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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:

Make a Chess Move

The school to prison pipeline is a huge problem in the United States, and Colorado-based Make a Chess Move works to disrupt it through the game of chess; they’ve designed a research-based curriculum to reduce youth risk in groups aged 8-24, and they try to employ those who’ve graduated from the program in leadership positions. Help them develop “tenacious learners, compassionate leaders and ethically-driven critical thinkers” by supporting their efforts here.

Girls for Gender Equity

This is another crucial youth-focused organization that works to disrupt the school to prison pipeline (as well as the sexual assault to prison pipeline) by engaging all ages and genders to unlearn and undo practices and policies that perpetuate gender-based violence. GGE also empowers girls and women through education, organization and physical fitness. Support their important work here.

Black Urban Growers (BUGS)

BUGS focuses on building community support for growers in both urban and rural settings, and uses education and advocacy to develop Black leadership in the realm of food and land justice; by strengthening networks across the country, their work is essential to achieve sovereignty. Support  them here.

#SayHerName Campaign

An AAPF initiative, the #SayHerName campaign is now in its 5th year of advocating for Black women and femmes through arts activism, policy advocacy and community building. This year their focus is building out a policy agenda focused on addressing intersectional state violence and its impact on Black women and femmes nationwide, and you can fund their efforts here.

A New Way of Life Reentry Project

A New Way of Life does crucial work to provide housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison. Their focus is on healing, empowerment and rights restoration, all of which are key to successful reentry. Support their efforts here.

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.