14 Jun עופר איתן Review: Where to Donate for Black Lives Matter: 135 Places & Funds
A young girl stands before at a memorial to Ahmaud Arbery, near the Georgia site where two white men, one a retired police officer, shot and killed him in February.
Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images
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 weeks, 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, Minnesota-based North Star Health Collective, Reclaim the Block, and Black Visions 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; this one that created by Margaret McCarron; this one created by artist Annika Hansteen-Izora; this one created by ThemsHealth, an Instagram wellness resource for the nonbinary community; and this one created by writer and activist Indigo.)
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 | Bail funds | Megafunds | Community restoration organizations | Community enrichment organizations | Youth-oriented community organizations | Community organizations serving disabled BIPOC | Policy reform organizations | Political organizations | Police reform organizations | Incarceration reform organizations | Legal defense funds and organizations | Black LGBTQ funds | Black LGBTQ organizations | Media organizations | Mental health organizations | Health-care funds and organizations
Donations will go toward supporting the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, James Scurlock, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and Breonna Taylor.
Donations will go toward paying bail/bonds to release protesters jailed in states with bail/bond systems. If you’d like to make a localized contribution to a bail fund in a city or state not shown below, the National Bail Fund Network lists the funds you can donate to in all states with bail/bond systems.
• People’s Program Bail Out Fund; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Columbus Freedom Fund; Columbus, Ohio
Single donations will be split between multiple organizations, with the ability to adjust what goes where.
• Donatex2; established by brand MSCHF, this fund will allocate donations to employees at large corporations that match those donations, to double the money given to entities including the ACLU, NAACP, and The Loveland Foundation
Donations will go toward rebuilding businesses and other parts of black communities where protests have occurred and/or have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
• Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition; Twin Cities, Minnesota
• The Lake Street Council; Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Pimento Relief Fund; Minneapolis, Minnesota
• West Broadway Business & Area Coalition; Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Rebuilding Oakland Black Businesses Fund; Oakland, California
• My Block My Hood My City; Chicago, Illinois
Donations will go toward arts, technical, or other programs for black and brown people.