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.


How A New Alliance Is Reimagining A Just Georgia — And How You Can Help
Giving Compass
Discover the Georgia Systemic Change Alliance: A collaborative comprised of four place-based networks, including more than 100 social, environmental, and racial justice organizations across Georgia.

Is REAL Change Coming To Savannah? Philanthropy Can Help.
Giving Compass
The Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) Task Force is part of the Georgia Systemic Change Alliance and relies on data to inform strategies to reduce or eliminate disparities across systems like healthcare and education.

Community First: Listening And Learning To Bring Systems Change To Georgia
Giving Compass
Members of the Community First Planning Commission (CFPC) share how the network of 21 Black churches, city and county government leaders and the private sector are working to amplify minority voices in their community.

Resilience And Repair In Southwest Georgia: How Philanthropy Can Help
Giving Compass
Learn how the place-based “Reimagine Albany” campaign aims to strengthen the education and health systems and build wealth in this local community.

How To Go From a Moment To a Movement
Donors of Color Network
While there is an outpouring of material support for Black equality at the current moment, here are some ideas on how to sustain support for this movement.

Breaking From Philanthropy Norms: An Inside Look At Relational Reparations [Part 1]
LeAnne Moss, June Wilson, and Candace Tkachuck
Three members of a 13-woman reparations community share how donors can deeply reckon with white supremacy, the wealth gap, and the need for personal and collective transformation through relational reparations work.

Five Touchstones In Our Relational Reparations Journey [Part 2]
LeAnne Moss, June Wilson, and Candace Tkachuck
Members of a reparations community offer critical touchstones that help inform their relational reparations process.

Learning to Listen: What BIPOC Groups Say They Need in This Moment [Part 3]
Black-led organizations share what they need from philanthropists in order to make meaningful and concrete social change happen.

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.

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.

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.

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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Giving Circle Profile: Liberated Capital
Liberated Capital is a giving circle that supports Indigenous, Black, and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for transformative social change.

Strengthening Democracy
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.

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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.