Looking to diversify your nonprofit donations? Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are a good start, but consider sharing your money with smaller organizations that are focused on helping marginalized populations. I regularly donate to:
The Audre Lorde Project is near to my heart because it’s named for the amazing black feminist Audre Lorde. Lorde was an activist, poet, novelist, and teacher who centered intersectionality in all of her work. Though you should absolutely read as much of her work as you can get your hands on (start with Sister Outsider), you can help her spirit live on by supporting the Audre Lorde Project.
From their website:
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
My friend Madalena drew my attention to this group, which is connected to MALDEF (the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund). Their name stands for Familia, Trans Queer Liberation Movement. In their own words:
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM) is the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities. Familia: TQLM is inclusive and serves of all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. We also collaborate with non-LGBTQ families and friends who support our vision of a united LGBTQ Latino and Latina community.
The Futuro Media Group produces my favorite podcast, Latino USA, and works to provide high-quality investigative journalism that reflects the true diversity of our world. If you care about investigative journalism and diversifying the media, this organization works tirelessly toward that cause.
Futuro Media creates multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. As an independent nonprofit organization, we produce journalism that is designed to educate and enlighten viewers and listeners.
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The work of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) focuses on three main program areas:
Abortion Access and Affordability
Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity
Immigrant Women’s Health and Rights
Low-income women of color have the hardest time getting access to reproductive justice in this country. This organization works directly to combat that, and practices work that is sex-positive, culturally responsive, and intersectionally focused.
I first learned about the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in a class on transgender theory in college. This organization is named for Sylvia Rivera, a civil rights organizer at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots. SRLP offers legal help to trans folks, does outreach and advocacy in prisons, and works intersectionally to help people of all gender identities.
Here is part of their mission statement:
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.