UPDATE: Because of your generous support, Macalester was able to match $20,000 in community member donations, generating a total of $40,000 for organizations that support Black communities, communities of color, and fight for racial justice. This community match was just the first step in our effort to better support anti-racism on and off campus. Additional new initiatives will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
The organizations below were chosen in collaboration with student groups BLAC and BLM at Mac, as well as the Civic Engagement Center. We know there are many racial justice organizations doing great work; we have chosen to concentrate our efforts on these organizations, which were suggested and selected by our community. Additional thanks to student organizations Adelante, Afrika!, Black Liberation Affairs Committee, BLM at Mac, Men of Color Collective, Women of Color Collective, and Proud Indigenous People for Education for their work, which informed our decision making.
Organizations to which donations were matched:
Black Lives Matter – Global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Black Lives Matter at Macalester College – Mac student group providing financial assistance for students who are protesting. Venmo: Fatiya-Kedir
COPAL MN (Communities Organizing Latinx Power and Action) – Organization that aims to unite Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines.
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center – An African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Rondo community of Saint Paul.
Migizi Communications – MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being, and justice for Native Youth and the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding their ruined building and Native youth.
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) – National organization that works to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Neighbors United Funding Collaborative – Locally-powered fund focused on strengthening and rebuilding the Midway community of Saint Paul, where many small businesses owned and operated by immigrants and people of color were destroyed.
Pimento Relief Fund – Fund to provide relief to black businesses without insurance after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests.
Reclaim the Block – Minnesota-based organization that aims to redirect the city budget from the police department and invest in other areas of need that promote community health and safety.
Stand With Minneapolis: We Can’t Breathe Fund – Local, Black-led, grass-roots organization inspired by the life of the Prophet Muhammad, providing the North Minneapolis community with food and other essentials.
Women For Political Change Mutual Aid Project – Project designed to share a collection of mutual aid funds and community resources, prioritizing women and trans & non-binary folks under the age of 30.
Youthprise – Organization whose mission is to increase equity with and for Minnesota’s indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth.