Mission and Vision—the Helping Hand that is Our Own

The Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley, Incorporated, (BUFSV) is a nonprofit, 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) organization established as an affiliate of the National Black United Fund (NBUF) in 1992. We serve Northern California counties of Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Yolo and Yuba.

Our motto of extending our hand to help ourselves captures the spirit of our mission and vision.

The vision out-pictures nonprofit agencies and organizations working effectively and efficiently to serve the people of our communities.

To realize this vision, the Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley’s mission is to create, support, and sustain grassroots groups that deliver much needed services in the areas of:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health & Human Services
  • Social Justice

African Americans come from a long history of perseverance

The African-American spirit of giving can be seen in families who “adopted” children that had been sold away from their natural families. The spirit can be seen in the establishing of clandestine midnight schools by the few blacks who had some education and could teach others how to read and write. It can be seen in the creation of secret benevolent societies which provided goods, services and social continuity when families and extended families were disrupted by slavery. Both during and after the Civil War, blacks raised money to finance their own migration to the north and west. After emancipation, they raised money to start schools and colleges, health clinics, and homes for the orphaned and aged.

In 1968, the late Walter Bremond took this spirit of self help a step further when he was instrumental in establishing the first Black United Fund in Los Angeles, California. He went from there to New York to establish the National Black United Fund (NBUF) in 1972. NBUF is now headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. Since then, affiliate organizations like BUFSV have been established in various cities around the country. All share the same mission and vision, and all use annual employer payroll deduction charitable giving campaigns as their primary way of raising funds.