Next Steps in Anti-Racism Response: Where to Donate and Who to Support

Review of the top credible organizations cited by activists and community leaders, most frequently supported by responding companies and considered to be making a tangible difference for communities of color. Consider donating to organizations that are seeking to create systematic change.

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Working in Corporate Social Responsibility, we all strive to take meaningful action when society calls on us to respond. Companies across all industries want to make a difference by acting on their stated values, revising long-held policies, and activating community support. In light of the ongoing tragedies of police brutality, now more than ever, companies are searching for community partners that are doing the much-needed work to create an equitable and safe society. The following nonprofits are the top credible organizations cited by activists and community leaders, most frequently supported by responding companies and considered to be making a tangible difference especially for Black Americans and communities of color.

 

Civil Rights and Intersectional Identity:

  1. National Black Justice Coalition -The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.

Legal Defense and Criminal Justice Reform:

  1. NAACP Legal Defense Fund -The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
  1. Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law -The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. 
  1. American Civil Liberties Union -The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  1. Equal Justice Initiative -The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

 

Policy Reform and Equal Representation:

  1. Black Futures Lab  -Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.

Police Brutality:

  1. Campaign Zero -We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.
  1. Black Lives Matter -Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
  1. Center for Policing Equity - Center for Policing Equity’s work continues to simultaneously aid police departments to realize their own equity goals as well as advance the scientific understanding of issues of equity within organizations and policing.

Political Engagement and Organizing:

  1. Movement For Black Lives -The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives.

Hopefully, your company will consider donating to organizations that are seeking to create systematic, sustainable change. Many of these national organization are getting a lot of positive attention and would be a great place to give your financial support. We also encourage you to seek out local, grassroots organizations contributing significantly to the communities of your employees, customers, and stakeholders.  Ask for suggestions from these groups as they know their communities best.

Together, we can create a society that is equitable and safe for communities of color.  

Em Clarke

Senior Manager, Corporate Solutions , Points of Light

Em Clarke has been with Points of Light for a year and a half working with corporate clients through POL's Corporate Solutions consulting practice. She is motivated by her work evaluating corporate accountability and social responsibility and has spent the last five years dedicated to improving the well being of local communities through global strategy and ensuring marginalized voices are heard when funders and decision makers choose to take interest. Upon receipt of her Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The University of Georgia, she joined the United Way system for several years before transitioning to Points of Light. Her professional experiences include managing teams of executives working collectively to design enterprise-wide programming, volunteer days of service, and funding strategies.
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