In a year that was not without many challenges, you helped us support organizations that build healthy communities, support creatives, and protect self-expression.
From attending Live Sessions in October that helped us support No Kid Hungry, to making projects that allowed us to support One Million Masks, we thank you for your generosity, your time, and your unique creative abilities.
Together, we supported several initiatives this year to help our communities. Read more about the organizations you helped us support:
One Million Masks: One Million Masks is an initiative in the NYC startup community to get one million masks to healthcare workers on the front lines in NYC and beyond.
Campaign Zero: Campaign Zero has built a comprehensive guide about policies that aim to correct broken windows policing, excessive force, racial profiling, and more.
Black Lives Matter: The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, freedom, and space for imagination and innovation to Black people.
ACLU of Minnesota: The local chapter of ACLU working to promote, protect, and extend the civil liberties and civil rights of people in Minnesota.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: The country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice.
Know Your Rights Camp: A campaign for youth that’s working to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.
Fair Fight: A Political Action Committee (PAC) fighting for free and fair elections around the nation.
Committee to Protect Journalists: A non-profit that promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists to report the news safely.
No Kid Hungry: No Kid Hungry is “a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.” The initiative launched in 2010, and aims to create a world in which there is no childhood hunger.
Black Artists and Designers Guild: The Black Artists and Designers Guild is a global collective of independent Black artists, makers, and designers. Their mission is to “build a more equitable and inclusive creative culture by advancing a community of independent Black artists, makers, and designers in creative industries.” The organization was founded in 2018 and offers programming and events that create dialogue, take action towards rewriting the narrative behind misrepresentation of Black legacy in design, and brings awareness to the inequitable design culture.
Black Art Futures Fund: The Black Art Futures Fund is “a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts and culture.” The organization was founded in 2017 and uses grant making, board matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation to build, advocate, and strengthen the future of Black art. Their vision is to grow emerging philanthropists through structured community, and provide impactful general operating grants to support the future of the work.
GLSEN: GLSEN champions LGBTQ issues in K-12 education. Founded in 1990, the organization works to “ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.” They have a national network of educators, students, and local chapters to help bring their vision to light. They help develop and advocate for supportive educators, comprehensive policies, inclusive curriculum, and support student GSAs to inspire greater equity in the classroom.
100 Cameras: 100 Cameras works with children around the world who have endured challenging circumstances and teaches them how to process and tell their stories through photography. The non-profit seeks to impact how children view themselves and their role in their community, while offering a platform to sell their photographs (100% of the proceeds funds the most pressing needs in those very communities).
Lastly, we launched a Skillshare scholarship program in direct response to the pandemic, to offer memberships to those in need. We felt grateful to be able to help in some small way.