A History of Making a Difference
In 1982, we won a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey to solicit donations from employees through payroll deduction plans. This landmark decision has enabled hundreds of non-United Way organizations to participate in work site solicitations. It also helped us to gain access to corporate campaigns through the strategic alliance between companies and their African American employees at Bell Laboratories and AT&T.
In 1995, we purchased the Ambrose/Ward Mansion in East Orange to establish a cultural and educational center for the City of East Orange and the region of Essex County. The mansion also serves as our headquarters, as well as a venue for special occasions, meetings, and community events.
Charted in 1994, BUF Health & Human Services Corporation is a non-profit organization that promotes the interest, welfare, education and social development of the African American community in New Jersey by actively working to develop welfare, educational and social programs.
In 1994, BUF purchased a 50,000 sq. foot facility to help revitalize the community of Plainfield, NJ. The building houses: an auditorium; a swimming pool, sauna and steamroom; classrooms; cafeteria and kitchen; office space. The HHS Community Center facility is available for events.
In 2004, the Black United Fund of New Jersey became the African American Fund of New Jersey. Although our name changed, our philosophy, commitments, resources and location remain the same.