National organizing and narrative:
  • The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 100 groups with a national leadership team of experienced organizers and leaders.
  • Color of Change, a nationwide digital organizing group centering the needs and interests of black people.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice, a group focused on educating and organizing white people, especially working class white people, to do effective racial justice work.
  • 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 Highlander Center is a catalyst for grassroots organizing in the South.
  • The Fund for Black Newspapers is raising and distributing money to historic black newspapers that are often the only trusted source of news for black readers.
State and local organizing groups with infrastructure to fight for rebalanced budget priorities, policy change, cutting prison and jail populations, and stronger oversight of law enforcement:
  • JusticeLA is a coalition of groups in Los Angeles that has scored huge wins in the past year around canceling a multi-billion dollar jail contract.
  • The Bread and Roses Fund partners with an array of effective groups in Philadelphia who are running a strong campaign to reduce the bloated police budget and other reform efforts.
  • Voice of the Experienced, representing Louisiana with leadership that is formerly incarcerated, is rapidly building a powerful base of directly impacted people to restructure how justice works in the deep south.
  • The Texas Organizing Project is anchoring organizing and budget fights in multiple major Texas cities. They have led on district attorney accountability and pushing for humane budgets.
Smaller local groups providing key leadership:
Restorative justice (to build what is next)
  • Life Comes From It is a fund that makes small grants (under $25,000) to restorative justice, transformative justice, and peacemaking programs, while also resourcing collaborations across these fields.
  • The Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations project is run by a core team of seasoned, high caliber organizers from around the country who are collaborating on organizing a truth and reconciliation movement.  Donate to the Watershed Center and put the org name in the comment section.

Read the full letter about giving in the wake of Minneapolis by Chloe Cockburn of the Open Philanthropy Project.