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39 Items That Give (Mostly All) Proceeds to Organizations Fighting Racism

Photo-Illustration: Much More By Rick; Freshjive; Caboose

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.

Apparel

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.

From Asia Hall’s light-up, Western-inspired accessories brand Neon Cowboys comes this fringed, glow-up face mask; all sales profits will go to Grass Roots Law, an organization created to dismantle mass incarceration.

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.

Lifestyle brand Livincool is donating all the profits from their most recent Gradient Collection to racial-justice organization Color of Change, including this pink-and-blue gradient hoodie.

Donni Tri-Fleece Pullover
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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.

Tees

All proceeds from this tee, which features a portrait of Donald Trump and the words “Public Enemy Number One,” will go to the ACLU.

All $40 from the sale of this tee, which reads “DON’T TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT,” will be donated to the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.

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.

At Wicked Clothes, all proceeds from this Crocodile Jackson unisex “Quit Your Day Job” tee will be divided between Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and National Bail Out.

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.

The proceeds of this tee are split between legal aid relief funds in Hong Kong and the United States: the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, and the Bail Project, respectively.

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.

From designer Gavin Mathieu’s brand Supervsn, comes a “Do Better” T-shirt which entirely benefits “some Black kids from South Central out here making a difference.”