While donating directly to local, Black-led organizations is the most effective way to financially support the struggle against police brutality, if you’re already in the market for a Father’s Day gift or your quarantine partner’s birthday is coming up, consider buying one of these items that gives back to an organization fighting racism. Here, we’ve rounded up items from smaller brands — many owned by people of color — that are donating all of the profit or proceeds of certain items (or in some cases, all of their sales throughout this week or month) to anti-racism and anti–police brutality organizations. Whether you want an Assata Shakur tote, a fringed, glow-up face mask, or a print to frame in your room, we’ve included everything from apparel and tees to beauty and wellness items, and home goods.
If you see something that you like, don’t dillydally: Some of these items are in low stock, and other brands are only donating profits through this week or weekend. Plus, these organizations need your donations now.
During the month of June, you can buy fabric face masks at Agolde and Citizens Humanity and donate money — in this case 100 percent of the retail selling price, sans sales tax and shipping charges — to organizations that fight injustice. The racial justice organizations include Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, Rebuild Foundation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Real Justice, and the ACLU.
All of the proceeds from the Lady White Co. x Reproduction of Found sneaker collaboration will be donated to Reclaim the Block, a Minneapolis-based coalition that organizes to divest from policing and invest in long-term, community-led safety alternatives. With 100 sneakers for sale at $108 each, that’s up to $108,000 in donations. Don’t dillydally: Only several sizes are still in stock.
Another piece of outerwear that gives back is this tricolor fleece from Donni (junior writer Chloe Anello’s fuzzy layer of choice): On Juneteenth — this Friday — all proceeds from the brand’s online sales will be donated to the Bail Project, an organization that combats mass incarceration and pretrial injustices through its National Bail Fund.
Through June 19, the unisex boxers-with-pockets brand Jambys is donating all of its profits to three organizations: The Bail Project; The Okra Project, which brings free meals to Black trans folks; and Harlem Lacrosse, an organization that empowers middle-and high-schoolers in Harlem through academic support and lacrosse instruction. These “supersoft” shorts are Jenna Milliner-Waddell’s loungewear of choice, and both she and writer Liza Corsillo say they’re comfortable enough to sleep in.
For the month of June, Peter Do, known for its functional and minimalist women’s clothing, is also donating proceeds to Color of Change, the Black Visions Collective, a queer-led and trans-centered organization in Minneapolis dedicated to Black liberation, and the Black Youth Project 100, which amplifies the voices of young Black people through political engagement tools. Even if $195 is more than you would usually pay for a tank top, this one is in solidarity.
Rapper Saweetie just launched a size-inclusive collection with POC-owned fashion brand PrettyLittleThing, and all proceeds from the sales of this “At Home with Saweetie” collection will be donated to Black Lives Matter. That includes a fabric face mask emblazoned with diamonds, lots of tie-dye sets, and this neon printed bodycon dress, which is available up to a size 22.
Black-owned streetwear brand Renowned L.A. is donating all proceeds from this Heroes of Blackness tee — which depicts people and symbols that represent the post-civil rights fight for Black freedom — to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Black Lives Matter, and Reclaim the Block.
The proceeds of this graphic tee — which is emblazoned with the phrase “Black lives matter” four times on the back — will be equally distributed between Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Grassroots Law Project, which combines grassroots organizing and legal expertise to transform justice and policing.
From creative cultural agency AB Media Group, which centers female and minority brands, and SHFT World, a creative site that empowers communities of color, comes a T-shirt collaboration that equally splits all proceeds to the George Floyd Memorial Fund and the Black Visions Collective. The line also includes three other tees that read his, her, and their Black lives matter.
Checks n Balances is currently selling three tees that benefit Black Lives Matter and the Black-led National Bail Out collective, including this one which is printed with an alarm clock that reads, “No more snoozing it’s time to wake up America.”
Created by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., all the profits from this tee will be donated to Black Lives Matter. On the front, the shirt is emblazoned with the words “I Still Can’t Breath,” and the back reads “No Justice No Peace.”
Streetwear brand Diet Starts Monday just released a collection of $40 tees that equally distribute 100 percent of profits to National Bail Out, Reclaim the Block, and Color of Change. This red one reads “Fight the power” on the front and “Stop killing Black people” on the back.
All of the profits from this Freshjive tee are donated to the Equal Justice Initiative, which was founded by Bryan Stevenson and is committed to “ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenge racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable,” reads the John F. Kennedy quote on the front of this long sleeve from One of These Days. The brand is equally splitting all proceeds of this shirt to eight organizations through the Justice for George Floyd Act Blue site.
From the deathcore band Lorna Shore comes a Black Lives Matter tee that benefits the Bail Project and Campaign Zero, a police reform campaign. The shirt depicts a split image of past and present racial-justice rallies, and the back reads “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.”
For those interested in donating to local chapters, the proceeds of this shirt will be equally split between Black Lives Matter L.A., and the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Dallas, Texas.
Another local donation comes from Ferris’s Black-owned and -operated business Do Not Disturb, which is donating all proceeds from its Black Lives Matter Collection — including this Black Lives Matter Worldwide tee — to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, supporting Atlanta-based protesters with bail and legal aid.
Designed by Jeremy Karl on behalf of the Artists for Asian-American Federation, this tee, which reads “Yellow peril supports Black power,” demonstrates Asian and Black solidarity, with all profits going to the Anti-Police Terror Project, a Black-led, multiracial organization fighting police brutality, while supporting Black communities.
Beauty and wellness
During the first week of June, the woman-of-color-owned natural beauty brand Cocokind donated over $55,000 to eight different anti-racism organizations with the sale of their beloved chlorophyll mask. Now through June 20, in partnership with Jeannette Ogden, the brand is donating 100 percent of the profits from the sale of their sea kale clay mask to the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, an organization that advances Black maternal health, rights, and justice throughout and after pregnancy.
Since June 1, jewelry brand J. Hannah has donated all of their online proceeds of Dune — the brand’s most recent nail polish color — to human rights nonprofits, in perpetuity. The Los Angeles–based brand split their first set of donations between the NAACP, Los Angeles Community Action Network, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund (which is now on pause for donations, and is directing folks to donate to community-building funds in Minneapolis, including Rebuild Lake Street, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, and Friends of HLC). “With the current amount of polish we have in stock we have the collective potential to donate $100k, and will continue to re-stock henceforth,” wrote the brand on Instagram.
Through tomorrow, Great Jones is donating all profits from their past week of sales to three organizations: the grassroots, Pan-African and Pan-Indigenous farming collective Black Earth Farms, which is currently delivering free food to Black people arrested during protests in Oakland; Black & Brown Founders, an organization that helps Black and Latinx entrepreneurs launch and build start-ups; and the Know Your Rights Camp, an education initiative for youth of color, started by Colin Kaepernick. If your go-to sheet pan is looking a little worse for wear by this point in quarantine, might we suggest Great Jones’s expert-approved and Strategist reader-beloved Holy Sheet Pan.
Printed Matter, an NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to artists’ books, is donating 100 percent of select editions’ sales over the course of the next few weeks to Black Lives Matter, the National Lawyers Guild, and Mutual Aid NYC. Their seven-piece solidarity and support edition features pieces by artists of color, including a screen print by Laylah Ali called Comfort With Rage, which interrogates cultural, racial, and sexual boundaries.
The Earth Issue, a U.K.-based collective of artists who work at the intersection of fine arts and environmentalism, has collaborated with 80 artists to launch the Freedom Fundraiser, a print sale in June, from which all proceeds (barring printing and shipping costs) will be donated to reader-nominated, anti-racism organizations and funds in contributions of £5,000 each (that’s about $6,200). Every print is priced at about $126, plus shipping fees, including this print of Enam Asiama, which photographer Angelo Formatto initially shot for Vogue Portugal.
Seattle-based nonprofit and film and art center Northwest Film Forum is donating all proceeds from their online June film screenings to organizations that empower the Black community. Each film indicates which organization it benefits at purchase, and Tangerine — a movie about a transgender sex worker’s relationship with her pimp — benefits the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network.
Designer Jonathan Cohen is donating all of the proceeds from this hand-drawn and customizable “bouquet” to the Bail Project. This bouquet is the first in his virtual “flower shop” — which sought to raise donations for frontline charities during coronavirus — to honor George Floyd.
Through June, the lifestyle boutique Adaptations NY will donate all the proceeds of their hand-poured scented candles to the Black Visions Collective. Several candles have already sold out, but this smoky scented white amber candle is still in stock.
This “Assata Shakur Is Welcome Here” tote is now available for presale on Rick Dove’s website, with all proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter. While this tote is currently out of stock, it will be back in stock on June 19.
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