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Honoring Black History Month
Support African American communities through Our Promise


Since 1926, the United States has celebrated what is now known as Black History Month to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Augustus F. Hawkins, who founded the Our Promise program, made a mark in California’s history as the first African American legislator from California to serve in the Congress. Learn more.

State workers have an opportunity to celebrate and support our African American communities by making a monthly payroll donation through Our Promise. 

We’ve compiled 10 Certified nonprofits that serve African American communities in alphabetical order. Most of them are based in California, and a few are national organizations that also serve California.

Please know that Our Promise donors are able to make a donation to ANY nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status.

1. 100 Black Men of Sacramento

Tax ID # 94-1698065 | OP Code # 3074

Our mission is to improve the quality of life through mentoring and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for the underserved in our community.

2. Black Women for Wellness

Tax ID # 95-4624707 | OP Code # 13551

A multi-generational, community based organization implementing programs, conducting research and creating policy. Through education, outreach, civic engagement, media campaigns and trainings we are building health.

3. Black Youth Leadership Project

Tax ID # 32-0036076 | OP Code # 29053

Establishes, develops, and implements educational programs for Black youth in California centered on areas of leadership development, public speaking, legislative process, public service, cultural identity.

4. California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Tax ID # 68-0416294 | OP Code # 12055

The largest African American non-profit organization representing small and emerging businesses, affiliates and chambers throughout the state.

5. Institute for Black Charities

Tax ID # 52-2018919 | OP Code # 12004

Provides charitable programs in impoverished communities, aid to developing countries, emergency crisis relief supplies, services to bridge the divide for a better quality of life.

6. National Black Child Development Institute

Tax ID # 52-0908178 | OP Code # 435

Works to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through advocacy, education and other outreach programs.

7. Sisters Network Inc (Breast Cancer African American, Sisters Network Inc.)

Tax ID # 76-0480069 | OP Code # 18155

Speaking with one voice, we save lives by empowering women through support, education, financial assistance and promoting early detection through free mammography and ultrasound screenings.

8. The HAWK Institute

Tax ID # 46-2049487 | OP Code # 988079

The HAWK Institute is a college and career preparatory academy designed to inspire, educate and empower African American youth (ages 14-26).

9. Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Tax ID # 41-1750692 | OP Code # 4602

TMCF moves low-resource, high-achieving students attending publicly-supported HBCUs to and through college and into economically sustainable careers, through scholarships, capacity building and career preparation.

10. Unsung Heroes Living History Project

Tax ID # 20-1283318 | OP Code # 29073

To collect and preserve the narratives of veterans of African descent and their families, while teaching youth the documentary and exhibit process.

Please remember that Our Promise donors are able to make a donation to ANY nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status. Find thousands of other nonprofit organizations certified through Our Promise. Find more here.