The Philadelphia region has been turning out by the thousands – tens of thousands! – recently to let our communities and elected officials know that black lives matter. But antiracism is a year-round job. If you have any funds or time to commit and are ready to be of service, here are some ways you can donate to or volunteer for organizations working to help the black community.
This list is a work in progress! Please contact me with corrections or additions.
Abolitionist Law Center
The Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States.
AfroPhilly Black Business Directory
Looking to support black-owned businesses? Here’s a directory to get help you find them across a wide variety of industries and retail arenas.
Amistad Law Project
Founded in October 2014, Amistad Law Project advocates for the recognition of the human rights of all people and believes in the intersection of movements against systemic oppression. ALP consists of attorneys, activists, and organizers.
Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
The Black and Brown Workers Cooperative’s mission is to actively challenge, resist and dismantle systems of oppression that adversely impact the Black and Brown worker. Thus, we push for the social and economic liberation of the Black and Brown worker.
Black Lives Matter – Philly chapter
In February of 2015, two of the original Ferguson Freedom Riders, Decide to initiate the chapter and file the official paperwork necessary for Philadelphia to have a official chapter. Since then, the chapter has flourished launched a number of initiatives including, letter campaigns, Black Joy and Healing circles, vigils, and forums.
Bread & Roses Community Fund’s Racial & Economic Justice Fund
The Racial & Economic Justice Fund provides $10,000 grants to groups that use community organizing to promote racial and economic justice at the local, state, national, or international levels.
Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We demand that PA stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities.
The Enterprise Center is a 501(c)3 organization that provides disadvantaged entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to find financial security, create local jobs, and impact their neighborhoods. Your support helps minority businesses achieve success.
Free The Ballot! Incarcerated Voter Family Network
Free The Ballot! Incarcerated Voter Family Network is a multi-racial grassroots alliance fighting for equality and social justice for our communities which have been gripped by mass incarceration and poverty.
Mill Creek Farm
Mill Creek Urban Farm is an educational farm and environmental education center located in West Philadelphia. We are dedicated to improving local access to fresh, chemical-free produce at low cost for the immediate Mill Creek community and surrounding neighborhoods. We are a people of color-led non-profit organization in service of communities of color in need of basic resources.
Movement Alliance Project
Movement Alliance Project builds power with community organizations working at the intersection of race, technology and inequality. We run strategic campaigns, lift up untold stories, and build infrastructure for poor and working people to win lasting power and a just society.
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them. They do have a residency offering services in Philadelphia.
Pennylvania Prison Society
The mission of the Pennsylvania Prison Society is to advocate for humane prisons and a rational approach to criminal justice.
Philadelphia Bail Fund
This organization provides a revolving fund that posts bail for people who are indigent and cannot afford bail. Their goal is to keep families and communities together and vigorously advocate for the end to cash bail in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Black Trans COVID Supplies & Donation Fund
This group is fund raising and seeking supplies for black trans people in the Philadelphia area. Drivers are also needed to deliver supplies to those in need.
Philadelphia Black Giving Circle Fund
The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle (PBGC) aims to leverage collective resources from diverse donors to support non-profit organizations undertaking impactful work in the Black community.
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund
The mission of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is to end cash bail in our city. Until that day, they post bail for our neighbors who cannot afford to pay.
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
PLSE provides free legal advice and representation to low-income Philadelphia residents whose criminal records are holding them back from achieving their social and career potentials.
Philly Coalition for REAL Justice
The Philadelphia Coalition for Racial Economic and Legal Justice (REAL) is an inclusive grassroots organization that is community focused and globally engaged. Our mission is to provide a safe space for community organizations and individuals to come together and combine resources to eliminate the system of white supremacy and police terror across all areas of racial, economic, and legal oppression.
QTPOC Mutual Aid Transit Services
Many items are being donated to QTPOC mutual aid funds, but logistical issues exist with getting items to the community. Many community organizers are left to make an informal call of action for assistance. Our mission is to eliminate logistical barriers to support our community.
Save The Historic Dox Thrash House
Dox Thrash, a prolific African American printmaker historic home and legacy are threatened. This project aims to reuse his home to re-establish art back into Philadelphia’s Historic Sharswood community, preserve his legacy, become a public cultural amenity that invigorates the block with new activity, and set a standard for future equitable development in Sharswood.
Up Against the Law Legal Collective
UATL is a Philadelphia-based collective of activists who are lawyers, legal workers, and community members. We were born out of the Occupy movement and are dedicated to empowering communities by providing Know-Your-Rights trainings, legal training and support to activists, legal observation during protests and demonstrations, and arrest support.
Women’s Community Revitalization Project
WCRP is committed to social and economic equity for low income women and their families. We develop affordable housing; provide supportive services; advocate for policy change; and honor and promote leadership, dignity, and justice in ourcommunities.
Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project
(YASP) is building a youth-led movement to end the practice of trying and incarcerating young people as adults. Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep young people out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city.
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project
YSRP’s goal is to reduce the imposition, duration, and impact of adult criminal sentences on low-income children and their families.