The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others have brought to light how racism unfortunately remains a structural feature of our society. Black people face discrimination not only in the US, but also here in Canada and in much of the world today. Fortunately, we now have the momentum to shift the status quo and make the future better for generations to come.
The six charities below have been selected from recommendations provided by Open Philanthropy’s criminal justice reform research team. We recommend reading their explanations (~5 min. read) and their update memo from June 12, 2020 (~ 10 min. read).
If you would like to support any other organizations* from their list (besides the six we’ve chosen), please contact us at [email protected] and we may be able to facilitate donations of $1,000 or more.
*Please note that we can only support organizations with US 501(c)(3) status, or organizations fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3).
The Movement for Black Lives is a coalition of over 100 groups with a national leadership team of experienced organizers and leaders. They are set up to grant to local groups.
The Black Voters Matter Fund mobilizes Black voters in the South, regranting to hundreds of groups to impact elections on the hyper local level up to federal races.
The Justice Collaborative is an agile, highly effective narrative and policy organization that is supporting local organizers now to make clear demands regarding police reform.
The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls organizes and trains women around the country to take leadership in their communities and eliminate excessive criminal justice system interventions.
The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform leads technical assistance, consulting, research, and organizational development for violence prevention practitioners and others.
Life Comes From It is a fund that makes small grants (under US $25,000) to restorative justice and related programs.