The For Us, By Us Fund (FUBU Fund) is a flexible funding and organizing initiative that seeks to support the creative and organizing efforts of people of color (PoC) in Maine. The initiative, started after the election in November 2016, was the brainchild of two Portland-based Black women organizers. The fund was started in response to the needs the founders heard in their communities. After the election, PoCs in southern Maine expressed a need for funds, space, and opportunities to connect, collaborate, create, and organize. The founders are committed to keeping the fund flexible to respond to these needs.

Building Capacity

“We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to attend Black Women and Girls Symposium. This was truly a magical event dedicated to black women and girls. We would like to thank For Us By Us (FUBU) for their kind generosity. We would want to recognize Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart, Shamara Alhassan, Emerald Ortiz, and Makeen Zachery for organizing this event. Thank you!”  

Elizabeth, Maryan, Najma, and Iman 

Rise and Shine Youth Retreat director, Nicole Mokeme explored the sacredness of poc only spaces for women as professional development at the Dawtas of the Moon Convention.

Nicole Mokeme

Rise and Shine Youth Retreat, Director

It was nice to be surrounded by so many great women who are part of an industry that doesn’t give them the credit they deserve and continuously ignores them.”

Dorcas Ngaliema