Creating equal access to the arts, technology, health services, and recreation

The Mambira Foundation:

  • Produces fundraising events, classes, and workshops to enhance cultural diversity and gender equity.

  • Partners with individuals and organizations to implement cultural, artistic, technological, health, and recreational programs.

  • Benefits disenfranchised and underserved populations.


“Changemakers are people who can see the patterns around them, identify the problems in any situation, figure out ways to solve the problem, organize fluid teams, lead collective action, and then continually adapt as situations change.”

Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka


Changemaker Activities

Whether we are partnering with existing organizations to increase their impact or working on the ground to establish community-based development projects, Mambira Foundation is always striving toward making the world a more inclusive and just place. Please join us!

Crowdsourcing to Benefit Underserved Communities

Producing fun donor experiences and events for all.

Workshops and classes

Enhancing Cultural Diversity and Gender Equity

Providing arts, technology, and recreational workshops and classes

Rebuilding a Zimbabwean Arts Community

A $10,000 USD capital campaign for the Mzilikazi Youth Center in Zimbabwe.


Upcoming Events

  • Union Fest
    Mar 13, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST
    Mambira Foundation, Eugene NAACP, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, We All Rise, the University of Oregon Music Industry Collective, and the UO School of Music and Dance proudly host Union Fest, a free virtual festival celebrating Black art and artists
  • Spend New Year's Day with Thomas Mapfumo and Ratie D
    Jan 01, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST
    We are excited to announce a New Year's Day event that can be livestreamed around the world. John Mambira will be interviewing Thomas Mapfumo, Ratie D, and Idit Shner as they reflect on the concerts they collaborated on together to support the borehole drilling project at Mzilikazi Youth Center.
  • The Good Neighbors Concert
    Mambira Foundation
    Aug 22, 2020, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
    Mambira Foundation, 2449 Polk St, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
    Join the Mambira Foundation for a special evening of jazz music presented as a direct collaboration and melding of musical communities. All proceeds support the Mambira Foundation's campaign to fund a well in Zimbabwe.
  • Black Freedom Concert
    Studio 541 Productions - Facebook
    Jun 26, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
    Studio 541 Productions - Facebook
    The Mambira Foundation, in partnership with Studio 541 Productions, presents a live stream event: “Black Freedom Concert” featuring Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited.
  • Eugene's Annual Mardi Gras
    Sessions Music Hall
    Feb 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Sessions Music Hall, 44 E 7th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA
    A night filled with the flair, fun, music, dance & art that Mardi Gras demands, with a Eugene twist! For all the details visit Eugene Mardi Gras on Facebook.

Ground Reports 

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Mambira Foundation for the Arts, Technology, and Recreation emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2000, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.


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