10+ Black Women-Led Organizations that Deserve Your End-of-Year Donations

Courtney Martin
Dec 21, 2017 · 2 min read

2017 was a rough year for the country and the world in so many ways, but one of the “realizations” that I am most grateful for is just how ON IT black women really are. They didn’t vote for Trump. They did vote for Jones. They co-founded and continue to lead the Black Lives Matters movement. They created the #metoo movement. And this is just the big, visible, political stuff.

Rather than just express gratitude, yet again, this year my partner, John Cary, and I have decided to direct the majority of our end-of-year tithing to organizations led by black women. We put it to our community to tell us about their favorite black women-led organizations, and here’s what folks came up with (along with some of our own favorites). We hope it might guide your end-of-year giving, no matter how humble.

Girl Trek: a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking.

The Essie Justice Group: a nonprofit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration.

Girls for a Change: supports black girls and other girls of color and inspires them to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, and social change innovation in their communities.

Feminist Press: an independent nonprofit literary publisher that promotes freedom of expression and social justice.

Sistersong: strengthens and amplifies the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.

Springboard to Opportunities: connects families living in affordable housing with resources and programs that help them advance themselves in school, work and life.

Higher Heights: building a national infrastructure to harness Black women’s political power and leadership potential.

A Long Walk Home: a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women.

Highlander Research Center: a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South.

#metoo Movement: helping survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing.

And even more deserving organizations and projects: Rockwood Leadership Institute (tag “communications fellowship for unmarried, low-income Black mothers”), Destiny Arts Center (tag “Rise Up! An American Curriculum”), Acta Non Verba, Southerners on New Ground, A New Way of Life Re-entry Project, Center for Third World Organizing, SCOPE Agenda, Project South, Black Girls CODE, Tannery World Dance & Culture Center, Spiral Gardens Community Food Project, The Center for Youth Wellness, TGI Justice, Black Youth Project 100, Be the Bridge, Abundant Beginnings, and the Global Fund for Women.

Please add additional organizations in comments (please ensure that these orgs are, in fact, led by black women!).

Thank you.

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