Woody Carter

March 4, 2009 7:10:54 PM PST
Woody Carter became the Executive Director of the Bay Area Black United Fund, Inc. (BABUF) in 1997. The organization serves five San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Since 1997, BABUF has distributed well over $1,000,000 in funding and allocations to over 60 agencies providing a wide and diverse array of direct services to address African American community self-help projects. In 2001, BABUF assumed the role of convener and resource "broker" for what is now referred to as the Bay Area African American Health Initiative (BAAAHI) which is a public/private partnership between three Bay Area public health departments, Kaiser Permanente, the YMCA of the East Bay, over a dozen non-profit organizations, a network of complimentary healers and community leaders working, together, to address the health crisis facing Bay Area African American communities. In this role BABUF has generated 1.75 million dollars since 2001 to convene two Bay Area African Americn Health Summits--attracting 4,000 attendees in 2003 and 8,000 attendees in 2005. The Fund also has launched what is fast becoming a movement to recruit, train, and support 4,650 Critical Mass Health Conductors through 2009. Harriet Tubman is the patron saint of this initiative and her life informs this work.

BABUF has received grant awards from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, the San Francisco Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and the Marin Community Foundation and other funders for re-granting purposes and to support this health initiative. The Fund recently received recognition awards from the Alameda County Public Health Department and The California Endowment for its outstanding and innovative work in addressing health inequities.

Prior to accepting his position at BABUF, Dr. Carter was an Associate Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco; served as Director of Foundation Support for the American Red Cross Bay Area, and Grants Manager for the National American Red Cross's Special Disaster Relief Fund set-up after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University, in Washington, D.C., a Masters degree from City University of New York, and a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, California.

For More Information: http://www.babuf.org