June 5, 2020

Giving For Racial Justice and Equity

Author National Philanthropic Trust

Following the recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, people in communities across the United States are experiencing sorrow and outrage. Many have been moved to protest these acts of violence against Black people and to reject the systemic racism underlying the events.

At this time, many are also asking how they can make a difference. For those who would like to give financially to advance racial justice, NPT has curated a list of national organizations that work to address racism and discrimination through community building, awareness-raising, advocacy efforts and direct support for communities of color.

This list is certainly not exhaustive, and it is limited to 501(c)(3) public charities that can be supported through donor-advised funds. We encourage our donors to research all charities and their charitable impact prior to entering a grant recommendation. For additional questions or information, please contact us at npt@nptrust.org.


The Center for Popular Democracy (EIN 45-3813436)

The Center for Popular Democracy works to build an inclusive and equitable society by building relationships and alliances that support people of color, immigrants, working families, women and LGBTQ communities. These alliances are strengthened through the organization’s large network of local offices and affiliates.



Equal Justice Initiative (EIN 63-1135091)

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized to challenge racial and economic injustice, protect basic human rights, and end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States.



Know Your Rights Camp (EIN 95-1644609)*

Know Your Rights Camp engages youth across the country to advance the well-being of communities of color. Their Legal Defense Initiative partners with local defense lawyers to provide legal resources for those in need.

*Know Your Rights Camp is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. To support Know Your Rights Camp using your DAF, recommend a grant to Entertainment Industry Foundation and list “Know Your Rights Camp” in the grant purpose field.



NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (EIN 13-1655255)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund fights for racial justice and an inclusive society through litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts.



National Police Accountability Project (EIN 13-4045142)

Originally a project of the National Lawyers Guild, NPAP’s mission is to promote the accountability of law enforcement officers and their employers to effect lasting change in the legal system.



National Urban League (EIN 13-1840489)

The Urban League’s mission is to elevate living standards for African Americans and other historically underserved groups through collaborations with local and national policymakers, corporations and community leaders.



Race Forward (EIN 94-2759879)

Race Forward works to advance racial justice through research, media content, educational conferences and advocacy efforts.



Racial justice and equity are closely entwined with many other issues such as educational access, economic mobility, criminal justice reform, health, access to the arts and community development. As such, there are myriad entry points for funders.

Though the list above features exclusively public charities working nationally, there are countless organizations throughout the country that work extensively on racial justice and equity at the local or regional level. Local community foundations may be a good resource for those looking to identify organizations close to home.



Joan Allmaras is a Philanthropic Services Specialist at NPT. She produces tailored, in-depth research on specific issues and geographic areas of interest to NPT’s donors. Ms. Allmaras holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.


NPT does not provide legal or tax advice. This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be, and shall not be relied upon as, legal or tax advice. The applicability of information contained here may vary depending on individual circumstances.


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