Better Banking Blog

Client Spotlight: Black Resilience Fund - Financial Assistance to Black Portlanders

Jun 10, 2020

The Black Resilience Fund launched June 1, 2020 as a space to allow Black Portlanders to feel supported, to feel hopeful, and to allow all Portlanders a way to move forward as a community. This emergency fund is dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.

In the first 12 hours of launching, they raised over $11,000 and were able to immediately help 50 Black Portlanders, in amounts ranging from $13 to $300, for everything from a hot meal to unexpected emergencies. For many Black families across the US, the past few weeks have felt like “salt on a festering wound,” and the Black Resilience Fund was launched as an opportunity for non-Black allies to provide concrete support for Black people in their community.

Co-founded by Cameron Whitten and Salomé Chimuku, the Black Resilience Fund raised approximately $420,000 as of June 10, with a goal of raising $1 million by Juneteenth (Freedom Day).

The Black Resilience Fund is a program from Brown Hope, a nonprofit and community solution for racial justice. They provide a bold vision of how to create platforms for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people to be seen, to love, and to lead. We are thrilled to have the Black Resilience Fund and Brown Hope join the Beneficial Banking family.

How to Support the Black Resilience Fund