As Black Lives Matter takes its place in our homes around the world—I invite us to inquire into our own bias. Do we have an unconscious bias against black-owned non-profits? 

The data says we do. According to a new report by Bridgespan and Echoing Green, an organization that invests in and provides support for leaders of emerging social enterprises, organizations led by people of color win less grant money and are trusted less to make decisions about how to spend those funds than groups with white leaders.

For non-profits that focus on issues affecting people of color, the gaps were even larger. Among groups focused on improving life outcomes of black men, revenue at organizations with black leaders was 45 percent lower than at groups led by whites.

While we may not feel we show bias, the data is resoundingly clear. It is up to us to begin the disruptive thought process it takes to eradicate the subtle and overt programming that has taken place in our lives for centuries in our relationship to our black communities.

Here are some non-profits focused on issues affecting people of color that can use some extra help…

  • Black Lives Matter
  • ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund – America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.
  • National Bail Fund Network – The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.
  • Know Your Rights Camp – A free campaign for youth funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.
  • Loveland Foundation – Committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
  • Advancement Project – Advancement Project reinforces and grows the capacity of today’s grassroots activists and the local organizers fighting to build power for communities of color.
  • Innocence Project – Founded in 1992, the Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
  • The Marshall Project – A nonpartisan, non-profit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.
  • Fair Fight – Ensures fair electrons and combats voter suppression.
  • Unicorn Riot – A decentralized, educational non-profit media organization dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social & environmental issues.
  • Homeless Black Trans Fund – A fund for the community of Black Trans women who live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless.
  • Black Trans Travel Fund – Donated funds are distributed directly to Black trans women in need, who can then purchase private car ride services such as Uber and Lyft, purchase gas for their own vehicles, or other alternatives of their choosing that best suit their feelings and needs.
  • Wealth Redistribution to Black-centered Groups – A non-exhaustive list of organizations/associations/collectives/etc. that center on Black people.

For additional organizations and ways you can donate without money, visit BlackLivesMatter.carrd.co/#donate

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