In many areas of the country and the world there are inadequate resources allocated for poor communities and people of color. The resources included on this list work to educate, empower, and uplift these underserved communities and individuals.
While Black Lives Matter is one of the most well-known and visible organizations at the forefront of the fight for justice and equality, there are many others. Obviously this list is not exhaustive, but is meant to highlight some of those those working hard to eliminate racial inequity and disparities.
National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering
The National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering is committed to helping minority men and women achieve success in STEM education and careers.
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
NABA is a network that offers career resources, scholarships, and career connections for Black accountants and students entering the field.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE is a student-governed organization dedicated to increasing the number of successful and culturally responsible Black engineers.
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
NABCJ is a non-profit association that works to provide leaders who are dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice.
National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA)
NBGSA is the largest interdisciplinary graduate organization for Black students in the United States. The organization has been advocating for black graduate students since it was founded in 1989.
National Black Student Union (NBSU)
NBSU was founded in 1998 and hosts the National Black Student Union Conference. NBSU also sponsors forums at local, state, and national levels on issues of importance to African-American students.
The Harlem Academy was established in 2004 and promotes equity of opportunity for promising students.
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado is dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering teen mothers and their children so that they may become productive community members.
Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Leadership Conference Education Fund provides a powerful voice for equality and equality and takes a stance against discrimination.
Jackie Robinson Foundation
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is committed to narrowing the achievement gap in higher education and preparing tomorrow’s leaders. The foundation’s scholars program has a stunning 98% graduation rate and provides generous 4-year grants, 42 strategies for success curriculum, job, and internship placement.
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan
JASEM leads, advances, inspires, and prepares the youth of the community through thoughtful programs and volunteer engagement.
Nashville Public Education Foundation
The Nashville Public Education Foundation works to support teachers and leaders to build schools where all children thrive.
New Teacher Center
The New Teacher Center is driven to end educational inequities and empower all students from preschool to high school to reach their full potential.
Page Education Foundation
The Page Education Foundation is dedicated to creating heroes through education and service by encouraging students of color to pursue higher education.
Rainier Scholars creates pathways to college graduation for students of color who are hard-working and come from low-income households.
Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO)
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity work to propel human potential by matching talent with opportunity.
The Eagle Academy Foundation Inc.
The Eagle Academy Foundation works with a network college preparatory schools in urban communities to educate and mentor all male students grades 6 through 12 into community leaders.
The Lyford Cay Foundation
The Lyford Cay Foundation supports increasing educational attainment in the Bahamas.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is the largest organization in the United States exclusively representing the Black college community.
The UNCF strives to achieve equality in education by offering scholarships, internships, and fellowships.
The Wellspring House provides temporary shelter for families, job training, job placement, career and educational planning, and adult education.
Civil Rights Charities
The Advancement Project tackles inequity with innovative strategies and works toward a caring, inclusive, and just democracy in the United States.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation is the premier defender of constitutional rights in the United States.
Center for Constitutional Rights
The Center for Constitutional Rights fights for the justice and liberation of communities under threat through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications.
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is dedicated to ending excessive punishment and mass incarceration in the United States. The EJI challenges racial and economic injustice and protects human rights.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund fights for racial justice across the United States. Using litigation, advocacy, and public education as tools, LDF pushes for change to expand democracy, eliminate racial disparity, and achieve racial justice.
National Urban League
The National Urban League is a civil rights organization that works to empower and elevate the standard of living in underserved communities.
Originally known as the Hate Free Zone, OneAmerica is an immigrant and refugee advocacy organization located in Washington State.
People’s Action Institute
The People’s Action Institute is a national network of grassroots power-building organizations united in the fight for justice in the United States.
Public Advocates works to strengthen community voices in public policy to fight the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination.
Race Forward partners with communities to build movements against racial injustice.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center works with communities to eradicate white supremacy and advance human rights for all people.
Texas Civil Rights Project
The Texas Civil Rights Project utilizes legal advocacy and litigation to protect and advance the civil rights of the people of Texas.
Community Development Resources
100 Black Men of America
100 Black Men of America is an African-American led mentoring organization in the United States.
ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York
ALIGN is an alliance of labor and community organizations united for a more just and sustainable New York.
Capital Region Community Foundation
Capital Region Community Foundation is dedicated to building thriving, inclusive, and uplifting communities where all people are valued and respected.
Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County is a charitable foundation established in 1985 and serves as a collaborator, convener, catalyst, and pipeline to address community issues.
Community Foundation of Grant County Indiana
The Community Foundation of Grant County Indiana connects people, resources, and causes for the betterment of the community.
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay makes positive changes in Tampa Bay by pioneering innovative projects and providing resources to help community organizations thrive.
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands manages more than 100 names funds, awards scholarships, and funds community programs, awards grants, and coordinates the establishment of memorial funds.
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts manages almost 600 named funds that are used to serve the Pioneer Valley and make a difference on a local scale.
Community Foundation Sonoma County
The Community Foundation Sonoma County connects people, ideas, and resources to help the people of Sonoma County.
Community Voices Heard (CVH)
Community Voices Heard is a black-led organization in New York State that works to build power in Black, brown, and low-income communities.
Foothills Community Foundation
The Foothills Community Foundation was founded in 1999 to promote philanthropy and to provide a catalyst for positive impact in the community.
Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice
Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice works to amplify the power of the community in order to advance equity and justice.
Louisville Urban League
The Louisville Urban League is committed to ending racism and its impact on the community.
Make the Road New York
Make the Road New York is dedicated to building power in immigrant and working-class communities with a goal of dignity and justice for all people.
Midland Area Community Foundation
Midland Area Community Foundation has a mission to provide philanthropic leadership to strengthen the community.
Mississippi Center for Justice
The Mississippi Center for Justice has worked since 2003 to dismantle policies that keep Mississippi at the bottom of almost every human well-being indicator and prevent African-American and low-income residents opportunities to advance and prosper.
National Black Child Development Institute
The National Black Child Development Institute has worked for over 40 years to engage leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents on issues that have a direct impact on Black children and their families.
North Carolina Community Foundation
The North Carolina Community Foundation is a statewide foundation that provides community assistance through more than 1,300 endowments.
North Texas Community Foundation
The North Texas Community Foundation is an organization dedicated to strengthening an 11-county region of Texas through civic leadership and philanthropy.
Pillsbury United Communities
Pillsbury United Communities is a system of programs, neighborhood centers, and social enterprises that empower individuals and families for the future.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol provides assistance and support to youth aged eight to 22 with a focus on leadership development, educational achievement, sexual responsibility, political education, and social justice.
United Community is a human services nonprofit agency that provides food, rental assistance, affordable childcare, ESL, citizenship classes, and family support.
Organizations for the Empowerment of Black Women
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women connects Black girls and women with education, programs, mentors, and professional development in the fields of health, education, and economics.
The National Council of Negro Women
The National Council of Negro Women is an organization of 300 campus and community-based organizations that empower Black women and their families and communities.
The National Black Women’s Justice Institute
The National Black Women’s Justice Institute conducts research, provides technical assistance, engages in public education, promotes civic engagement, and advocates for informed and effective policies to reduce racial and gender disparities that affect Black girls, women, and their families.
SisterLove, Inc. is an organization on a mission to provide HIV/AIDS education, prevention, support, and advocacy for human rights and reproductive justice.
The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs works to uplift women, children, and families through community service and education, scholarships, and the promotion of racial harmony.
The National Congress of Black Women
The National Congress of Black Women is a nonprofit organization that serves as a voice of advocacy on issues involving women with a goal of increasing the participation of Black women in politics and education, as well as in economic and social settings.
The Black Women’s Playwright Group
The Black Women’s Playwright Group provides a voice for female African American playwrights who write for professional theater.
Black Women’s Blueprint
Black Women’s Blueprint is committed to social justice organizing to promote the struggle of Black women and girls in the context of larger racial concerns that plague Black communities.
National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment
The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment is networking, empowerment, and resource group for women in the music and entertainment industry.
Business and Professional Associations and Foundations
Black Career Women’s Network
The Black Career Women’s Network is dedicated to helping Black women build their careers with confidence, strategies, and solutions.
African American Success Foundation
This foundation promotes a positive image of African Americans by highlighting their success and achievements in the community.
African American Environmentalist Association
The African American Environmentalist Association was founded in 1985 and works to protect the environment while increasing African American participation in the environmental movement.
African American Federal Executive Association
This non-profit organization works to advance African Americans into the senior ranks of the government in the United States.
African American Women in Cinema
AAWIC provides a platform, mentoring, and support for women of color filmmakers and creates business opportunities for minority women filmmakers.
American Association of Blacks in Energy
This association of Black energy professionals was founded to ensure that African Americans are heard and involved in discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association is dedicated to advancing the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers.
Association of African American Vintners
The Association of African American Vintners was founded in 2002 to increase awareness of the diversity in the wine industry, foster a spirit of cooperation and community, and facilitate access to relevant viticulture.
Association of Black Cardiologists
The Association of Black Cardiologists is dedicated to promoting the prevention and treatment of heart disease in Black people and other minority groups and has a goal to eliminate disparities and achieve health equity for all people.
Association of Black Psychologists
The Association of Black Psychologists works to make a positive impact on Black mental health through conventions, publications, and advertising.
Black Data Processing Association
The Black Data Processing Association is a collective of information technology thought leaders with membership including professionals and students in information technology, computer science, and all related STEM fields.
International Organization of Black Security Executives
The International Organization of Black Security Executives provides professional resources, education and training, and professional networking opportunities for minority security professionals.
National African-American Insurance Association
The National African-American Insurance Association is a network of people of color who work within the insurance industry.
National Alliance of Black School Educators
The National Alliance of Black School Educators is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the academic success and improving the educational experiences of all children, particularly African American.
National Association of African American Studies
The National Association of African American Studies was founded in 1992 with a goal to provide faculty and students with an opportunity to pursue scholarly endeavors.
NABHOOD: National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers
The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers is an organization that seeks to increase the number of African Americans who develop, manage, and operate hotels with the goal of increasing wealth within the African American community.
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
The National Association of Black Journalists is an organization of students, journalists, and other media-related professionals that advocate for Black journalists around the world.
National Black MBA Association, Inc.
The National Black MBA Association has a mission to lead in the creation of opportunities for minorities to learn, grow, and build wealth.
History and Culture
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
This performing arts community highlights African-American heritage and unites people of all races through dance.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel teaches visitors about American history and the Civil Rights Movement and promotes positive social change.
Apollo Theater Foundation
The Apollo Theater Foundation works as a partner in the projection of the African American narrative and serves as a platform for new artists, audiences, and the creative industry.
The HistoryMakers is committed to preserving and making widely available the untold personal stories of African Americans throughout history.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves challenges teachers and students to use the lessons history has taught us to stand up to racism and hate.
The King Arts Complex
The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex engages the community through performances and cultural and educational programs.
The Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Black Women’s Health Imperative was created by Black women to protect and advance the health and wellness of Black girls and women.
Amref Health Africa
Amref Health Africa is the largest healthcare nonprofit in Africa. The organization uses light aircraft to bring doctors and surgical services to remote communities.
Black AIDS Institute
The Black AIDS Institute provides high-quality HIV services and care to Black people across the United States.
California Dental Association Foundation
The California Dental Association Foundation is dedicated to improving the oral health of all people in California by eliminating barriers to care in underserved communities.
Clinics Can Help Inc.
Clinics Can Help Inc. provides durable medical equipment and medical supplies to adults and children to aid in their physical recovery.
Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services
The Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services provides basic human services and health care to community members in need.
International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation
The International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation is a patient-founded and patient-led nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting patients affected by Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and finding a cure.
National Health Law Program
The National Health Law Program litigates in state and federal courts to advance access to high-quality health care for underserved and low-income people.
The End Fund
The End Fund is dedicated to providing treatment and care to people at risk of neglected tropical diseases so that they may live healthy lives.
The Sphinx Organization
The Sphinx Organization in Detroit, Michigan is dedicated to transforming lives through diversity in the arts.