15 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color repost from NYMAG
The protests against police brutality and the recent unjust murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and Tony McDade have mobilized millions to take action toward dismantling both overtly and subtly racist ideologies and policies entrenched in American life.
This action can take different forms, including (but not limited to) protesting, educating, listening,\ consciously shopping, and, of course, donating.
When it comes to the latter, over the past week, you've probably seen a lot of people donating to a lot of things. Here, we've compiled and vetted as many of those things as we could to create a guide for anyone with the means and interest in donating as a form of taking action today or everyday. (To jump straight to the guide, click here.) It should go without saying that while expansive, this guide is nowhere near complete, and will be updated as we identify and vet new entities (or see others --- like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and Minnesota-based North Star Health Collective --- directing potential patrons elsewhere because they have all the money they need right now).
In addition to sourcing entities from lists already created by our sister sites the Cut and the Verge, this guide includes other funds, organizations, and individual activists collecting donations that we've vetted after seeing them on social media or in resource documents being widely shared (including this one created by graduate students at the University of Washington's School of Public Health; this one created by leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement; this one shared by influencer-activist Patia of Patia's Fantasy World; and this one that was created by Margaret McCarron).
We've confirmed that any entities on here, at the time of publication, are still taking donations right now, and that those doing so less formally (like via Venmo or CashApp) are providing receipts or are legitimate, based on reputable social-media sources vouching for them. If you want to donate to or read more about each entity, simply click on a name.
We've also broken up the various ways to donate by how recipients promise to use any money received, whether that's to post bail/bonds for demonstrators arrested at protests, to purchase protective equipment to protesters on the front lines, to invest in rebuilding black communities where protests have occurred, or to invest in community enrichment programs for black and brown youth. While many of the entities on this list operate nationally, we've noted which operate on a state or local level, in case you're looking to make more targeted contributions.
Victim memorial funds | Frontline funds | Community restoration organizations | Community enrichment organizations | Youth-oriented community organizations | Policy reform organizations | Political organizations | Police reform organizations | Incarceration reform organizations | Legal defense funds and organizations | Black LGBTQ funds | Black LGBTQ organizations | Black and brown media organizations | Mental health organizations | Health-care funds and organizations