I’ve been getting many questions and seen a lot of posts on social media where people are asking “What can I do to help?” I know that going to protests, rallies, or advocacy groups may be tough depend on your schedule or if you have a disability. However, you can always help financially! And you don’t have to give $500 or a building. Even $5 is all it takes.
Below is the list of all the organizations I either have already given to (via my show, which more later) or plan to donate to in the future. You can donate directly or volunteer as well! I included a link to their website and a short blurb explaining what they do. Huge thanks to Jezebel, The Salad Bowl Kinja, Daily Kos, and W Magazine and the various comment sections of those sites for getting me started and feel free to share this list!
Planned Parenthood – https://www.plannedparenthood.org
Pro-women health organization dedicated to ensuring and supporting reproductive rights.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project – http://srlp.org/
Provides legal aid and support to low-income trans people of color.
American Civil Liberties Union – https://www.aclu.org/
Stated mission: To defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Border Angels – http://www.borderangels.org/
Volunteer organization advocating for US-Mexico immigration reform.
Campaign Zero – http://www.joincampaignzero.org/
Works to end police brutality
Center for Reproductive Rights – https://www.reproductiverights.org/
Works to secure women’s reproductive rights
Council on American-Islamic Relations – https://www.cair.com
Muslim civil liberties organization
EarthJustice – http://earthjustice.org/
Nonprofit environmental law organization
Lambda Legal – www.lambdalegal.org
Legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT population and people with HIV
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund – https://dredf.org
Organization focused on improving the rights of people with disabilities
Mazzoni Center – https://www.mazzonicenter.org
Offers healthcare services to LGBTQ population in Philadelphia
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault – www.svfreenyc.org/
The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy.
NARAL Pro Choice America – http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/
Political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom
NAACP Legal Defense Fund – http://www.naacpldf.org/ways-get-involved
Promote the civil rights of people of color and works to eliminate race-based discrimination
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles – www.chirla.org
Advocacy and organizing group focusing on achieving human, civil, and labor rights for immigrants
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – www.ncadv.org
Non-profit membership organization working to end violence in the lives of women.
Buy From A Black Woman – http://www.buyfromablackwoman.com/
Directory of black woman-owned businesses in various fields, from engineering to beauty care to erotica
National Immigration Law Center – https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/
Fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy
National Organization for Women – http://nownyc.org/get-involved/
Activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women.
Native American Rights Fund – http://www.narf.org/
Legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals
NextGen Climate Action – https://nextgenclimate.org/volunteer/
Works politically to prevent climate disaster.
The Audre Lorde Project – http://alp.org/
Community organization and outreach to queer people of color
Southern Poverty Law Center – www.splcenter.org
Focuses on civil rights and public interest litigation. Fights a lot of cases against white supremacist groups.
Texas Freedom Network – http://tfn.org/
Acts as the state’s watchdog for monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders.
Trevor Project Mission – thetrevorproject.org
A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights – http://theyoungcenter.org/
The Young Center is dedicated to advocating for the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children, to ensure that wherever they land, they are safe
Sierra Club – http://www.sierraclub.org/
Grassroots environmental organization working to protect millions of acres of wilderness and pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
Girls Who Code – https://girlswhocode.com/
Organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology job fields.
Prep for Prep – www.prepforprep.org
Leadership development program that offers scholarships, academic and leadership help to underrepresented minorities. NOTE: I was a part of this program and Prep for Prep does amazing work! They helped me in terms of finding a great college and helped me with the high school selection process. They also give near full scholarships to various private and boarding schools.
Union of Concerned Scientists – http://www.ucsusa.org/
Works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy.
She Should Run - http://www.sheshouldrun.org/
Non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) – www.rainn.org
Anti-sexual assault organization working with local rape crisis centers across the U.S.
Engineer Girl – http://www.engineergirl.org/
The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press – https://www.rcfp.org/donate
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and its attorneys offer an unrivaled breadth of service, materials, and knowledge on all aspects of media law.
FabFems – http://www.fabfems.org/about
National database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. FabFems matches girls with role models. NOTE: I didn’t see a donation page but please email them to see how you can support.
Reproductive Health Access Project – http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/
Non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible.
Running Start – http://runningstartonline.org/
Organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics
PEN America – https://pen.org/donation
Strives to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing.
Oliver Scholars Program – http://www.oliverscholars.org/
Prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges.
National Society of Black Engineers – www.nsbe.org
Student-governed organization working to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers. NOTE: My late brother was a part of this organization and they do excellent work!
Also, I co-run a stand-up comedy show every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mondays at Freddy’s Bar called Ed Sullivan on Acid. The show is free, there’s free candy, and I promote a diverse line-up of voices. Post-election, I started a new policy where for every person who comes to the show, I donate $1 to one of the above organizations. I also pass a bucket around to collect donation money for any audience members who feel comfortable doing so. Below is the info for my show:
NAME: Ed Sullivan on Acid
WHERE: Freddy’s Bar
ADDRESS: 627 5th Avenue (between 17th and 18th Street), Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: Every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and sometimes 5th Mondays
TIME: 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
PLUS: Free candy!
Finally, please email/DM me and let me know of other organizations and I’ll add them to the list! Stay safe and look out for your fellow brothers and sisters.