Time To Build.
Together We Rise!
"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come."
- Victor Hugo
WHAT IS THE BLACK ACHIEVEMENT FUND?
"At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence."
"...all races that have got upon their feet have done so largely by laying an economic foundation, and, in general, by beginning in a proper cultivation and ownership of the soil."
- Booker T. Washington
“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson
The mission of the Black Achievement Fund is to recycle Black wealth back into black communities, creating a sustainable independent source of capital to fund a national Black economic and community development agenda.
To establish this billion-dollar bank account we need at least 10 million Black people to contribute at least $9 a month to the BAF. This will generate $90 million a month, and over $1 billion a year to fund and sustain all of our free and at-cost programs and services outlined in this pamphlet and detailed on our website.
MEMBERSHIP IS COMPLETELY FREE UNTIL WE REACH OUR 10 MILLION MEMBER/$1 BILLION CAMPAIGN GOAL! We simply require a ONE-TIME good faith contribution of $9 to confirm your future commitment and to help fund the campaign.
With its billion dollar bank account, the BAF will spearhead the grand development of Black America by economically empowering Black people and rebuilding Black communities through our 12 program departments that include: real estate development, education, healthcare, small business loans and support, nonprofit grants and scholarships, manufacturing and transportation, farming and agriculture, banking and financial services, community and culture, international affairs, and a special initiatives department that focuses on innovative programs and services that fall outside of these categories.
Our goal is to harness the capital and talent of Black people to foster a new Black Renaissance that reflects the collective genius of people of African descent. Through the Black Achievement Fund, Our World Is In Our Hands.
To sign-up 10 million members the BAF is launching a nationwide campaign that starts NOW! With YOU!
We need 25,000 founding members, or to raise $250,000 to begin our public presentations and info sessions.
Membership to The Black Achievement Fund is open to anyone 16 years and older who believes in its mission, vision and Guiding Principles regardless of "race," gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or political preference.
Membership is completely free during the campaign! We cannot fund any of BAF’s programs until we reach our campaign goal, so we will not collect any membership fees until we achieve our 10 million member/$1 billion goal. However, we require all new members to make a one-time good faith $9 contribution to confirm your future commitment, and to help fund our campaign. Members will be required to make their first membership contribution within 7 days after we announce that we have reached our 10 million member/$1 billion campaign goal.
Founding members will receive a unique signed membership card and special recognition on the Wall of Unity Monument we will build after we reach our campaign goal. Your membership is a blunt confirmation of your trust and belief in Black people and silences the propaganda that “Black people cannot unite and do not trust each other to prosper.”
YOU are an indispensable component to our success! Join now and become part of the solution. Time To Build. Together We Rise!
WHY WE EXIST?
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
- Barack Obama
"Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise."
- Maya Angelou
In 1865 African Americans won their freedom in America after nearly two centuries of enslavement. They were given neither land nor reparations, and offered little protection against their former slavemasters and hostile racist White neighbors. For the next century, African American progress was thwarted at every turn, and in the South slavery was virtually re-instituted through the system of sharecropping, "Black laws' and lynch law. Yet Black people continued to express faith in God, and in the principals of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Through blood, sweat and tears they forced America to recognize their freedom and humanity, and together they persevered through a system created to ensure their failure.
Today Black Americans are a powerhouse in America; a sleeping giant with boundless potential. The 45.6 million black people living in America produce nearly $1 trillion a year in income and have created over 2.6 million black-owned businesses and firms that generate over $187 billion in annual revenues and employ nearly 300,000 people. There are over 9,000 black elected officials in America including mayors, judges, congressmen and senators, and to our astonishment we witnessed the first African American president. Black Americans have attained 4.5 million Bachelor’s degrees, 1.1 million Master’s degrees and 150,000 Doctorate degrees in virtually every field of study, and they continue to be pioneers in math and science, arts and letters, business, medicine, and sports and entertainment. Black culture has become mainstream and its influence is global.
Yet despite these impressive statistics, structural racism continues to limit the potential of Black people and Black communities. Black people themselves must create the means to actualize their full potential. The Black Achievement Fund is the vehicle. The BAF focuses on the Black community's positions of strength and creates a sustainable solution for Black economic empowerment that will alter the course of history. You are a part of that solution. Our world is in our hands.
OUR ECONOMIC MODEL
“We must honestly admit that Capitalism has often left a gulf between superfluous wealth and abject poverty… The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cut-throat competition and selfish ambition that inspire men to be more I-centered than thou centered... The good and just society is…a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Black Achievement Fund’s economic model is simple, yet powerful and sustainable. It is based on collective economics and a humanitarian philosophy of people and planet over profits. All of the BAF’s programs and services are free or at-cost to members, and all of the BAF’s capital and assets are collectively owned and controlled by its members. In addition, the BAF has a $15 minimum wage, a 4-day workweek, and 4 weeks of paid vacation for all BAF employees.
Through our model of collective economics the BAF does not seek to generate private profits from its businesses and services. Instead, the private profit becomes “social” profit in the form of endless free programs and services for BAF members, lower prices for goods and services, job creation, and higher salaries for BAF employees (over the first 5 years the BAF will create thousands of high paying jobs and pay over $1.5 billion in salaries to BAF members). Any miscellaneous profit or profit generated from investments is recycled back into the BAF.
Perhaps the most important aspect of our economic model is that it is completely sustainable by Black capital. Our Membership contributions fund 100% of our operations. And more importantly, our monthly membership fee is affordable to all Black Americans, only $9 a month – less than the cost of a Netflix subscription. With 10 million members (there are 50 million Black people in the U.S.), the BAF generates $90 million each month, and over $1 billion each year to fund our free and at-cost programs and services. Our economic model does not require the BAF to seek any outside grants or loans from foundations or corporations to sustain its operations. By Year 5, we project nearly 15 million members and operating capital of $5 billion.
WHY THE "BLACK" ACHIEVEMENT FUND?
"Racism will never end...if people still use black to symbolize bad luck and white to symbolize peace..."
- Robert Mugabe
"Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being."
There are two principle reasons we use the word “Black” in our name. For one, to end racism you must end racist thought. As Europeans began enslaving Africans, the word “black” took on a negative meaning in Western culture. Almost everything in European culture related to the word “black” is negative. For example, the terms “Black market,” “Black mail,” “Black ball,” “Black list,” “Black” lie, are all negative phrases that interpret the word black as sinister, evil, and unlucky. On the other hand, everything associated with the word “white” or “Whiteness” has positive meanings in Western society. The BAF is redefining the word “Black” by associating it with Achievement instead of despair. Black is beautiful. It should not be a bad word.
Secondly, and more profoundly, the BAF uses “Black” in its title because it is modeled on an African philosophy of collectivism and cooperation as opposed to a Western philosophy of individualism and competition. This distinction is critical to understanding the spirit of the BAF as all BAF programs and services will incorporate this worldview while respecting all “races” and forms of individual expression.
WHO IS BLACK???
“There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct... it has a social function, racism.”
- Toni Morrison
There is but one race – the human race. Race and racism are socially constructed concepts created to justify African slavery and White Supremacy. We answer this question to make clear whom this program is intended to help. As defined in America, the BAF considers anyone with “one drop” of African blood “Black.” However, the BAF is open to anyone who believes in its mission and Guiding Principles regardless of “race.” We encourage the participation of anyone who wants to see the Black community prosper. Furthermore, we understand that the “Black” community is not monolithic in thought. We embrace all members regardless of their political beliefs, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, country of birth, or shade of skin. What unites us is greater than what separates us.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro." The Black Achievement Fund is here to do just that - provide Black people with a special economic stimulus program that is dedicated exclusively to improving the economic and social conditions of Black people and their communities.