Pan African Cultural Foundation (PACF) is an outstanding organization with a proud vision and distinct history. Established in 2017, after the formative period of the 2016 presidential election as a platform to build economic power, mobilize and unify the Pan African (African, African American, Caribbean, and Afro Latinx) Communities in Oregon. PACF joined the ranks of nonprofit organizations fighting for equitable pathways to prosperity for all in Oregon, while carving out its own unique identity that’s focused on addressing community deficits.
In 2019, the planning team launched an effort to maximize the organization’s impact in the Black Business community, to specifically address the lack of platforms for economic development activities in the Black community. While staying on course to the vision and mission of the organization, a new organizational name was officially adopted as Pan African Cultural Foundation.
The name change is rooted in the organization’s distinctiveness and rests upon a strong conviction that PACF offers something singular and valuable to Oregon’s economy. The name change which led to the development of this strategic plan, Our future, Our Plan, culminates in what we aspire to do, building on key strengths, to create central position for Pan African arts and culture and establish economic engines in the black communities.