There are an incredible amount of organizations doing important work right now, and it can feel overwhelming to figure out where to direct your immediate attention. In the spirit of helping you gradually digest your options, and in hopes of potentially introducing you to some causes you might not have heard about yet, we’re briefing you on 5 initiatives to consider each week; while donating is not (and should not be) the only way to affect positive change, it is a 100% helpful practice if you have the means, and is a great habit to get into year-round.
Here are 5 places we suggested last week, and below are 5 more to consider this week:
Know Your Rights Camp
Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp works to educate and empower Black and Brown youth, and they’ve seen big results so far – a reported 98% increase in understanding of rights has been achieved among camp participants. They’re looking to expand to even more cities, and your donations can help keep the project growing.
Black Girls Code
BGC is a super cool organization whose mission is to introduce programming and technology to the next generation of coders; using workshops and after school programs, they’re able to break down the digital divide and introduce girls to basic programming skills in languages like Scratch and Ruby on Rails. Empowering and important work; support them here.
Dreaming Out Loud
Last week we told you about Dreaming Out Loud’s amazing Black Farm CSA, which is in its first week of the season right now. Food and land sovereignty are key issues in the fight for racial equity and justice, and Dreaming Out Loud does crucial work in this arena through education and by boosting access to healthy food; even if you’ve already joined a CSA, or don’t have a need for one at this time, you might also consider making a donation to support the important work they’re doing, especially considering it’s locally-focused. You can support them here.
Black Queer & Intersectional Collective
Based in Central Ohio, this grassroots organization works to uplift the needs, narratives and passions of Black LGBTQIA+ people with the ultimate goal of achieving liberation for all. Direct action, community organizing, education and safe space creation are all central to what BQIC does, and you can support them financially here.
Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network
Based in Atlanta, SAAFON is a nonprofit network of Black farmers concentrated in the Southeastern United States that focuses on culturally relevant, ancestrally guided and ecologically sustainable agricultural-based living. Virginia and Maryland are included in the network, making this an especially great one to support if you’re in the DMV area.
Where have you been donating lately? Is there someplace close to your heart that you’d like us to talk about? Email [email protected] to get in touch.