Here’s Where to Donate to Support the Black Community in Boston
Offer money, supplies, or your time to these organizations furthering the call for equality and equity in Boston and beyond—because the moment may come to an end, but the movement will be long lasting.
Not all of us can head out to the many protests taking place across Boston this week, whether because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, or other reasons. But don’t forget that there are other ways to support and help our Black community and to drive the call for equality and change in the government and across communities. Here are places in Boston you can offer money, supplies, or your time, all of which support either the ongoing movement to protest police brutality or more broadly work to improve Black life around Boston, whether it’s today, tomorrow, or deep into the future.
Black Lives Matter Boston: A chapter of the greater international movement Black Lives Matter, this organization works to organize and build Black power in Boston by supporting new Black leaders, creating a network where Black people feel empowered, and igniting communities to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people.
Loveland Foundation: Brings opportunity and healing to Black women and girls through fellowships, residency programs, mental health support, listening tours, and more.
Youth Enrichment Services: Inspires and challenges youth from low income families with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment.
Stable Ground Boston: Addresses chronic housing insecurity in the city through a residency program that embeds artists, legal designers, and trauma experts into community settings.
BAMS Fest: This non-profit hosts an annual festival and yearly events to break down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture across Greater Boston.
Families for Justice as Healing: Works to end the incarceration of women and girls in Massachusetts. Currently their website is under construction, but you can join the cause through their social channels.
Boston Bail Funds and Legal Assistance: Posts bails of up to $2,000 in Essex and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts.
Charity Navigator: Search the city of Boston in this database to render a list of charities that have been examined and rated to ensure your money is going to a good cause.
Campaign Zero: Supports the analysis of policing practices across the country and provides technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns.
New England Blacks in Philanthropy: Works to shift the philanthropy paradigm from focusing on Black deficits to the potential and financial leverage of Black philanthropy by creating a strong alliance between funders and the community.
Movement for Black Lives: Organizing around five core pillars—mass engagement, local power, electoral strategy, leadership development, and building across movements—MBL works to mobilize hundreds to increase Black political power in communities across the country.
Lucy Parsons Collective: A volunteer-run nonprofit operating as a radical, independent bookstore and community center for activist groups and community activities.
Massachusetts ACLU: A state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, Mass ACLU defends the principles enshrined in the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, as well as the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
National Police Accountability Project: Protects the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel.
Register to Vote: Real change also stems from policy amendments. Make sure your voice can be heard on election day and get out there and VOTE.