For decades, Black people and people of color (PoC) in America have been the victims of unresolved, systemic racism, reflected especially in the repeated, unjustified loss of Black lives at the hands of racially-motivated violence, unlawful use of police force, unequal access to healthcare, and more. 

But Americans are rising up. In addition to protesting en masse, engaging lawmakers, and creating more room for Black voices, people are making or increasing their donations to civil rights nonprofits by millions.

These organizations—plus dozens more—need our donations right now in order to afford all available resources necessary to triple their efforts, and hurry to end racial injustice once and for all

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In addition to civil rights and Black Lives Matter nonprofits, there are also some personal funds and community causes you might consider giving to:

Donate to these 10 Nonprofits that Support Black Lives Matter and Civil Rights

1. The Leadership Conference Education Fund

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For donors who want to:

Help stop racism from the inside out—systemically, and through America’s legislative and judicial systems—by helping to protect vulnerable citizens, and while teaching Americans 1) that racism still exists, 2) why it exists, and 3) how we can stop it.

What is the Leadership Conference Education Fund’s Mission?

“Build an America as good as its ideals.” (Source)

How to Donate to the Leadership Conference Education Fund

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

2. Equal Justice Initiative

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For donors who want to:

Help stop the disproportionate imprisonment and sentencing of Black people and people of color, help ensure all Americans receive fair trials, help free unjustifiably incarcerated Americans, and provide additional support and resources to impoverished communities.

What is the Equal Justice Initiative’s Mission?

“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.” (Source)

How to Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

3. Black Lives Matter

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For donors who want to:

Fund a nonprofit visibly acting to turn up the volume on all Black voices—including those of LGBTQ+ Black people, women, those living with disabilities, and more—in the media, on the streets, nationwide, and within thousands of local communities.

What is Black Lives Matter’s Mission?

“We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.” (Source)

How to Donate to Black Lives Matter

4. American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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For donors who want to:

Fund the work of a nationally renown nonprofit with a vibrant, storied history, a decades-long record of historic court and social wins for marginalized Americans and minority groups, and a wide reach that extends across and beyond the Black community.

What is the American Civil Liberties Union’s Mission?

“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.” (Source)

How to Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

5. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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For donors who want to:

Help a nationally-renowned organization with a series of historic wins protect the rights of Black people and people of color in America, and provide legal defense for victims of racial discrimination today.

What is NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Mission?

“…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. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments..” (Source)

How to Donate to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

6. Black Voters Matter (BVM) Capacity Building Institute

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For donors who want to:

Help ensure all Black Americans are given an equal opportunity to vote in all elections, by ensuring they have all the same resources, information, and empowerment afforded to other communities.

What is the BVM Capacity Building Institute Mission?

“Our goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.” (Source)

How to Donate to the BVM Capacity Building Institute

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

7. National Urban League

The National Urban League

For donors who want to:

Help protect the rights of Black Americans in underserved communities to receive equal access to housing, voting resources, work, legal defense, and healthcare, and to help ensure Black families in America have equal access to quality education for their children and their college-bound students.

What is the National Urban League’s Mission?

“To help African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.” (Source)

How to Donate to the National Urban League

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

8. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

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For donors who want to:

Learn about Ella Baker, a hero of the American Civil Rights Movement, and help keep her legacy alive by funding a nonprofit working to help racially diverse, underserved communities create solutions for poverty, educate, pass legislation, and end the mass incarceration of Black and Brown Americans.

What is the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ Mission?

“We build on [Ella Baker’s] legacy by building the power of black, brown, and poor people to create solutions for one of the biggest drivers of injustice today: mass incarceration.” (Source)

How to Donate to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

  • Give directly on their site. 
  • Shop with Giving Assistant and donate your cash back. (During 6/3 – 6/13/2020 we will be matching all donations made to this nonprofit dollar for dollar.)

9. National Bail Fund Network

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For donors who want to:

Help post bail for Black Lives Matters protesters and others unjustifiably jailed right now, in addition to funding the long-term work of a nonprofit seeking to upend our justice system and protect Americans’ rights to equal trials, legal representation, and fair sentencing.  

What is the National Bail Fund Network’s Mission?

“The Community Justice Exchange [parent of the National Bail Fund] develops, shares and experiments with tactical interventions, strategic organizing practices, and innovative organizing tools to end all forms of criminalization, incarceration, surveillance, supervision, and detention.” (Source)

How to Donate to the National Bail Fund Network

10. Know Your Rights Camp

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Started by Colin Kaepernick, has a mission to “advance the liberation of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” Currently, the fund is also providing legal services for people in Minneapolis.

For donors who want to:

Help fund educational, empowering, memorable camps and camp experiences for Black and Brown youth, founded by famed NFL star Colin Kapernik.

What is Know Your Rights Camp’s Mission?

“Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” (Source)

How to Donate to Know Your Rights Camp

What is Giving Assistant? 

Giving Assistant helps online shoppers turn their everyday shopping into donations for any nonprofit. 

Members get exclusive coupons and savings at over 3,000 top online brands, plus earn cash back they can donate easily to any nonprofit organization in the U.S. 

Our browser extension makes the whole thing even easier: just download it for free, then shop, save, and automate your cash back donations.

GIving Assistant is committed to helping amplify the voices of Black Americans, and to participating in the fight against racial injustice and discrimination.

We’re excited to help you shop and give. We also encourage all our shoppers to take advantage of any opportunity available to them to help aid in this fight, whether that’s marching in protests, donating directly to nonprofits and personal fundraising campaigns, or simply standing alongside those at work within the Black Lives Matter movement.