Solidarity with Black Communities and Systems Change: How to Respond Now and Later

The death of George Floyd has once again revealed the systematic and ongoing police brutality on Black and Brown bodies in the U.S. As protesters have filled the streets to demand justice, many of us have wondered what we can do to help in the immediate term and more importantly, how we can create a country with true equity and justice for all.

This resource page is geared toward individual donors who are looking to increase their knowledge about the intersections of race and the criminal justice system in America, understand the issues connected to institutional racism against Black communities, and give effectively to organizations working toward systems change. Check back for regular updates.


Participation from All is Essential When Dismantling Structural Racism
Alix Guerrier, CEO of GlobalGiving, discusses the need for collective action to dismantle structural racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The Importance of Black-led Giving Circles
Valaida Fullwood talks about promoting philanthropy among African Americans with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within Black communities.

How We Should Talk About Racial Disparities
Urban Institute
We can challenge harmful stereotypes and narratives that shape the way people of color are perceived and treated.

The Importance Of Funding Leaders Of Color To Build Equity And Justice
Donors and impact investors are challenged to rectify the myriad funding disparities faced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color organizations.

Discourse And Resources On Eradicating Institutionalized And Everyday Racism
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)
SSIR’s editors have assembled a list of articles, websites, and other resources to help leaders of social change and activists trying to put an end to this systemic problem.

A Call For Philanthropy To Fund Racial Justice Work
Nonprofit Quarterly
William Cordery implores philanthropy to fund racial justice that centers the lived experiences, leadership, and communities of Black people.

Answering Philanthropy’s Racial Justice Question
Raikes Foundation
Lindsay Hill explores philanthropy’s role in advancing racial justice. In this article, she provides eight action steps.

Race, Equity, and Unavoidable Challenges for Philanthropy
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)
CEP’s President Phil Buchanan implores donors and institutional funders to take more risks and do more to challenge racism.

Philanthropy Must Shed the Role of the White Moderate
Nonprofit AF
Vu Le calls out white moderate behaviors in the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors and highlights the ways we can work toward true equity and justice.

Get Involved

Funders For Justice: Six Ways To Support Black Lives
Funders for Justice
From supporting protestors in this moment to standing with Black women essential workers, Funders for Justice shares specific action items for donors and foundations.

Connect with Others
Search for learning networks, advisors, and others working on racial justice issues.


Black-led Movement Fund
The fund aims to support intersectional, Black-led organizing and their leaders as they build and activate bases of power in local communities.

Movement for Black Lives Fund
The Movement for Black Lives Fund supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice: The Transformation Fund
The fund will make grants to grassroots organizations that are providing protesters and community members with immediate needs and to groups that are demanding change and holding law enforcement and elected officials accountable.

Emergent Fund
The Emergent Fund provides rapid response funding to grassroots organizations in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination.

Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building
This fund is focused on building the political power and voice of low-income and people of color by providing resources to respond in a timely manner to unanticipated, but critical opportunities or challenges to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.