Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday Ideas

For Giving Tuesday this year, I’ve compiled a list of organizations that I believe are doing essential work to fight racism and injustice.

(I recognize that it is a privilege to be able to donate money, and don’t want to pressure anyone to donate to all--or any--of these causes.)

This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list of worthwhile organizations, just a starting point.   Leave more in the comments!



The People’s Institute For Survival and Beyond is a community organizing collective and home to the Undoing Racism Workshop. Donate here.

Colectivo Ilé works to fight racism, colonialism, sexism, and militarism in Puerto Rico. Learn more and donate to their Huracán María fund here.

The International Refugee Assistance Project (a sub-organization of the Urban Justice Center) mobilizes legal aid from lawyers and law students to advocate for human rights for displaced people and refugees. Donate here.

UndocuFund provides support to undocumented people in Sonoma County, CA, who were directly impacted by the recent wildfires and do not qualify for federal aid from FEMA. Donate here.

Thousand Currents funds and connects grassroots organizers who are working towards climate, food, and economic justice. They work primarily with organizations led by First/Native Nations people and women. Donate here.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit team of investigative journalists specifically dedicated to exposing corruption and abuses of power. Donate here.

The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, which includes classes for adults and an immersion school for children, works to reclaim and revive Wôpanâak (Wampanoag language), which European invaders killed for five generations. Donate here.

Safety Pin Box gives money directly to Black women who are organizing and serving Black people. Subscribe here, or just donate here.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund works for racial justice in the fields of criminal justice, education, voting rights, and more. Donate here.

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth and advocates for legal and systemic justice for LGBTQ people. Donate here.

The Center for Reproductive Rights advocates legally for reproductive freedom as a human right. Donate here.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded in 1971, advocates for many marginalized groups; it’s also the umbrella organization for Teaching Tolerance, which provides free resources to educators, and the Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups in the United States. Donate here.

Though I’ve done my best to vet all of these, I recognize that I can never 100% know whether an organization is guided by, and lives out, anti-racist principles, and am open to any feedback (use the comments).

-Allie Jane Bruce

5 comments:

Allie Jane Bruce said...

Already I need to add one - InterAct advocates for children born with intersex traits, through legal action, education, and communication. https://interactadvocates.org/about-us/mission-history/

Allie Jane Bruce said...

Gah! How could I forget - I, Too Arts Collective supports aspiring and emerging artists, and preserves the brownstone in Harlem that belonged to Langston Hughes. http://www.itooarts.com/

Elisa Gall said...

Thanks, Allie. I would add Donors Choose (https://www.donorschoose.org/), and a friend recently recommended The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights: https://www.theyoungcenter.org/.

Sam Bloom said...

I'd add CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) - they do great things to combat Islamophobia. https://www.cair.com/donations/general-donation-quran/#/

Theresa Milstein said...

I donate to this group: https://www.buildon.org/