14 Charities (and Organizations) That Need Your Support Right Now
Help the Black Lives Matter movement by supporting one of the charities or organizations that are helping people with bail funds, to rebuild after protests, and fight for change in their community.
The unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and many more have sparked a demand for justice and racial equality around the world. Unfortunately, police brutality and wrongful killings of Black people are nothing new in America, and change needs to happen right now. People have been protesting in the streets, spreading awareness on social media, educating themselves, having tough conversations with family and friends, and donating to charities and organizations that need help during this movement. If you are in a position to give, below are charities that help support the fight against racism, support the individuals and families of those who lost their lives, and could bring us closer to a solution. Also, read up on these other ways you can support the Black Lives Matter movement and become anti-racist.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Their mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” They’re working to abolish systematic racism and to create space for black innovation and joy.
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. is our country’s best legal organization fighting for racial justice. Their mission statement says, “Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.” When you donate you’re able to choose where your money is directed. The options include police reform and the death penalty, voting rights, Thurgood Marshall Institute, education, economic equity, affirmative action, scholarship program, alumni fund, or you can select to have your donation go wherever it’s needed most. If you’re going to protest, make sure you change your phone settings before you head out.
The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation helps communities of color, especially women and girls, in need of mental health support. Their website states, “Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.” The non-profit is looking to raise enough money to offer over 5,000 free hours of therapy sessions to black women and girls.
Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund
Du Nord Craft Spirits is a Black-owned distillery in the city of Minneapolis. Unfortunately, when the riots broke out, their building was destroyed. They set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to rebuild and ended up receiving “a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation.” Since Du Nord now has enough to rebuild, they are going to be allocating the leftover funds, and funds that are still coming in to help fix other black and brown companies affected by the riots.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to ensure that our country lives up to the promise of the United States Constitution by pushing for structural reform. One part of that is fighting for reimagined policing and law enforcement. Currently, the ACLU and the ACLU of Minnesota are working together to conduct a fair and honest investigation into the death of George Floyd. If you choose to donate to other organizations, make sure you know how to spot a fake donation scam first.
COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund
Even though the fight against racism is at the top of everyone’s minds right now, we are still in the midst of a deadly pandemic. The COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund was set up to help people that contract the virus while out protesting as well as those injured while out protesting and fighting for social change. The money raised will go toward testing for COVID-19, hospital bills associated with COVID-19 or injuries obtained at protests, as well as bail relief and/or court expenses for protesters.
Minnesota Youth Collective
The Minnesota Youth Collective works to empower young people—currently the largest age group in Minnesota—to become leaders and gives them the tools they need to be their own advocate. Young minds can help fight the biggest challenges in today’s society including racism, student loan debt, sexism, climate chaos, and many more. Donate to help the youth make the communities they’re a part of a better place for everyone to live.
Community Bail Funds
When you donate to this community bail fund, your contribution will be evenly split among 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers. The donation form lets you allocate your funds differently between the different groups if you so choose. Also, if you want to get a local bail fund in your area added to the page there is a contact listed on the page for you to do it.
Campaign Zero is working to end police brutality by calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take action and change to use data-driven policy solutions to hold police accountable. Some of those things include fair police union contracts, body cams, limiting the use of force, and changes to the way police are trained. Here’s why desegregation didn’t put an end to racism in America.
Color of Change
Color of Change is the largest online racial justice organization in the country. Their website states, “We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.”
Reclaim the Block
Reclaim the Block was started in 2018 with the mission to move money away from the police department and into other areas of the city’s budget to promote community health and safety in Minneapolis. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, they have called on Minneapolis City Council to defund the city’s police department and invest in other ways of keeping the community safe, especially the black communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color. You can donate as well as sign their petition on their website.
The Equal Justice Initiative
Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, The Equal Justice Initiative “is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.” They work to provide legal representation to those who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails or prisons. They also help to provide re-entry assistance to people that have been previously imprisoned. Here’s why you should stop saying “I don’t see color.”
Know Your Rights Camp
Colin Kaepernick founded Know Your Rights Camp to educate the black and brown youth of America through seminars. Their website states, “Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” Currently, they are teaming up with defense lawyers in Minneapolis to help those in need right now.
Pimento Relief Fund
The Pimento Relief Fund is providing black businesses in Minnesota with insurance relief after their buildings were ruined by fires set by white supremacists during the protests. Their goal is to reach $1 million. Now, read these powerful quotes that speak volumes in the fight against racism.
For more on this important issue, see our guide to the Fight Against Racism.