Directory of Black-Led Organizations

Black-led organizations (B.L.O.s) in the Bay Area make up a strong, vibrant network of community anchors that serve as the backbone to many who call the Bay Area home. Explore the many organizations that participate in the ASCEND:BLO initiative below. Want to add a registered Bay Area nonprofit with Black staff or board leadership to this list? Email us at ascendblo@eastbaycf.org.

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Organizations have been grouped into budget categories based on the size of their annual budget. These groupings are: Micro = Less than $100,000; Small = $100,000 – $499,000; Medium = $500,000 – $1 million; Large $1 million – $5 million; and Mega = greater than $5 million.

  • AdunaKids

    Site: https://adunakids.org

    Focus areas: Arts Youth Development

    Founding Date: 2020

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Coumba Diouf, Founder

    Budget Size: Micro

  • African American Art and Culture Complex

    Site: https://aaacc.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1989

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Melonie and Melorra Green, Co-Directors

    Budget Size: Medium

  • African American Quilt Guild Of Oakland

    Site: https://aaqgo.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 2004

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Marie de Porres Taylor, President

    Budget Size: Micro

  • African American Shakespeare Company

    Site: https://african-americanshakes.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1997

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Sherri Young, Founder and Executive Director

    Budget Size: Large

  • Alena Museum

    Site: https://alenamuseum.com/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development

    Founding Date: 2017

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Seven Asefaha, Executive Director

    Budget Size: Micro

  • Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

    Site: https://linesballet.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1982

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Alonzo King, Founder and Artistic Director

    Budget Size: Mega

  • Artist As First Responder (AAFR)

    Site: https://www.artistasfirstresponder.com/

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 2019

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Ashara Ekundayo, Founder

  • Attitudinal Healing Connection

    Site: https://ahc-oakland.org

    Focus areas: Arts Youth Development

    Founding Date: 1994

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Amana Harris, Executive Director

    Budget Size: Medium

  • Bay Area Mural Program

    Site: https://www.thebamp.org/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development Youth Education

    Founding Date: 2015

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Andre Jones, Co-Founder

  • Bayview Opera House

    Site: https://bvoh.org/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development

    Founding Date: 1888

    San Francisco, CA

    County: san Francisco

    Leader: Thor Kaslofsky, Board President

  • Bettie Ono

    Site: https://bettiono.com/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development

    Founding Date: 2018

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Anyka Barber, Founding, CEO and COO

  • Bisemi Foundation

    Site: https://bisemi.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 2015

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Esailama Artry-Diouf, Executive Director

    Budget Size: Micro

  • Black Cultural Zone Community Development Corporation (dba Black Cultural Zone)

    Site: https://blackculturalzone.org/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development Economic Development Real Estate

    Founding Date: 2014

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Carolyn "CJ" Johnson, Executive Director

  • Black Repertory Group

    Site: https://blackrepertorygroup.com

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1972

    Berkeley, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Dr. Mona Vaughn Scott, Board Chair

    Budget Size: Micro

  • Destiny Arts Center

    Site: https://destinyarts.org

    Focus areas: Arts Youth Development

    Founding Date: 1988

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: David Nixon, Board Chair

    Budget Size: Large

  • Diamano Coura West African Dance Company

    Site: https://diamanocoura.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1999

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Dr. Zakariya Diouf and Naomi Gedo Diouf, Directors

    Budget Size: Small

  • Dimensions Dance Theatre

    Site: https://dimensionsdance.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1973

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Deborah Vaughan, Co-Founder/Director

    Budget Size: Small

  • Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation

    Site: https://hueypnewtonfoundation.org/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development History

    Founding Date: 1995

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Fredrika Newton, President and Co-Founder

    Budget Size: Micro

  • East Palo Alto Youth Arts and Music Center (dba EPACENTER ARTS)

    Site: https://epacenterarts.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 2015

    East Palo Alto, CA

    County: San Mateo

    Leader: Nadine Rambeau, Executive Director

  • Imprint City

    Site: https://www.imprintcity.org/

    Focus areas: Arts Community Development

    Founding Date: 2015

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Tyra Fennell, Founding Director and Board President

    Budget Size: Small

  • Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture

    Focus areas: Arts Policy Research Social Science

    Founding Date: 1980

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Michael C. Nobles, Executive Director

    Budget Size: Medium

  • Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

    Site: https://lhtsf.org

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1981

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Stephanie Shoffner, Interim Executive Director

    Budget Size: Small

  • Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc.

    Site: http://www.lowerbottomplayaz.com/

    Focus areas: Arts

    Founding Date: 1999

    Oakland, CA

    County: Alameda

    Leader: Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, Ph.D., Founding Director

    Budget Size: Micro

  • Mural Music and Arts Project

    Site: https://www.muralmusicarts.org

    Focus areas: Arts Youth Development

    Founding Date: 2003

    San Francisco, CA

    County: San Francisco

    Leader: Tefferi M. Brook , Executive Director

    Budget Size: Small