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142 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 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 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 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 entity on here, at the time of publication, is still taking donations right now, and that those doing so less formally (like via Venmo or CashApp) 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 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

Victim memorial funds

Donations will go toward supporting the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, James Scurlock, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Robert Fuller, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, and Breonna Taylor.

Elijah McClain Memorial Fund

Community Support for Robert Fuller

Rayshard Brooks Memorial Fund

George Floyd Memorial Fund

I Run With Maud

James Scurlock Memorial Fund

Tony Mcdade Memorial Fund

David McAtee Memorial Fund

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Gianna Floyd Fund

Bail funds

Donations will go toward paying bail or bonds to release protesters jailed in states with bail or 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 or bond systems.

The Bail Project

National Bail Out

National Bail Fund Network COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Atlanta Solidarity Fund

Louisville Community Bail Fund

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Philadelphia Bail Fund

Nashville Community Bail Fund

Dallas Bail Fund for Protesters

(F)empower Community Bond Fund

People’s Program Bail Out Fund; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Columbus Freedom Fund; Columbus, Ohio

Megafunds

Single donations will be split between multiple organizations, with the ability to adjust what goes where.

Act Blue Bail, Mutual Aid, and Racial Justice Organization Funds

Act Blue Racism and Police Brutality Funds

Act Blue Bail Funds

Community-restoration organizations and funds

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.

Mutual Aid

The Navajo Water Project

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

Community-enrichment organizations

Donations will go toward arts, technical, or other programs for Black and brown people.

R.E.S.I.S.T.

Black and Brown Founders

Black Table Arts

Embrace Race

Voix Noire

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

SoGal

Assata’s Daughters; Chicago, Illinois

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha; Twin Cities, Minnesota

Twin Cities Recovery Project; Twin Cities, Minnesota

Black Feminist Project; New York City

Tournament Haus Ballroom Microgrants; Portland, Oregon; Tacoma and Seattle, Washington

BOOM Concepts; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 Hood; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Youth-oriented community organizations

Donations will go toward funding initiatives for educating Black and brown youth, such as programs for coding, activism camps, and providing books for schools.

Integrate NYC

GirlTrek

Black Girls Code

Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp

The Conscious Kid

Pretty Brown Girl

Gyrl Wonder

D.R.E.A.M.

HOPE Crew: Hands-On Preservation Experience

Community organizations serving disabled BIPOC

Donations will go toward medical aid, financial aid, educational programs, and other services for disabled Black, indigenous people of color.

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities 

Ramp Your Voice! With Vilissa

Autistic People of Color Fund

Disability Justice Culture Club

Sins Invalid

The Harriet Tubman Collective

Policy-reform organizations

Donations will go toward legislative efforts to overturn systemically racist policies at either national, state, or local levels.

American Civil Liberties Union

Black Lives Matter Global Network

Color of Change Education Fund

Advancement Project

Community Justice Action Fund

Anti-Racism Fund

Moms Demand Action; donations will be matched dollar for dollar by Everytown, Moms Demand Action’s parent organization

Faith in Texas

Take Action Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Austin Justice Coalition; Austin, Texas

Dallas Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression; Dallas, Texas

The Refugee Dream Center; Rhode Island

Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance; Rhode Island

Political organizations

Donations will go toward Black-voter education initiatives and supporting Black political candidates.

Fair Fight; national, but mainly Georgia

Black Voters Matter Fund

Woke Vote

Higher Heights

The Collective Political Action Committee

Police-reform organizations

Donations will go toward police-reform initiatives, including efforts to redistribute police funding to other social services.

The National Police Accountability Project

Campaign Zero

Communities United for Police Reform

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Equality for Flatbush; Brooklyn, New York

Incarceration-reform organizations

Donations will go toward prison-reform efforts to stop excessive punishment, mass incarceration, incarceration in general, and the creation of new jails and prisons.

Release Aging People in Prison

No New Jails NYC

Equal Justice Initiative

Prison Book Program

Dream Defenders

Vera Institute of Justice

Legal defense funds and organizations

Donations will go toward legal aid and education for Black, brown, and other minority groups.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Legal Rights Center

Amistad Law Project

Transgender Law Center Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project

Moral Governance; San Diego, California

Restoring Justice; Texas

Up Against The Law Legal Collective; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Black LGBTQ funds

Donations will go toward providing immediate mental-health and health-care support, monetary support, and education to Black LGBTQ communities.

Third Wave Fund

The Heavenly Angel Fund Project

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition COVID-19 Community Response Grant

The Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund

Homeless Black Trans Women Fund; Atlanta, Georgia

Black Trans Travel Fund; New York City

Emergency Release Fund; New York City

F2L Relief Fund; New York State

For The Gworls Party; donations are collected through Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App

Black LGBTQ organizations

Donations will go toward providing ongoing mental-health and health-care support, monetary support, and education to Black LGBTQ communities.

The Transgender District

Brave Space Alliance

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Okra Project

Black AIDS Institute

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society

Trans Justice Funding Project

Vocal New York; New York State

House of GG; Arkansas

Youth Breakout; New Orleans, Louisiana

Solutions Not Punishment; Atlanta, Georgia

Trans Cultural District; San Francisco, California

The Audre Lorde Project; New York City

Princess Janae Place; New York City

Media organizations

Donations will go toward organizations that support Black and brown journalists or focus on issues central to communities of color, including criminal-justice reform.

The Marshall Project

Unicorn Riot

Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting

Migizi

Mental-health organizations

Donations will go toward providing mental-health care and education to Black communities and individuals.

The Loveland Foundation

Black Girl in Om

Sista Afya

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

You Good Sis Yoga Collective

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Peoples Oakland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Health-care funds and organizations

Donations will go toward providing medical aid, including COVID-19 and reproductive care, to Black, brown, and other minority communities.

National Black Disability Coalition

BET and United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund

Mobile Outreach and Outdoor Drop-In

Sister Song

COVID-19 Bail Out NYC; New York City

EMW Women’s Surgical Center

Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief

Orenda Tribe COVID Response

Dennehotso Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

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142 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities