Organizations We Benefit

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union, created in the aftermath of the Palmer Raids of 1920, has always stood for protecting the Bill of Rights. In today’s society, the ACLU has become a powerhouse of public interest lawyers - many of whom volunteer their time and expertise - who are determined to close the gaps of inequality that have run rampant amongst our communities of color, our women, our gay and transgendered people, our immigrants, and our disabled citizens. During the Covid-19 outbreak, the ACLU has repeatedly urged Congressional leaders to act and help protect the colored communities that are disproportionally affected by the virus. After white police officer Derek Chauvin brutally murdered George Floyd, the ACLU was at the forefront of the protest lines, demanding not only racial justice but total police reform. The ACLU stands with every marginalized group fighting for their basic human rights to be observed, respected, and defended.

https://www.aclu.org/

(We've donated $10,337.85 to the ACLU.)

Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG)

The Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) was founded in 2018 by Malene Barnett, an artist based in Brooklyn, NY, to combat the lack of representation of Black talent and culture in the design industry.  

BADG is a global platform representing a curated collective of independent Black artists, makers, and designers across various art and design disciplines who are at the top of their respective fields.

We strive towards creating an inclusive arts and design environment, through equity and inclusivity, by providing visibility and opportunities for our members. In addition, through our programming and events,(a) we create dialogue, (b) take action towards rewriting the narrative behind the misrepresentation of our ancestral legacy in design and (c) bring awareness to the inequitable design culture.

https://www.badguild.info/

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

Established in 2011, The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition is the only social justice organization led by black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the black transgender human experience.

Through our national advocacy center and affiliate state chapters we work daily, advocating to end poverty, discrimination in all forms and its human inequities faced in health, employment, housing and education that are rooted in systemic racism, to improve the lived experience of transgender people.  Our work is based in peace building, community education, public policy initiatives, empowerment programs and direct services.

https://blacktrans.org/

(We've donated $2,035.33 to the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition.)

Black Visions Collective

Since 2017, Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns. By building movements from the ground up with an integrated model, we are creating the conditions for long term success and transformation.

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

(We've donated $2,035.33 to Black Visions Collective.)

Black Voters Matter Fund

Election Day is one of the most important days for a registered voter, but Black Voters Matter recognizes that the other 364 days of the year are equally important. Community engagement and education about local policies are paramount, and organizations that continually fight for social and economic justice for communities of color must be supported. As 2020 is an election year, it is imperative now, more than ever, that the Voting Rights Act is strengthened, gerrymandering districts is culled, and that voter obstruction is minimized.

https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/

(We've donated $1,841.18 to Black Voters Matter Fund.)

Black Women's Health Imperative

As an organization dedicated to the 19.5 million Black women and girls who call the United States home, Black Women’s Health Imperative advocates for health equality and has stood strong for the last 35 years. BWHI mobilizes, engages, and educates Black women to be active in the fight for health equity. This includes reproductive rights and healthcare, having access to affordable health insurance, and hopefully slashing the sickeningly high mortality rate amongst Black mothers and children. Black Women’s Health Imperative has also been on the forefront of Coronavirus, providing information on how to adjust lifestyles to fit within our new day to day, how to keep a positive self care routine, and resources on how to supplement lost income.

https://bwhi.org

(We've donated $2,128.11 to Black Women's Health Imperative.)

BreakOut!

BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans.

We build on the rich cultural tradition of resistance in the South to build the power of LGBTQ youth ages 13-25 and directly impacted by the criminal justice system through youth organizing, healing justice, and leadership development programs.

http://www.youthbreakout.org/

(We've donated $2,035.33 to BreakOut!.)

Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice.   

Today, we are in a great fight for the future of constitutional democracy in the United States. We are committed to the rule of law. We work to craft and advance a transformative reform agenda — solutions that aim to make American democracy work for all.

https://www.brennancenter.org/

(We've donated $7,071.08 to the Brennan Center for Justice.)

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Social equity is the concept that everybody - regardless of color or economic status - is entitled to the same justice and opportunities that promote upwards mobility. This has not been the case for most of the United States’ existence, as evident from the numerous public policies put in place to keep our communities of color disadvantaged. CLASP at its heart is an anti-poverty organization, seeking to dismantle these institutionally racist barriers by partnering with civil and immigrant rights advocates to ensure economic security for all.

https://www.clasp.org/

(We've donated $1,841.18 to CLASP)

Check Your Privilege

Check Your Privilege is the work of Myisha T. She is a mental health activist, speaker, and entrepreneur passionate about the mental wellness and the empowerment for women.

In 2018, after a negative experience with a friend and coworker, Myisha T had to end it in order to make room to cope with the negative impact that it had on her mental health. That’s when she became more curious about white women and their relationship with privilege, and it was the beginning of her journey to identify her own internalized oppression and racism.
She began her Check Your Privilege interview series during Minority Mental Health Awareness Month that year, and it was important to her that she look beyond throw-away or Cancel Culture—to find ways that white women, in particular, were working to shift from passive ally-ship on to becoming action-driven co-conspirators to BIWOC (Black, Indigenous Women of Color)

Myisha works with organizations and community groups taking white people on a self-reflective journey exploring their relationship with power, privilege, and racism.

https://checkyourprivilege.co/

Common Ground Foundation

The Common Ground Foundation was founded by Academy Award Winning Artist, Actor, and Author Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. known as “Common”.

More than 10 years ago, Common committed his time and resources to help inner-city youth in his hometown of Chicago. The work of CGF reaches high school students through mentoring and college preparation programs. Their focus areas are nutrition and healthy living, financial literacy, character development, and creative expression.

https://commongroundfoundation.org/

(We've donated $1,663.39 to the Common Ground Foundation.)

Crafting the Future

Crafting the Future works to diversify the fields of art, craft and design by connecting BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive.

CTF has grown out of a frustration with feeling helpless to affect change on an individual level.

By banding together and pooling the resources of like minded artists and art appreciators, we can make the changes we want to see in our own communities.

https://www.craftingthefuture.org/

Dream Defenders

The Dream Defenders was founded in April 2012 after the tragic killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. That Spring, young Black, Latinx, and Arab youth marched from Daytona Beach Florida to Sanford Florida where Trayvon Martin was killed. With that fire in their bellies, they then went back to their communities and campuses to organize.

Today, the Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in our communities to advance a new vision they have for the state. Their agenda is called the Freedom Papers. Through it, they are advancing their vision of safety and security –  away from prisons, deportation, and war – and towards healthcare, housing, jobs and movement for all.

http://www.dreamdefenders.org

(We've donated $2,141.84 to Dream Defenders.)

Emanuel Nine Memorial

The Emanuel Nine Memorial encourages people to reconcile their hearts and actions with the example set by families of the Emanuel Nine. The memorial will also honor their lives by teaching new attitudes and behaviors to reverse racism.

The inspiration for the memorial design is drawn from reflecting upon the lives and sacrifices of the Emanuel Nine: Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd, Mrs. Susie J. Jackson, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Kibwe Diop Sanders, Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., and Mrs. Myra Singleton Quarles Thompson.

The memorial design reflects the powerful and inspiring way in which the Emanuel Nine family members relied on the bedrock of their faith to reverse the spread of hate with a message of unyielding love and forgiveness.

http://www.emanuelnine.org

(We've donated $2,141.85 to the Emanuel Nine Memorial.)

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

"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."

https://eji.org/

(We've donated $7,071.08 to the EJI.)

Fair Fight

Voter suppression amongst voters of color has been a known issue in our elections for years, and Fair Fight is here to bring change to this faulty system that harkens back to the Jim Crow era. Fair Fight educates and mobilizes voters to seek election reform and to understand their basic voting rights that should be - but are not - inherent in our democracy. These rights include voting registration, ballot access, and voter counting, all of which have been twisted and used to discourage people of color from voting in local and national elections. As it is a presidential election year it is imperative now, more than ever, to have our next leader chosen without foreign interference or systemic voter suppression, and by building voter protection teams throughout the country it will be.

https://fairfight.com

(We've donated $1,603.77 to Fair Fight.)

Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA)

The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) was founded in 2001, led by our Chairman Voza Rivers a local, national and international impresario for the Advancement of Arts and Culture whose experience includes Award Winning Production of Theater, Film, Music and Live Events.  

At the core, HAA has cultivated a dynamic membership base artists and arts organizations. HAA plays an essential role in the lives of emerging and established artists by helping build the resources, networks, and capacity of its richly diverse membership.
Our membership includes 400+ individual artist members & collaborators.

https://www.harlemaa.org/

(We've donated $2,952.52 to HAA.)

Know Your Rights Camp

 Founded by political activist and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Know Your Rights Camp is aimed at Black and Brown youth in cities throughout the United States, providing them with the knowledge and self-empowerment to navigate our structurally racist system. These camps are free to attend, with speakers including professors, civil rights attorneys, financial advisors, nutritionists, entrepreneurs, and holistic health coaches. The camps have served over 1,400 youth since beginning in 2016, and as of 2020 has raised over $1 million for its Covid-19 Relief Fund, designed to help mitigate the damage felt by communities of color since the coronavirus hit American soil earlier in the year.

https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/

(We've donated $1,603 to Know Your Rights Camp.)

LGBTQ Freedom Fund

We fight to raise awareness of the disproportionate caging of LGBTQ people. Because of whom they love or their gender identity, a tangle of discrimination and poverty disproportionately puts LGBTQ people in jail and immigration detention.

http://www.lgbtqfund.org

(We've donated

$2,035.33 to LGBTW Freedom Fund.)

Live Free USA

With hundreds of congregations as well as countless leaders and movement partners throughout the country, the LIVE FREE Campaign is working to end the scourges of gun violence, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of Black and Brown bodies that tears at the soul of our society.

LIVE FREE congregations embrace the notion of their institutional body as a base for building moral power and a movement for racial and economic justice. LIVE FREE Congregations mobilize voters—particularly low-propensity voters—in order to influence policies, practices, and programs that have a direct impact on our most vulnerable communities. LIVE FREE congregations use their financial resources to invest in programs and initiatives that build better access to jobs, entrepreneurship, and the alleviation of poverty and discrimination; they also divest resources from companies and programs that discriminate against vulnerable communities or help to perpetuate racial and economic injustice throughout our society.

http://livefreeusa.org

(We've donated $2,141.84 to Live Free USA.)

The Loveland Foundation

In 2018, activist and writer Rachel Cargle called upon her huge following on social media for a birthday wish fundraiser, simply titled Therapy for Black Women and Girls. The overall goal with this was to enable Black women and girls all over the United States access to the healing and support found in therapy sessions. The Loveland Foundation is a continuation of this original fundraiser, granting financial assistance to Black women and girls who require high quality and racially sensitive therapists to help them navigate the trauma of living in a white-centric world.

https://thelovelandfoundation.org

(We've donated $2,128.11 to The Loveland Foundation.)

Marsha P Johnson Institute

A talented artist, gay liberation activist, and self-identified drag queen, Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson was formative for the gay rights movement in the years following 1969’s Stonewall Uprising. It is in her strong image that the Marsha P Johnson Institute was founded, hoping to not only create a safe artistic space for black trans creators but to build power and organization for this marginalized community. The Institute is always looking for other groups to partner with, specifically, those who care about the validity of black trans lives, and who want to fight for a world where homelessness, joblessness, and transphobia are not a part of daily existence.

https://marshap.org/

(We've donated $1,841.18 to MPJI)

Movement for Black Lives

Recognizing that a collective is more powerful than any individual, the Movement For Black Lives was formed at the end of 2014. It has grown into a cohesive group that calls for six fundamental pillars - called Visions - that guide their voice; to end the war on Black people, reparations made for past wrongs and current harm, redistributing funds for police departments directly into the communities, reframe the current economic system into one that is not racially capitalistic in nature, give control of the communities back to the communities themselves, and to recreate our democracy into one that is as varied and colorful as the beautiful communities that make up this country. In light of current events, M4BL has mobilized to help defend the protestors throughout numerous cities during this time of civil change, as well as supply relief to communities who have struggled with the novel coronavirus.

https://blacknovember.org/

(We've donated $1,073.39 to Movement for Black Lives.)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation.

Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

https://www.naacp.org/

(We've donated $1,663.39 to the NAACP.)

Outdoor Afro

Constantly empowering our Black communities to enjoy nature more, Outdoor Afro is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitably accessible outdoors experience. Activities such as biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, birding, and environmental education are led by trained local volunteers who make up a network of activism spanning 30 states. They call for not only the protection of our public lands and waters, but also to defend our sacred public lands and the communities tied to them. Outdoor Afro champions outdoor industry brands that believe our natural spaces should not only be equitable, but who also know the value of a sustainable and ethically sourced product line. With their powerful social media presence, Outdoor Afro seeks to change our white-dominated visual narrative in regards to the wild spaces of our country, hoping that future generations of Black children will be able to enjoy our beautiful parks with a full and equal sense of belonging.

https://outdoorafro.com/

(We've donated $1,073.38 to Outdoor Afro.)

Therapy For Black Girls

With her popular mental health-focused podcast, also titled Therapy For Black Girls, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford decided to create a safe online space to encourage the wellbeing of Black women and girls. It provides resources to help dismantle the stigmas surrounding mental health issues by making them more relevant and accessible and also matches members with licensed culturally sensitive therapists. Additionally, it has created an online community full of Black women who network together to keep one another supported and empowered in between therapy sessions.

THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRL'S WEBSITE

(We've donated $2,128.11 to Therapy For Black Girls.)

Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)

The Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) is centered around peer advocacy and providing legal services for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color who are currently in the prison system, as well as those who have formerly been incarcerated and are now back in the greater community. They focus on ending the racism, violence, and prejudice that our colored trans family face in their everyday existence, particularly Black trans women. In the aftermath of the brutal murders of Muhlaysia Booker and Michelle Washington in 2019, it became apparent that violence against trans people of color was on the rise, and 2020 has seen no change in that trend. It is imperative, for the safety and survival of our Black trans community, that we dismantle the current prison industrial complex and help to tear down the years of transphobic, homophobic, and racist sentiments that have dominated our justice system for far too long.

http://www.tgijp.org/

(We've donated $1,073.39 to TGIJP.)

 

Trayvon Martin Foundation

Since the 2012 death of their son, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have committed their life to transforming tragedy into change. Sybrina, Tracy, along with their son Jahvaris, created The Trayvon Martin Foundation out of a need to bring awareness to ending senseless gun violence.

The Foundation’s mission is to advocate for crime victims and their families, increase public awareness of all forms of racial, ethnic and gender profiling, educate youth on conflict resolution techniques, and reduce the incidences where confrontations between strangers turn deadly.

https://www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org/

(We've donated $1,663.39 to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.)

UndocuBlack Network

The UndocuBlack Network (UBN) is a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.

https://undocublack.org/

(We've donated $2,952.53 to UndocuBlack Network.)

 

Last Updated: 10/19/2020