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Notions of self-help and communal responsibility are core values in African culture. The transfer of these values was evident in North America with the founding of mutual aid societies established in the early 18th century to help members of the Black community. In the midst of the civil rights and Black Power movements, African American social activists sought new ways to empower the Black community by developing a network of selfhelp organizations committed to a philosophy of shared economic resources, communal values, and social responsibility. Thus, the National Black United Fund was born.

Early Initiatives

The National Black United Fund, Inc. (NBUF) owes its beginnings to a group of social activists who questioned the domination and control of America’s philanthropic organizations by Americans ...

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