1. What is the Black Resilience Fund?
The Black Resilience Fund (“BRF” or “The Fund”) is a program of nonprofit Brown Hope and is dedicated to fostering healing and resilience by providing immediate and direct financial assistance to Black Portlanders.
2. Why was the Black Resilience Fund started?
The Black Resilience Fund was created as a response to the continual and preventable suffering endured by Black communities due to systemic oppression. Together, we can make an immediate positive impact for frontline communities—which is why we created the Black Resilience Fund.
We need healing. We need justice. And that requires action.
3. Who operates the Black Resilience Fund?
The Black Resilience Fund was co-founded by cameron whitten and Salomé Chimuku, who both served unpaid alongside over 400 additional volunteers from June until August 2020. Once funding was secured for staffing, cameron was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Brown Hope, the nonprofit parent organization of the Black Resilience Fund. Yndiah Holley is the Black Resilience Fund Program Manager.
4. How long has the Black Resilience Fund been in operation?
The Black Resilience Fund was founded on June 1st, 2020 as an emergency fundraiser on GoFundMe. Since then, our volunteers have been diligently at work to build a consistent and transparent structure for the Fund.
5. How is the Black Resilience Fund being transparent/accountable with its funds?
We are committed to transparency and accountability. We’ve developed a team of volunteers who comb through data and actively engage recipients to ensure applications are reviewed and funds are disbursed.
Weekly updates and monthly Impact Reports are issued to show where funds have been allocated and to summarize the latest activities of our movement. We frequently share testimonials of Black Portlanders who have already benefited from the Black Resilience Fund.
6. Is my contribution to the Black Resilience Fund tax deductible?
The Black Resilience Fund is a formal program of Brown Hope, a registered 501(3) non-profit organization with a federal employment identification number of 82-4843276. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Donations made on BlackResilienceFund.com or via check (write the check to Black Resilience Fund and please send to P.O. Box 6807 Portland, Oregon 97228) are tax deductible.
7. Who qualifies for funding?
In order to qualify for support through the Black Resilience Fund, applicants must meet this eligibility criteria:
Identify as Black, African American, or African; and
Currently reside in the Portland metropolitan area (Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington Counties).
Must be 18 years of age or older.*
*Some exceptions may be made, for example, if a non-Black parent or caretaker is applying on behalf of qualifying children who are under the age of 18.
8. What can funds be used for?
This fund was intended to provide immediate relief from financial burdens for basic living expenses and life emergencies. Our primary categories are: A Warm, Delivered Meal; Groceries; Small Business Support; Education / Student Loans; Electric/Light & Water Bill; Phone & Internet Bill; Rent; Credit Card Debt; Medical; Transportation; and Moving Costs. The Fund explicitly does not provide support for startup businesses.
9. How long does it take for an applicant to find out if they’re approved for funds?
The intake interviews will begin on July 1, 2021. At the end of the intake interview you will know if you have been approved for funding. After applying, a 15-minute video interview is required to be eligible for funds. A volunteer reaches out to applicants in order of our when they were selected by random lottery to schedule video interviews. In order to provide a culturally inclusive experience, all interviewers are Black Portlanders. At this time, it takes 2 weeks to complete this process.
10. How long does it take to receive funds after being approved?
After approval, funds will be delivered up to 2 weeks after the intake interview by check, PayPal, or Cash App.
11. How much funding can a recipient receive?
Each microgrant is $300.
The mission of the Black Resilience Fund is to support Portland’s entire Black community. Our theory of change is to make a collective impact by supporting as many Black Portlanders as possible.
12. Can applicants receive more than one round of funding?
People who are already received funding by filling out the application form in 2020 are eligible to apply again using the 2021 application form.
As we process 2021 applications, each recipient may only receive on microgrant of $300, in order to reach as many people as possible.
13. How can I or my organization get involved in the BRF?
We welcome partnership with businesses and other organizations. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or others at your organization are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
14. Can you help from home/maintain social distance?
Yes, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities you can complete from your home, including social media, responding to email inquiries, and grant writing. Please sign up as a Brown Hope volunteer, and we will be able to direct you to opportunities with the Black Resilience Fund.
15. How can I talk to my employer about matching my donation?
Yes! Donor matching contributions can only be made through this link. You can also donate via check to P.O. Box 6807 Portland, Oregon 97228. If your company uses Benevity.com for matching gifts, look up and donate to BRF through our operating nonprofit, Brown Hope.
16. What are the long term plans for the Black Resilience Fund?
The Black Resilience Fund was created with the intention of being a one-time emergency fund, but in the past weeks, we have seen the transformative impact the Fund has had in the lives of people from all backgrounds in this community. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, we have built an organizational structure that can serve a long-time purpose. Help sustain our movement by donating today.