Resources for Education, Listening, Accountability, & Support

June 9, 2020

As both nonprofit professionals and human beings, it is our personal responsibility to do what is necessary to fight racism. Right now is a critical time. We must educate ourselves, hold others accountable, do the work (from donating, to signing petitions, to contacting officials, to protesting), and above all, we must listen.

This battle is ongoing and will not “blow over.” It is not a trend. It is not something to be abandoned once social media support dies down. It is up to us to stay focused and avoid comfort and complicity at all costs.

These resources will hopefully help you listen, educate yourself, and act in ways that fight systemic racism. And it’s by no means exhaustive. Please share any resources that you’ve personally found invaluable by emailing me at and I’ll list them.

Online Resources & Articles

The Root Newsletter
A media platform that serves as a space for Black voices and perspectives. The articles published here are informative, humorous, and witty.

Content geared toward Black audiences is noticeably absent from mainstream media. TheGrio is the first video-centric news community site devoted to fulfilling this need.

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies. “How can I be a stronger ally?” is a question many of us have asked lately. This begins to answer it.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Policy Template

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Nonprofit Sector – Essential Resources for Nonprofit Professionals. Software company Bloomerang has compiled a thoughtful listing of resources for the nonprofit sector.

What a Cardiothoracic Surgeon Sees When He Sees George Floyd. A powerful, powerful read.


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.
DiAngelo writes and provides insight based on her personal experiences working as a diversity and inclusion training facilitator. The concept “white fragility” refers to the way white people often feel attacked or offended when the topic of racism arises.

Minority Leader: How to Lead From the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
One of the many disempowering effects of systemic racism is that POCs are disadvantaged when it comes to attaining leadership positions. Abrams has drawn from her own experiences to provide a handbook that seeks to provide tools, exercises, and insight for navigating this situation.

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
At this point, it should be alarmingly clear that being “not a racist” is not enough. This American University Professor explores racism in such a comprehensive way, including its many intersections, to provide a clearer understanding of what it is, here and now. We need to know exactly what we’re fighting.

If You Want to Learn About Anti-Racism, These 10 Books Are a Start. Succinct and useful listing. From Esquire.

Nonprofit Organizations

The Innocence Project
Founded by two lawyers in 1992, this nonprofit is passionately dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted.

Black Lives Matter
Founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, this global organization is a driving force in the current movement. BLM seeks to eradicate white supremacy and fight violence inflicted on Black communities. Their work is absolutely vital.

This nonprofit fights systemic racism by providing resources and spaces for dialogue so that parents can raise children who are informed and thoughtful about race.

The Philadelphia Bail Fund
Those who cannot afford bail sit in a city jail cell for an average of 100 days before their case is heard before a judge. This revolving fund posts bail for those who cannot afford it. PBF’s goal is to eliminate cash bail in Philadelphia completely.

The Minnesota Freedom Fund
Founded in 2016, this fund in Minnesota also seeks to provide cash bail for those who cannot afford it. Because freedom shouldn’t be only accessible to those who can afford it.

Reclaim the Block
Founded in 2018, this Minneapolis-based coalition is dedicated to reallocating funds from the police department toward other areas of the city’s budget in a way that promotes health and safety.

Films and Media

I Am Not Your Negro
This 2016 documentary film, an exploration of racism through James Baldwin’s memories of prominent civil rights leaders, is based on his unfinished manuscript, Remember This House.

When They See Us
This Netflix miniseries created by Ava DuVernay is based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. Five teenagers were terrorized by the NYPD, wrongfully convicted, and ultimately exonerated.

The Innocence Files
The Innocence Project works to overturn wrongful convictions. This series tells eight different wrongful conviction stories that involve people the nonprofit has helped exonerate.

Jane Elliott’s “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” Anti-Racism Exercise | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN. An oldie, but worth a revisit.

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