From sea to shining sea, American corporations are standing in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter to correct racial inequities and end police violence. They have opened their checkbooks to support a protest movement that has galvanized the American public. A precious moment in our history that continues to claim the lives and livelihoods of Black Americans.
Bank of America has committed $1 billion. The Pohlad family, owners of the Minnesota Twins, has dedicated $25 million to racial justice. Even Michael Jordan, usually quiet on racial issues, has committed $100 million in the fight. Municipalities are volunteering resources for local nonprofits. Additionally, the campaign to "Defund the Police" calls for the re-distribution of funding to local initiatives such as community centers, mental health services, and housing.
Many of these life-changing funds will be dispersed to nonprofits for implementation.
The Inequality of Nonprofits
Nonprofits take on the nation's most excruciating social dilemmas, including advocating for the underserved and voiceless in society. Yet, the majority of its leaders work strategically to avoid acknowledging systemic racism in its own offices and boardrooms.
The needle has moved slowly since the 1970s when the nonprofit sector began its rise to where it is today. Nonprofits are now the third-largest employer after the government and retail.
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Simone Joye Eford is a national award-winning nonprofit veteran, author of Starting and Building an Awesome Nonprofit for A New Generation, and the Executive Director of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association. She is also a Founding Board Member of the National Association of Nonprofit Professionals (NANPP).