Right now, as many of us look for ways to support racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement, it can be challenging to decipher which organisations are the most reliable, or where our dollars can make the greatest impact. In the wake of the recent killing of George Floyd, yet another unarmed Black man who died while in police custody, people all over the world are speaking up about racial injustice, stepping out to protest, and seeking to contribute to the cause. There are many nonprofits and organisations that are working nonstop to support Floyd's case and family, as well as those protesting the needless killings of, and social injustices facing, Black people across America. If you're able to donate money to help support these causes, we've put together a noncomprehensive list of a few nationwide and local organisations that can use your help.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund on GoFundMe
Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, started a GoFundMe to raise money for Floyd's funeral expenses, grief counseling, court costs, and education costs for his children.
Colour of Change
Colour of Change leads a number of efforts to improve and support Black communities, including ending cash bail and stopping anti-Black violence.
Black Visions Collective
Black Visions Collective is an organisation dedicated to Black liberation and collective liberation. It's based in Minnesota and seeks justice for the local Black community.
NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund
The NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund fights racial injustice through legal action, via litigation, education, and working to improve inclusivity in judicial appointments and legislations.
North Star Health Collective
The Minneapolis-based North Star Health Collective is a group of nurses, doctors, and healthcare providers who provide medical assistance for protestors and those at related events.
Louisville Community Bail Fund
The Louisville Community Bail Fund is a nonprofit organisation that pays bail in the Louisville area for those protesting Breonna Taylor's murder. It also provides postrelease support to get protestors food and safety.
Atlanta Solidarity Fund
The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is an organisation supporting protestors in Atlanta by paying bail costs and any other legal fees incurred while protesting.
New York City's Liberty Fund is the city's charitable bail fund that supports low-income people charged with misdemeanours, such as those protesting in New York.
Community Justice Exchange
The Community Justice Exchange's National Bail Fund Network will help you find local bail funds in your area to support. Each of these local organisations will help pay bail costs for protestors.
Bail funds in your own community
Donating to small, grassroots organisations in your own neighbourhood and community is an important way to make an impact. Local bail funds, like those included on this list, collect funds to help bail out protesters who have been arrested. (The Minnesota Freedom Fund received such an influx of donations as protests in the city began that they are now redirecting donors to support other organisations.)