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171 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color

A young girl stands before 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 unjust murders of Black and brown people — including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Tony McDade, Robert Fuller, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Maurice Gordon, Riah Milton, Malcolm Harsch, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks, and Oluwatoyin Salau — have mobilized millions to take action toward dismantling both overtly and subtly racist norms 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 months, 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 every day. (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 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 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, 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; this one, created by writer and activist Indigo; and this one, created by Reclaim the Block).

We’ve confirmed that any entity on this list is still taking donations at the time of publication and that those doing so less formally (like via Venmo or the Cash App) are providing receipts or are legitimate. 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 or bonds for demonstrators arrested at protests, to purchase protective equipment for 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 funds | Bail funds | Megafunds | Community-restoration organizations | Community-enrichment organizations | Youth-oriented community organizations | Community organizations serving disabled Black, brown, and indigenous people | 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

Victim funds

Bail funds