11:59 PM.
In addition, students have the opportunity to learn how to create an award-winning essay by participating in the Scholarship Writing Workshop immediately following the College Fair. Components of the “Path to Scholarship” curriculum can also be used for admissions essays and high school graduation essay requirements. The workshop will be from 12:30pm to 4:00pm, for a nominal fee of $10 which includes workshop materials and lunch. Visit bit.ly/2015ScholarshipWriting Workshop to register.
Join us and our special guest Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks Running Back
and Co-founder of the Fam 1st Family Foundation;
a youth serving organization with
a focus on education attainment.
Don't miss out on this fun filled evening where we
share Black United
Fund's 2015 - 2016 updates including our goals for the youth we
serve, and our vision on Alberta Street.
Click here to register!
Summer Mural Project
Last winter Vox Siren and Art Uprising approached the Black United Fund of Oregon with a proposal of creating a beautiful mural to promote visibility of the organization and powerful women leaders. Kimberlee Sheng, the Executive Director of Black United Fund, and recipient of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Humanitarian Service Award, provided leadership in the creative design. The Black United Fund has historically been and is currently lead by black women- a demographic whose history is largely neglected in the public domain. Kimberlee’s vision brings to life powerful women that have inspired so many people throughout history. From left to right the figures depicted will be Coretta Scott King, Ruby Bridges, Ruby Dee, Angela Davis, and Maya Angelou. At the far right a young girl stands below the image of Maya Angelou reflecting on the women who came before her. She represents a generation boldly ready to continue the legacy of powerful leadership.
“As a child growing up the women depicted on this mural were major inspirations in life; they embodied the vision I held for myself, and the determination that was required to create real and lasting change. These women, along with countless others- some who will never be named, opened many doors of opportunity for both women and men, and have had a tremendous impact on how communities of color navigate “systems” of inequity. The Black United Fund of Oregon is an organization that places an emphasis on education (experiential and academic) as a catalyst of empowerment that can break generational barriers to success. In our more than 30-years of operation, the organization has always been lead by women therefore it is fitting that this mural would pay tribute to a few of the iconic black women of the civil rights movement. Upholding a beckon of hope for all, these historical women stood alongside our brothers and numerous communities involved in the struggle, just as we still do today.” -Kimberlee Sheng, Executive Director, Black United Fund of Oregon
The Black United Fund of Oregon is the only black-owned, community specific nonprofit that operates and owns its building and property on Alberta Street. The organization’s mission 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. This mural is a statement and acknowledgement that the Black United Fund of Oregon will continue to champion efforts to break economic barriers for underserved and underrepresented groups.
This project is supported by the Public Arts Murals Program, administered by Regional Arts and Culture Council. A family friendly celebration of the mural will be held on August 8th from 2pm – 5pm at the Black United Fund of Oregon. Kimberlee Sheng (Executive Director of Black United Fund of Oregon), Tiffani Penson (City of Portland, Minority Evaluator Program & Supplier Diversity Officer, and Black United Fund of Oregon Board Member), and Zoe Piliafas (Co-Founder of Vox Siren) will be speaking about the impact of the Black United Fund, the importance of collaboration, and the influence of women
Thank you Oregon Lottery for being our Doctorate Sponsor of our 2015 Scholarship Awards Luncheon!
For information on sponsorship or table hosting contact our Development Team at