Responding to These Times: How Can Your Nonprofit Show Support and Solidarity?

June 11, 2020

2020 has been quite a year, to put it mildly.

Amidst the chaos of our COVID-19 reality, a movement has perhaps reached the tipping point of affecting real change. This movement was in response to so many things, including the death of George Floyd and other Black people whose lives were cut short due to police brutality. Times are uncertain but they are changing. The citywide protests across the country, the public, visible clamoring for justice and calls to action, demands accountability, peoples’ support of organizations including Black Lives Matter, and so, so much more, are indicative of this.

So are the many responses from various organizations and companies, some good, some tone-deaf. Most of them have come swiftly, with the understanding that time is of the essence. They display compassion, understanding, and solidarity with the movement.

This is not a political issue. It is an issue of who we are as a country. It is an issue of who we are as human beings. And, as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, noted so eloquently in her recent commencement speech to her alma mater,

“I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing. Because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.”

Check out the messages of support from these organizations: Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, The Election Science Organization, Alternatives for Girls, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), and Alliance for the Bay. Each of these nonprofits is either a Basics & More Alum or a subscriber. Read the heartening message from the President and the Board Chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. It is not hard to make your position unequivocally clear. Each message does just that.

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