10 GoFundMe Campaigns That Benefit Black Women
Most of the time it feels as though Black women are the only ones looking out for and encouraging Black women. Many of us are also looking for more tangible ways to do so, aside from kind words and social media likes, which is why we put together this list. If you want to truly put your money where your mouth is, consider contributing to these GoFundMe campaigns that are doing everything from creating Black Female Think Tanks and funding therapy, to giving Black mom’s life-saving information and setting up safe spaces where we don’t have to hold back any aspect of ourselves.
If you want to do something good for Black women, flip ahead to see how you can contribute to some worthy campaigns that aim to lift us up.
Harriet Tubman risked life, limb, and freedom to help countless Black people escape slavery and Catrice Jackson of Omaha, Nebraska, believes that her mission has yet to be truly fulfilled. Although Black women are among the most educated and are able to pursue political office and high-ranking careers, if they so choose, we know that being Black and a woman comes with social limitations. As Catrice put it, “there is no public place that a Black woman is safe and free to be her natural self, she is in a constant state of weathering.”
Catrice is hoping that she can change that with her campaign to fund Harriet’s Dream. With it, Catrice hopes to provide a safe space where Black women can feel free to be fully themselves and celebrate that. She is more than halfway to her second level goal of earning $100,000 towards putting a down payment on a building that would house her facility.
There’s power in numbers and when Black Women work together, we’re damn near unstoppable. That’s why Pamela Crockett of Severn, Maryland, wants to bring more of us together to see what problems we can solve for ourselves. This isn’t a new idea for her, she had a similar collective back in the 90s. Since many of the issues that concerned as a Black woman still exist today–some of which have gotten worse– she believes it’s time to build another think tank.
This campaign is her effort to “bring together powerful minds in the same room, on the same page or simply moving in the right direction towards our self-defined relevance and rightful place.” Black women set trends on all levels, and its time we use that ability to our own advantage. Being so close to Washington, DC, she has the great potential of snagging some powerful and influential minds for the mission of making the world better for Black women. Pamela is hoping to raise $50,000 towards her goal, and she’s got a long way to go to reach it.
When you flip through fantastic stories filled with adventure and magic–or ones about exciting new worlds–Black girls are rarely featured in the tales. Black Girls need all the representation that their parents can amass, so Black Girls Writing is hoping to add another book about carefree Black girls to the collection of stories they have to choose from.
Rita Hodges of Brusly, California, has started a campaign representing a collective of Black women authors who also want to bring more stories about Black women to bookshelves everywhere. Their hope is to facilitate authenticity when it comes to the stories about Black women that make it to market.
As stories about declining birth rates continue to crop up in the news, it gets harder not to notice the lack of attention that goes to maternal mortality in the Black community. Black women are dying in and after childbirth at higher rates than other moms for a number of reasons. Aside from insisting on better care and paying attention to our bodies, many of us don’t know what else to do.
Samsarah Morgan of Oakland, California, is hoping to arm new moms (and those who have recently given birth again) with the information that could save their lives in “Birth: A Black Woman’s Survival Guide.” She’s aiming to raise $2,500 to self publish the book, which she hopes to distribute for free to moms-to-be. Those who donate $60 or more will receive a copy of the book as well.
Every election cycle we’re bombarded with reminders about getting out to vote. While more and more of us are becoming more engaged in the voting process, Black Girls Vote, Inc. is hoping to raise money to fund their mission of “engaging, educating, and empowering women of color, particularly those 18-25 years old, to use the political process to improve the the quality of life for our families and communities.”
Black Girls Vote works to register more of us so that we can vote, and it wants to expand its presence on college campuses. On the surface, this might seem like an issue that is being neglected, but it requires constant vigilance. Don’t forget many of us have family members who were born into a world where they were not legally allowed to vote. Now, we live in a time where politicians are actively, unabashedly engaging in voter suppression. Supporting Black Girls Vote might be a way to help fight back against that.
There’s room on The Great White Way for Black Girls, but many with dreams of hitting the stage have trouble finding the path there. Arts Without Boundaries, LLC, is hoping to get them headed in the right direction with the Black Girls Do Broadway program.
The nine-week program is aimed at helping Black girls in the Philadelphia area find their voice and providing them with training in three disciplines of musical theater: acting, dancing, and vocal arts. The program starts in April, so they only have a few weeks to reach their $5,000 goal, and you can be among the first donors.
While seeking therapy to cope with multiple challenges in her life, Brooklyn resident Rachel Cargle took it upon herself to help bring more access for similar treatment to more Black women and girls. Mental health care, though crucial to our overall wellbeing, is just not affordable for many of us who desperately need it. So, for her 30th birthday, Rachel started a GoFundMe campaign with the goal of raising money that would be used to sponsor therapy sessions for as many women as she could help.
This fund has made more than double its goal of $100,000. In fact, as of this publication, it has made more than $217,000! For most campaigns that would be enough to close up shop, but this one is still open. That means you can still do your part to help other Black women get the healing they need. The more money they make, the more women they can help!
Nia Wilson’s murder shook us all because her death was the result of an unprovoked attack. The 18-year-old and her sister were waiting for a train at the Bay Area Rapid Transit station platform in Oakland, California when John Lee Cowell stabbed them.
This vicious attack prompted Ashley Yates of Oakland to start a campaign aimed at supplying Black women/femmes with means of self-defense such as “pepper spray, personal alarms, and other safety devices.” Anything earned above and beyond their goal would go towards self-defense training. This campaign has only gotten halfway to making its $10,000 goal, so there is still plenty of need for help here.
Sisters Cassandra Pryor and Melody Smalls of the Bronx are on a mission to teach Black Girls to love themselves before the world can do too much damage. These ladies have already surpassed their goals, but people are still donating to the cause. It takes a lot of money to keep the mission going, so feel free to contribute.
The waves are getting some Black Girl Magic as Black female surfers hit the water. Now that surfing is being added to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Black Girls Surfing is raising money for Olympic hopefuls Khajdou Sambe (Senegal ) and Kadiatu Kamara (Sierra Leone), who are the first and only female surfers in their countries. Black Girls Surf will provide them with training for their Olympic journey, and their campaign is within paddling distance of its $10,000 goal. When the ladies step into the arena for the opening ceremony, contributors to the campaign will have the pride of knowing they helped two more Black girls make it there–showing Black girls everywhere that there is nothing they can’t do.