The protests against police brutality and the recent unjust murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and Tony McDade have mobilized millions to take action toward dismantling both overtly and subtly racist ideologies 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 week, 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, and Minnesota-based North Star Health 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; and this one that was created by Margaret McCarron).
We’ve confirmed that any entities on here, at the time of publication, are still taking donations right now, and that those doing so less formally (like via Venmo or CashApp) are providing receipts or are legitimate, based on reputable social-media sources vouching for them. 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/bonds for demonstrators arrested at protests, to purchase protective equipment to 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 | Frontline funds | Community restoration organizations | Community enrichment organizations | Youth-oriented community organizations | 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, and Breonna Taylor.
Donations will go toward paying bail/bonds to release protesters jailed in states with bail/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/bond systems.
• People’s Program Bail Out Fund; Oakland, California
• Columbus Freedom Fund; Columbus, Ohio
Single donationswill be split between multiple organizations, with the ability to adjust what goes where.
Donations, made via Venmo, Cash App or PayPal, will go directly into the pockets of activists and organizers on the front lines of protests.
• Mitch Gayns’s community supplies fund; donations go to Gayns, the host of Those Peoplepodcast and a Boston-based protester who is using the funds for supplies — such as snacks, Band-Aids, and flashlights — for protesters, and providing receipts for purchases on his Twitter feed.
• Isak Douah Minneapolis Gas Mask Fund; donations go to Douah, who is using the money to buy gas masks for black youth activists on the front lines to protect them against tear gas used by the police.
• Black Earth Farms Food Delivery Fund; donations go to Oakland, California–based Black Earth Farms, which is cooking and delivering food to black protesters who have been arrested, bailed, or injured.
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 particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
• 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.
• 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
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.
Policy reform organizations
Donations will go toward legislative efforts to overturn systemically racist policies at either national, state, or local levels.
• Black Visions Collective: Minnesota
• Take Action Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina
• Austin Justice Coalition; Austin, Texas
• Dallas Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression; Dallas, Texas
Donations will go toward black-voter education initiatives and supporting black political candidates.
• Fair Fight; National, but mainly Georgia
Police reform organizations
Donations will go toward police reform initiatives, including efforts to redistribute police funding to other social services.
• 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.
Legal defense funds and organizations
Donations will go toward legal aid and education for black, brown, and other minority groups.
Moral Governance; San Diego, California
Restoring Justice; Texas
Black LGBTQ funds
Donations will go toward providing immediate mental health and health-care support, monetary support, and education to black LGBTQ communities.
• 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.
• 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
• Vocal New York; New York State
• Princess Janae Place; New York City
Donations will go toward organizations that support black and brown journalists or focus on issues central to communities of color, including criminal-justice reform.
Mental health organizations
Donations will go toward providing mental health care and education to black communities and individuals.
• 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.
• COVID-19 Bail Out NYC; New York City