Celebrating Juneteenth: Freedom Day

Jun 19, 2021

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, is now a federally recognized holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. On June 19th, 1865 enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were informed that they were now free people following the Emancipation Proclamation that had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and other rebellion states in 1862.

This day has been celebrated by many African American communities since 1866 and as we recognize the importance of this holiday we want to encourage all of our community members to give back and get involved in the causes that uplift and create a momentous impact to better the lives of marginalized communities!

Giving Circles and Communities:

A major way to give back is by creating a giving circle! Giving Circles are like book clubs for donating, individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and the causes that matter to them. Today we’d like to spotlight our Black-led and Racial justice oriented circles

Featured giving circles:

Black Racial Justice Giving Circle

“The fight against racism has existed for hundreds of years, and will likely extend past our lifetime. Each month we give to Black-led organizations fighting structural racism. This giving circle is a way to commit to be a part of our generation's chapter of this work.”

Black Trans Lives Thrive

Black Trans Lives Thrive is a giving circle that supports nonprofits and organizations ran by and for Black trans women. Members have donated at least $25 a month and raised over $20k over the last year.

Geaux Girl Giving

Geaux Girl Giving is an intimate collective of Black womxn dedicated to supporting Black womxn-led social change across the New Orleans region. Collectively, they gift four micro grants to organizations and programs that serve Black womxn and girls.

The Squad for Black Girls and Women in Sports

The squad for Black Girls and Women in Sports is a group of former athletes who use philanthropy as a means of social justice advocacy championing Black girls and women.

Their mission is to empower and support Black girls and women in the community by developing leaders, strengthening organizations led by Black girls and women, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Their secondary goals include encouraging group economics, cultivating Black philanthropists, and diversifying the philanthropy sector.

Donate to these giving circles today!

Juneteenth Virtual Events

Juneteenth is a time to gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. Discover ways to celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom. Listed below are the virtual Juneteenth events hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in a series called Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience.

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Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

Location: Virtual

Date: Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:00am to 11:00am

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Genealogy & Records of Intrigue

Location: Virtual

Date: Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Porch Stories – Tales of Slavery and Beyond

Location: Virtual

Date: Sat Jun 19, 2021 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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Juneteenth: Connecting the Historic to the Now

Location: Virtual

Date: Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Community Soundstage: A Conversation with Amythyst Kiah

Location: Virtual

Date: Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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View all events here.

Giving that promotes well-being

Below you will find non-profit organizations that serve various Black communities in a number of ways. We encourage all of our giving circles to consider supporting them in your next or upcoming giving cycle

The Loveland Foundation

Established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.

The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve. Donate to their therapy fund directly through their website or through your own giving circle.

Mamatoto Village

Devoted to serving Black womxn through the creation of career pathways in maternal health; and providing accessible perinatal support services designed to equip womxn with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions in their maternity care, parenting, and lives. Donate directly through their website or through your own giving circle.

Black Mama’s Matter Alliance

BMMA is a national network of black women-led organizations and multi-disciplinary professionals who work to ensure that all Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. BMMA honors the work and historical contributions of black women’s leadership within their communities and values the need to amplify this work on a national scale. For this reason, BMMA does not have chapters. The alliance is composed of existing organizations and individuals whose work is deeply rooted in reproductive justice, birth justice, and the human rights framework. Donate directly through their website or through your own giving circle.

For The Gworls!

A Black, trans-led collective that curates parties to fundraise money to help Black transgender people pay for their rent, gender-affirming surgeries, smaller co-pays for medicines/doctor’s visits, and travel assistance.

Due to COVID-19, they are not currently hosting parties but will be back once everything opens back up. In the meantime, you can still apply for assistance under the Applications tab and donate either through Black Trans Live Thrive, your own giving circle, or directly through their website.

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