BIPOC Support Foundation is committed to empowering the lives and communities of Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color by providing resources, education, mentorship and economic support.
BSF is dedicated to breaking down the racial, social and economic barriers that prevent our Black, Indigenous and persons of color communities from thriving. These communities have faced a long history of racism, violence and inequity for hundreds of years.
We operate by the key principle that success is interconnected. By improving the placement of adults, we improve the education of children; by improving the education of children, we improve the future of individuals and communities across the United States.
Our work centers around bolstering business owners, uplifting women+, and creating a K-12 educational program that depicts true and balanced history, as well as providing real-world skill training. We empower the community with tools to sustain itself via donations, resources, and mentor-ship.
As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of class, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability/disability status.
HOW IT WORKS & WHERE YOUR DONATIONS GO:
1. Providing support and resources to underserved BIPOC communities.
2. Our Education Initiative and Women+s Work Programs.
3. Providing grants and assistance to entrepreneurs.
In early 2020, Founder/ CEO and small business owner, DeMilo Young reached out to friends and colleagues to find solutions for small BIPOC business owners who faced inequities during the pandemic. Young with other volunteers worked diligently to raise funds for businesses that were disproportionately shut out of funding. Data showed that Congress' major COVID relief bill was not evenly distributed amongst non BIPOC- owned businesses. In June 2020, BSF funded its first emergency grant to BIPOC-owned business, A Chef's Agent.
In late 2020, BSF took on the meaning of our title by expanding beyond solely BIPOC business support and into the field of education. In December 2020, BSF officially became a nonprofit organization. Under the direction of educator Cassiopeia Guthrie, we hosted our first quarterly BEF Book Club event for educators in February 2021, along with providing mandatory racial bias and privilege training for our volunteers.
Approximately three hundred educators from throughout Southern California and beyond attended the event. Surveys showed that they left inspired, confident, and empowered to use their new resources and tools to not only begin implementing diverse texts within their classrooms, but also to engage in brave and important conversations surrounding unconscious bias with their students, peers, and communities as well.
In July and August, over 500 disadvantaged youth received backpacks filled with school supplies, reading books and community gifts through BSF's Backpack drive.
Today, BSF continues to serve small businesses with funding and resources in addition to serving youth and women in underserved communities.
HOW WE DO IT
San Diego is our home and at BIPOC Support Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering our Black, Indigenous and People of color which support all communities. Giving is at the heart of what we do. We give through our Education Initiative by way of book clubs and our Backpack Drive, and we give through our Business Support Program by providing emergency hardship grants to new and established BIPOC-owned businesses. We believe that by improving the station of adults, we improve the education of children. By improving the education of children, we improve the quality of life for everyone.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
& Breaking Through
The core of our mission is to create long-term solutions for long-term issues through education, funding, and networking.
This outreach is a virtual study seminar offered for free to educators across the nation.