Black Lives Matter: 9 Organizations to Donate to Today
After weeks of protests and swift reform on the part of lawmakers and police, the Black Lives Matter movement is rocking the pillars that uphold institutional racism and to date has swept some 2,000 cities in the U.S. and reached 60 other countries.
While there’s a lot written about how we can be better allies, how to find resources to educate ourselves and our kids on the experience of Black Americans, there’s so much more we can do. Chief among those is remembering to look farther down the road — beyond the immediate need to aid protesters and bolster Black-owned businesses — to ensure a future built on equity for marginalized people.
“It requires us to open our hearts, to listen to one another, and to commit ourselves to driving real and lasting change,” says Enrique Lores, HP’s president and CEO.
The HP Foundation, for its part, is pledging $500,000 to social justice organizations and has committed to double-matching employee contributions to some 20 groups, just a few of which are included below. HP is also hosting a series of town hall meetings for its 50,000 employees worldwide to identify the biggest opportunities to create a culture that’s not only inclusive, but actively anti-racist.
Here are four key areas where your support can make a difference for the long haul.
Investing in education and empowering youth
My Brother’s Keeper, an Obama Foundation project, supports young Black men to reach their full potential despite opportunity gaps in the education and job market. Grants have reached over $600 million for the organization, which helps students graduate from high school, advance to secondary education, and successfully enter the workforce.
Black Girls Code is a nonprofit that aims to increase the presence of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls ages seven to 17 to learn about computer science and technology. They host after school workshops with a goal to train 1 million girls by 2040 and fill the 1.4 million computing job openings in the U.S.
Elevating Black storytelling and cultural touchstones
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum that is dedicated to exploring and documenting African American life, history, and culture. It’s a Washington, D.C. institution that encourages everyone to learn about its more than 36,000 artifacts and the community that shaped our nation.
Black Artists + Designers Guild is a Brooklyn-based global platform that fosters the next generation of Black artists and designers by combating the lack of Black representation in the design industry. Donations made to the organization make it possible for its members to promote their work to a wider audience.
Advocating for legal justice and prison reform
Equal Justice Initiative is committed to fighting illegal convictions, unfair sentences, or abuse in incarcerations by providing legal representation. It aims to change the race narrative in America and has won major legal reforms for over 140 condemned people on death row. Its donations are used to end mass incarceration by protecting basic human rights for vulnerable individuals.
The Bail Project was created to pay bail for low-income individuals, which has reunited over 10,000 people with their families. The fund is placed to prevent mass incarceration and fight racial and economic disparities in the penal system.
Fostering equitable hiring and entrepreneurship
National Black MBA Association is the largest growing network of 20,000 Black professionals made to enable personal development, economic empowerment, and growth opportunities within careers and education systems. The organization funds scholarships for members’ to pursue secondary education.
YearUp closes the opportunity divide for vulnerable young adults by providing access to a wide range of job opportunities regardless of race, background, and socioeconomic status. It has a 90% success rate of graduates landing a job and/or postsecondary education after completing the program. Donations support students by funding certification exams and providing access to technology.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations with 16,000 active members across the U.S. NSBE was found to increase the representation of Black professionals in the fields of engineering and technology. Students are attracted to its opportunities in professional development, jobs, and internships to succeed in STEM careers.