At Give Lively, we believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we support the ongoing struggles in cities and towns across America to seek positive change and redress deep imbalances.
Love. Pain. Solidarity. Fear. Togetherness. Frustration. Disappointment. Anger. Betrayal. Trust. Despondency. Hope. Action.
When the Give Lively team met on the morning of Monday, June 1, 2020, to discuss the tragedy of racial and social injustice in our nation, these were the words we spoke and the scope of our emotions.
But one thing was appallingly clear: George Floyd’s inexcusable death was a spark that has lit a fire. And the words “I can’t breathe,” ignored by the Minneapolis police officers, have deep meaning to thousands upon thousands of Black and brown people, and their allies.
Also clear was this: There is no room for excuses or equivocations. No place for silence or inaction. And no tolerance for misapplied criticism, for there is no "right way” to protest against racism, especially after decades of systemic injustice and indifference.
At Give Lively, we believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we support the ongoing struggles in cities and towns across America to seek positive change and redress deep imbalances through peaceful and non-violent protest. Now, we the people, who have a legitimate claim to great and righteous societal power — our voices and our votes — must not be afraid to use it.
If you wish to support causes on the front lines of this fight, please see some Give Lively member organizations doing this important work.
We know this is just an opening to a continued conversation — within our organization, our networks, our cities, our country.
We look forward to having this conversation with you as we journey on this path ourselves, and as we encourage others to do the same, always in pursuit of the diversity that enriches our country.
The Give Lively Team
In this year like no other, nonprofit organizations have stepped up in heroic ways, especially those at the forefront of the fight for racial and social justice. Here are some of those organizations, all Give Lively members.
Looking Out Foundation (benefiting Campaign Zero & Black Visions Collective)
Echoing Green Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund
National CARES Mentoring Movement
A Mother’s Love - Safe Communities Fundraiser
Performing Arts Initiative for Students of Color
Life Pieces to Masterpieces (Washington, DC)
Triad Cultural Arts, Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (Seattle, WA)
Open Signal Labs (Portland, OR)
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (Bay Area)
Voices for Racial Justice (Minnesota)
Ujamaa Place (MN Rapid Response Coalition) (Minneapolis)
Marnita's Table (Minneapolis)
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc. (Minnesota)
Every Meal (Minnesota)
Northside Economic Opportunity Network (Minnesota)
Integrate NYC (1.1 Million Dollars for 1.1 Million Students)
Good Call Arrest Support Hotline (Protecting the Right to Peacefully Protest in NYC)
360 Nation (Chicago)
Detroit Heals Detroit (Youth-Led Healing Hub)
Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (North Carolina)
COA Recovery Fund (Atlanta)
100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge (Louisiana)
100 Black Men of DFW (Dallas Fort Worth, Texas)
Brown Hope (Portland, Oregon)
Black Resilience Fund (Portland, Oregon)
Initiate Justice (California)
Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe (Oakland)