The nationwide protests that unfolded over the weekend as a result of the repeated and systematic violence against members of the African-American community have us looking for ways to help. One way to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protesters across the country is to donate to bail funds and other organizations committed to change—and you can make these donations go even further with the help of some of our favorite small businesses.
Brands including Minna, Bulletin, and Adaptations are currently donating proceeds and matching donations to organizations like Black Visions Collective and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We’ll be routinely updating this story as more businesses step up, but for now, here are eight ways to get more involved.
In addition to giving $2,000 to Reclaim the Block and Color of Change, Block Shop has set aside $1,000 to match donations to any organization that supports the cause—email your receipt to email@example.com with the subject line DONATION.
Pigeon Toe Ceramics is running an Instagram auction over the next few days, offering a number of one-of-a-kind pieces, of which 100 percent of profits goes directly to the Unicorn Riot and Black Visions Collective. Cobalt blue wind chimes and a yellow zigzag soap dish are among the limited-edition items that have sold so far.
Artist and ceramist Katie Kimmel teamed up with other designers for a gift basket raffle that costs a minimum of $20 to enter. Donate to Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, the Minnesota Freedom Fund, or any other bail fund of your choosing, and email a screenshot of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3.
Leeward Woodwork is raffling off one of its armchairs (usually $800). Each entry costs $20, you can enter as many times as you want, and all proceeds go to Black Visions Collective. To enter, Venmo john-geating by June 5.
To win one of Wild Fang Home’s vintage Murano lamps (plus two other second- and third-place prizes), send $20 via PayPal to email@example.com, including your full name and Instagram handle. One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds will be donated daily to different Black Lives Matter organizations, and the winner will be announced on June 16.