Black History Month is a time each year to highlight and honor the contributions and achievements of African-Americans in the United States. As we uplift and shine a light on the Black community this February, we have an opportunity to take action and help affect change that will last beyond the month by supporting black-led organizations.
In a recent NBC News article, Black nonprofit leaders discuss the challenges Black-led nonprofits face with garnering sustained support. Giving circles, where members pool their dollars and decide together where to make a collective gift, are often a solution in filling these funding gaps.
If you’re looking for nonprofits to support this Black History Month, here is a list to consider making a personal donation, nominating to your giving circle, or sharing with your social networks. While this list is a great starting point, we also encourage you to take a look and see what Black-led organizations are operating near you! Giving Gap is an incredible tool to help you find Black-founded organizations to support. You can also reach out to black-led, black-serving giving circles or giving circle networks for recommendations.
Aimed at building a collective of Black educators to provide innovative, affirming, and challenging learning experiences for Black students, Black Teacher Collaborative works across the United States to ground educators in an education model that maximizes Black educator potential through a shared racial identity lens. Learn more
Buy From A Black Woman strives to ensure the success of Black Women owned businesses. Through educational programs, an online directory, and funding, Buy From A Black Woman empowers and educates business owners and the people who support them, ensuring the success of businesses owned by Black Women. Learn more
Butterfly Dreamz uses stories to change lives and empower young female leaders. Through writing and collaborating on books, receiving mentorship from female leaders, and various opportunities for leadership development, girls hone their communication skills, gain access to a network of inspiring women, and learn that they can change the world. Learn more
The Chicago Torture Justice Center addresses the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is part of a movement to end all forms of police violence. Learn more
GEDDI endeavors to help communities worldwide create generational wealth by distributing funds to nonprofit and for-profit entities that focus on building economic wealth for the black community. GEDDI vets organizations to ensure dollars directly support the black population. Learn more
Faith in New Jersey (FINJ) is a multi-faith and multi-racial network of faith leaders and faith communities working together to advance a social and economic justice agenda at the local, state and federal level. Faith in New Jersey’s mission is to develop grassroots community leaders, analyze the policies that shape our communities, and mobilize faith voices and faith voters to effectively act on the prophetic call to build the Beloved Community. Learn more
Named in honor of trans rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute elevates and supports Black trans people through organizing, advocating, community, leadership, and collective power. The Institute’s current programming focuses on providing fellowship opportunities around the arts and community organizing. Learn more
Comprised of 100% BIPOC staff, Maven Leadership Collective consistently invests in creative social impact leaders who are queer and trans people of color and allies to build communities that thrive even in the face of crisis, transition, and tragedy. Learn more
Miami Workers Center builds powerful campaigns that impact the lives of low-income Black and brown women, girls, and femmes. Through its Femme Agenda, Miami Workers Center seeks to empower women impacted by the feminization of poverty and to build movements which center the experiences of low-income Black and brown women and femmes, who are most impacted by social injustice. Learn more
Mill Creek Urban Farm is an educational farm and environmental education center dedicated to improving local access to fresh, chemical-free produce at low cost for the Mill Creek community and surrounding neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Learn more
Phenomenal I Am, Inc. facilitates youth-led empowerment, enrichment workshops in order to explore and address common issues among the next female generation, like respect for themselves and others, effective communication, higher aspirations, being a girl, healthy relationships, body image. self-esteem, self-confidence, and more. Learn more
Soul 2 Soul Sisters is grounded in self and sisterly care, providing space for Black Womxn to rest, share their experiences, and develop and implement strategic plans for individual and collective peace, power and liberation. Learn more
StepUp Durham provides employment training and opportunities for members of the Durham and Raleigh communities facing challenges such as criminal backgrounds, racial inequality, histories of drug abuse, domestic violence, and/or homelessness. Learn more
TWDCC is committed to access, equity, and excellence through its dance education programming. Offering performances, curated festivals, artist talks, community dance classes and more, TWDCC is fostering a community throughout Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. Learn more
By using stories of social justice to dismantle racism, The New 3Rs unlocks civic and compassionate leadership at school, at home, and at work. We offer programs and resources to educate and empower children, parents, educators, and workplace leaders through a lens of racial justice and racial awareness. Learn more
Vida Afrolatina is an international women’s fund that connects resources, including philanthropic funding and capacity support, to Afro-Descendant women’s groups in Latin America, with a specific focus on organizations that provide services for sexual violence survivors. Learn more
Ilyasah N Shabazz
For more than a decade, Ilyasah has worked with nonprofits to help them grow their audience by telling impactful stories, implementing strategic plans, and streamlining digital communications. A proud New Yorker, Ilyasah now lives in Greensboro, NC. When she’s not traveling or binging Netflix shows, you can find her spending time with family and being a proud aunt to 13 nieces and nephews.