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

The murder of George Floyd not only revealed the systematic and ongoing police violence toward Black and Brown bodies, but also exposed the pervasiveness of racism embedded in our society. Since his death in May, many more Black men and women have been killed and calls for justice have gone unanswered. As protesters continue to fill 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, ensure all voices are heard in our democracy 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
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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.

How Philanthropy Can Better Support BIPOC Leaders
Nonprofit AF
Vu Le lists several ways philanthropy can better support and uplift BIPOC nonprofit leaders to unlock their full potential.

Racial Equity in Philanthropy: Using White Privilege for Good
Camelback Ventures 
Discover how donors can leverage their white privilege and white capital to better support founders of color, and get insights on how to commit to anti-racist philanthropy.

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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.

Election 2020
Giving Compass
This resource page features articles, organizations, and funds aimed at building a stronger democracy while centering racial equity and justice.

Giving Circles Can Help Decolonize Philanthropy
By following Edgar Villanueva’s seven-step plan to address and repair the wounds of colonization, giving circles can transform philanthropy by shifting power to leaders of color.

Why We Fund The Movement For Black Lives (And Why You Should Too)
Giving Compass
Eileen Farbman and her son Leo shed light on the importance of funding the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) through their family foundation.

Guiding A Giving Response To Anti-Black Injustice
The Bridgespan Group
This memo offers philanthropy potential paths to invest in organizations and movements within the Black-led racial justice ecosystem.

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.

Black Resilience Fund
The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders.

Communities Transforming Policing Fund
The mission of the Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF) is to support communities that have been under-resourced and over-criminalized in the United States.

Robin Hood Foundation: The Power Fund
The fund will increase Robin Hood’s support to organizations fighting poverty so that it can expand access to private capital for nonprofit leaders of color. Through this work, the fund can help address the interplay of racial injustice and economic injustice.