Black History Month, celebrated in February, is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of Black people and culture in the United States. For your company, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. From employee engagement initiatives to giving back to the community, there are plenty of ways to honor and celebrate Black History Month meaningfully.
If you are looking for ways to fundraise for organizations that support Black lives and futures, here are actionable ways to get started:
💌 Send your employees GiveCards - Send charitable gift cards to your employees, which lets them choose a nonprofit cause to support during Black History Month.
💸 Launch a workplace giving campaign - Create a fundraising campaign that supports a nonprofit focused on racial justice and match all donations made in February (or up to a certain dollar amount).
🎧Let employees volunteer online
Build career readiness kits for youngsters from diverse backgrounds - Virtual volunteers will help empower younger generation from diverse communities by curating a career readiness kit, which will include interview prep flashcards, mindfulness dice, a career resource workbook, and more. These kits will help equip youth with insights into various career choices, helping them make informed decisions.
Record audiobooks on Black leaders to inspire young girls - Volunteers will audio record inspiring stories and excerpts of speeches from famous Black leaders like MLK Jr., Jesse Owens, and Maya Angelou. These recordings will educate and inspire young girls about their contributions to history and bring positive societal changes.
Make fact cards on important laws around equality in the civil rights movement - Volunteers will make fact cards for children on laws around equality in the civil right movement. These fact cards will highlight the various additions made to federal regulations for equal rights throughout the years of the movement. This activity will help inform children about the various laws that helped remove racial segregation and discrimination in America.
Curate a playlist of songs by Black female artists - Volunteers can share their favorite pieces of music by Black female artists and curate a playlist of songs for youth. These playlists will provide young girls with inspiration and female role models to follow in art and culture.
There are many nonprofit organizations to support during Black History Month. Here are a few making a big difference for Black people in America:
National Urban League - National Urban League is dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund - NAACPworks to advance and defend the dignity and citizenship of Black people in America through the power of law, narrative, research and people.
Color of Change - Color of Change develops campaigns that build real power for Black communities by challenging injustice, holding corporate and political leaders accountable, commissioning research on systems of equality and advancing solutions for racial justice.
National Civil Rights Museum - The National Civil Rights Museum is noted as one of the nation’s premier heritage and cultural museums and offers interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events.
Equal Justice Initiative - Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment by challenging racial and economic injustice and protecting basic human rights.
UNCF - UNCF works to increase the total number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation.