By Deroy Peraza, Partner at Hyperakt
Land Return Organizations
The Lenape Center - Donations
Since 2009, the Lenape Center based in Manhattan and led by Lenape elders has created programs, exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposia, land acknowledgment, and ceremonies to continue the Lenape presence. Lenape Center is currently working towards the creation of a physical culture center.
Indian Land Tenure Foundation - Donations
The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is a national organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. They promote education, increase cultural awareness, create economic opportunity, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands.
ILTF is governed by an 11-member board made up of Indian landowners, tribal representatives, and those with a lifelong commitment to Indian land issues and rights.
NEFOC Land Trust - Donations
The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust* (NEFOC LT) is a hybrid model land trust, bringing together a community land trust model and a conservation land trust model to reimagine land access as well as conservation and stewardship of communities and ecosystems with the goal of manifesting a community vision that uplifts global Indigenous, Black, and POC relationships with land, skills, and lifeways.
Sogorea Té Land Trust - Donations
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.
Through the practices of rematriation, cultural revitalization, and land restoration, Sogorea Te’ calls on Native and non-native peoples to heal and transform the legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.
Community & Activism Support
PARC is a prison abolitionist group based on Oakland, California committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and classism of the Prison Industrial Complex. PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of resources to prisoners, their friends and family members.
CJP supports organizing for racial justice and human rights with innovative legal work. CJP's work combats state-sanctioned violence and the criminalization of youth of color. It aims to dismantle structural and institutional racism. Based in Miami and supported by grants from Echoing Green and Harvard Public Service Venture Fund among others.
Minnesota based organization dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation, we need a radical and ongoing investment in our own healing.
Founded in 1910, NUL helps African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.
Code2040's mission is to activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy. In 7 short years, Code2040 has grown into a community of over 6,000 students, company partners, volunteers, and allies. Based in San Francisco.
The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.
Colin Kaepernick’s traveling youth empowerment initiative. Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. Read about it in Paper.
Emergent Works is a community of software developers, designers, product specialists, and committed citizens working to build responsive software and community programs that address the most pressing challenges faced by organizations, and our society today.
Black Girls Code aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
Afrotectopia is building community at the intersections of Art, Design, Technology, Activism and Blackness through interdisciplinary innovation for long-lasting social impact.
The Laundromat Project is an arts organization that advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. We make art and culture in community while fostering leadership among our neighbors through our celebrated Create Change artist development programs, and our creative community-building initiatives across New York City.
The Black Lunch Table is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. Our aim is the production of discursive sites, at literal and metaphorical lunch tables, wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue on topics directly affecting our communities. We endeavor to create spaces, online and off, mirroring the activity and creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.
Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard, and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.
Weeksville Heritage Center is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s many free black communities. Our mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.
MoAD, a contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.
The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS) is an initiative to re-imagine the futures of marginalized peoples by generating dynamic work-spaces for artists of color. Dynamic means interactive, supportive, community-engaged, rigorous, and inclusive. Curated by Anaïs Duplan, the CAS hosts artists-in-residence and produces lectures, workshops, public forums, and exhibitions in collaboration with artists on the intersections of race, technology, and the diaspora.
Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, we seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. We provide grants to small ($750K or less) nonprofit organizations working to enhance the future of Black arts & culture.
Founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. Through non-partisan nationwide programming, we use art as a vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. We are a hub for artists, arts institutions, and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.
Policy Change, Advocacy & Research
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
Color of Change - Donations
CoC is a nationwide digital organizing group centering the needs and interests of Black people. They run sophisticated campaigns and do strong police, prosecutor, corporate, and general accountability work. Color Of Change helps you respond effectively to the injustice you see in the world around you. We effectively challenge the corporations that need to be challenged. We effectively challenge the politicians who need to be challenged. We don’t stop. Until justice is real.
Policy change advocacy org with a national footprint and large network of affiliate orgs. The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. Great article on divesting from police and investing in communities here.
Increasing power in Black communities through voter registration and advocating for voting rights so these communities can determine their own destiny. Based in Georgia with work centered in the South.
We are justice data and policy experts, grassroots organizers, attorneys and campaigners – we combine research and smart policy proposals with lobbying, constituency building and alliances to win changes in state laws. ASJ is a multi-state organization that aims to replace over-incarceration with more effective public safety solutions rooted in crime prevention, community health, rehabilitation and support for crime victims. Focused on the largest states in the country, we partner with state leaders and advocates to achieve safety and justice reforms through advocacy, organizing, coalition building, research and communications.
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
Decarceration and Divestment Movements
Just Leadership USA amplifies the power of directly impacted people by investing, educating, empowering, and elevating their voices, so they have the tools and resources to self-organize and advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. Together we build an equitable, fair, and just U.S.
The Movement for Black Lives is a coalition of over 100 groups with a national leadership team of experienced organizers and leaders. They are regranting dollars to groups around the country. M4BL supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem. M4BL seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives. Currently organizing a week of action in defense of Black lives.
Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind.
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. National network of chapters, with regular conferences. Established in 1997.
National Bail Fund Network provides support to community-based organizations across the country that are experimenting with bottom-up interventions that contest the current operation and function of the criminal legal and immigration detention systems. CJE produces tools and resources for organizers using community justice tactics to creatively tackle multiple drivers of criminalization and incarceration— including, but not limited to, money bail, court fees and fines, probation and parole, pretrial detention & supervision, and immigration detention & supervision. This is their local bail fund directory.
The Louisville Community Bail Fund exists to not only bail out folks, but provide post-release support to get them from jail, fed, and to a situation of safety.
The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund is on a mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home. Since bail money comes back to us when cases close, we're able to recycle every dollar donated at least twice per year.
Envision Freedom Fund works alongside impacted communities to dismantle the oppressive and interconnected criminal legal and immigration systems. With freedom as our guiding principle, we invest in innovative campaigns and programs that aim to win long-term, transformative change, while meeting the urgent needs of community members in the present.
This is an NYC bail fund focused on TRANS folks. 100% of donations go directly to posting bail for trans persons in immediate harm.
House of GG creates programs, services, and resources that positively impact the lives, history, and visibility of Transgender, gender-questioning, and gender-nonconforming people. We do this through programs that promote healing justice, resilience, and organizing among our communities, particularly by and for transgender women of color, to remove barriers that inhibit our survival.
SNaPCo builds power of Black trans and queer people to force systemic divestment from the prison industrial complex and invest in community support. This is a 100% Black run and staffed org.
Posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detention and raises awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ overincarceration
F2L is a relief fund for BIPOC who are queer or trans who are incarcerated in New York.
G.L.I.T.S. approaches the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, economic and social justice, along with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions from our own community.
For the Gworls are a Black, trans-led collective that curates parties to fundraise money to help Black transgender people pay for their rent, gender-affirming surgeries, smaller co-pays for medicines/doctor’s visits, and travel assistance.
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement works at local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice