How to Fund Black Women

A resource guide on where to shop, fund, invest in, and learn about dismantling systemic racism.

By Nikki Coats

Combatting wealth inequality for Black Americans—reparations, investing in Black communities, and economic justice—is central to a path toward freedom. There is no racial justice without economic justice. And that means we have to step up.

As a small first step, we’ve compiled a resource guide of ways for you to shop, fund, invest in, and learn about dismantling systemic racism. Join us in doing and being better. Black Lives Matter.


Educate Yourself

Do not ask Black women for educational resources. Instead, buy these books, listen to these podcasts, and watch these films to learn how to dismantle racism and your own white privilege.

Books to Read

  • Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks
    Black Looks is an essay collection that sharply critiques the way blackness and Black people have historically been stereotyped and portrayed in literature, music, television, and film. Through twelve essays, bell hooks, speaking to white people, in particular, unveils the significance of race and representation and condemns the general exploitation and appropriation of Black culture.
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele, foreword by Angela Davis
    If you are looking to better understand the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the people who risk their lives by fighting for its behalf, then this memoir which details “what it means to be a Black woman in America” by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and journalist Asha Bandele is a must-read.
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
    In Eloquent Rage, Brittney Cooper dismantles the misguided notion that a Black woman’s anger is a sign of weakness. Instead, she teaches readers about the difference between rage and respectability and demonstrates the way this ‘rage’ grants women with the strength to not only survive but thrive, in America.
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
    Originally an Instagram-challenge that went viral, Layla F. Saad presents a 28-day challenge that consists of a series of guided reflections regarding what racism is, the ways it continues to be embodied, and the way to begin reconstructing your relationship with white supremacy. Formatted as a workbook, Me and White Supremacy is an excellent starting point for those looking to dismantle their privilege and deconstruct their internalized racism.

Click here for our full list of book recommendations

Podcasts to Listen To

  • 1619 hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones
    An audio series examining the history of slavery in America, starting with the moment it all began: May 20, 1619, when a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia.
  • Pod Save the People co-hosted by Brittany Packnett Cunningham
    A weekly podcast reviewing news, culture, social justice, and politics while honing in on the (frequently overlooked) stories that impact people of color.
  • Pod for the Cause hosted by Ashley Allison
    Produced by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, this podcast discusses census, justice reform, fighting hate & bias, judicial nominations, fair courts, voting rights, and more with the aspiration of spurring activism among millennials of color and allies.
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast hosted by Chevon and Hiba
    A discussion on race and pop culture as it relates to advancing racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.
  • Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
    A podcast hosted by the civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory who coined the term intersectionality. Each episode features Crenshaw in conversation with some of the world’s most innovative activists, artists, and scholars and explores a different topic through an intersectional lens.
  • Code Switch co-hosted and produced by Shereen Marisol Meraji
    A “fearless conversation about race” featuring several journalists of color discuss how race impacts every part of society, making every person a part of the conversation.
  • About Race hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge
    From the author of the bestselling book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, this podcast delves into the recent history of America that has led to the political situation we are in today.

 Films to Watch

  • 13th directed and produced by Ava DuVernay
    A critically acclaimed documentary that explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, honing in on why the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
  • When They See Us directed by Ava DuVernay
    A mini-series retelling the true story of the Central Park Five; a group of five black young men that in 1989 were falsely accused and subsequently charged with assaulting and raping a jogger in New York’s Central Park.
  • Selma directed by Ava DuVernay
    A film following the impactful 1965 civil rights demonstrations led by Martin Luther King Jr. which eventually resulted in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Clemency directed and screenplay by Chinonye Chukwu
    While this film at its surface chronicles the psychological toll on Warden Bernadine Williams carries from working as an executioner on the death row, at its core, it is a raw depiction of racism and injustice within the justice system.
  • Night Catches Us directed by Tanya Hamilton
    Set in Philadelphia in 1976, this film subtly yet powerfully portrays the era of the Black Panther Party and the black community writ large during that time.
  • Harriet directed by Kasi Lemmons
    A film chronicling the monumental life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman; from escaping slavery to “the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad.”
  • Daughters of the Dust directed by Julie Dash
    A movie set in 1902, depicting three generations of Gullah women as they prepare to leave South Carolina, shedding light on the time period’s “Great Migration of African-Americans, survivors of slavery and the descendants of former slaves, to the North.”
  • Queen & Slim screenplay by Lena Waithe, directed by Melina Matsoukas
    A romantic thriller about a couple’s first date gone, it is a commentary on larger issues relating to the deep flaws in our justice system and police violence towards black people.
  • The Rosa Parks Story directed by Julie Dash
    A biopic telling of the life of the civil rights activist Rosa Parks, including how her decision to refuse to give up her bus seat ignited a major civil rights demonstration and greatly contributed to mobilizing people in the civil rights movement.

Additional Resources


Donate to these Funds & Organizations

Financial support is critical to movement building. Consider a one-time or recurring donation. 

  • ACLU (National)
    The ACLU Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race. DONATE
  • Black Visions Collective (Minnesota)
    Black, Trans, and Queer led legal fund and social justice organization rooted in healing and transformative justice with a feminist lens; official chapter of Black Lives Matter Global Network in Minnesota. DONATE
  • Bail Funds (National)
    A collection of community resources for protestors around the country, created in conjunction with and verified by the National Bail Fund Network. DONATE
  • Color of Change
    The largest online racial justice organization in the country, it designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back by moving decision-makers in corporations and government. DONATE
  • Equal Justice Initiative
    Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. DONATE
  • Fair Fight (National though Georgia-focused)
    Ensures fair elections and combats voter suppression. DONATE
  • Know Your Rights Campaign (National)
    Founded by Colin Kaepernick the organization provides education and training in black and brown communities, as well as hiring defense attorneys for anyone arrested protesting police brutality. DONATE
  • LEAP Action
    Founded by Ava DuVernay, LEAP (the Law Enforcement Accountability Project) is a fund dedicated to elevating activist storytelling around police brutality and murder through funding short-term projects in film, theater, photography, fine art, music, poetry, literature, sculpture, and dance. DONATE
  • The Legal Rights Center (Minnesota)
    Provides criminal defense and legal services for low-income people of color in and around Minneapolis, including arrested protesters. DONATE
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    America’s top legal–and first human and civil rights–firm fighting for racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education. DONATE
  • Northstar Health Collective
    Medics for protesters. The group of nurses, doctors, and healthcare providers work in alliance with mainstream and anti-authoritarian organizations to create safe and healthy events. DONATE
  • Reclaim the Block (Minnesota)
    Invest in violence prevention, housing, resources for youth, emergency mental health response teams, and solutions to the opioid crisis. DONATE
  • The Movement for Black Lives (Atlanta)
    Comprised of hundreds of organizations that coordinate actions, messages, and campaigns, The Movement for Black Lives Fund supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy, and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem. DONATE
  • Unicorn Riot
    A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings. DONATE.
  • National Bail Out
    Building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. DONATE.
  • Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund
    A fund created by Black Trans Femmes in the Arts. The funds raised will go to support Black trans protesters with resources, medical care, and bail. DONATE.
  • The Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund
    An initiative by The Okra Project that raises money to pay for one-time mental health therapy sessions for Black trans people with licensed Black women therapists. DONATE.
  • Campaign Zero
    An organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America. DONATE.
  • Black Candidates Running for Office in 2020
    “If we want to make real change in this country, that change needs to be reflected in our leaders.” Donate to a candidate, a campaign, or voter access group to support the next wave of change-makers. DONATE.

Invest Directly in Companies Created and Owned by Black Founders

Invest in the companies which reflect the world you want to see. By joining one of these funds or syndicates, you can.

  • BLCK VC
    Co-founded by Sydney Sykes, BLCK VC connects, engages, and empowers Black venture investors by providing a community built for and by other Black venture investors. INVEST
  • Black Angel Tech Fund
    Committed to investing in promising young Black talent and bridging the gap between Black entrepreneurs and investors. INVEST
  • Black Women Raise
    a platform and community designed to accelerate the ability of leading black female founders to raise growth capital, scale-up and create pathways for the women behind them. JOIN
  • Digitalundivided
    Dedicated to making entrepreneurship and innovation more inclusive by investing in Black and Latinx women-led startups. INVEST
  • Fearless Fund
    Invests in WOC-led startups that are seeking pre-seed, seed level, and Series A financing. INVEST
  • New Voices Fund
    Created to empower women of color by helping startup founders from the ground up with dedicated training and support leading their companies to success. INVEST
  • Kapor Capital
    Deeply committed to investing in diverse entrepreneurs with early-stage startups whose business success generates positive change in the world. INVEST

Follow these Movement Builders

Learn from these activists (and donate to their own funding pages).


Shop these Black Women-Owned Businesses

Money is Power. How will you use yours? 

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Fashion

Rebecca Allen founded by Rebecca Allen

Liberté founded by Amber Tolliver

ASHYA founded by Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece

Coco & Breezy founded by Corianna (“Coco”) and Brianna (“Breezy”) Dotson

Beauty

Dehiya Beauty founded by Dr. Mia Chae Reddy

Golden Flourish founded by Racheal Daley

Goodnight Darling founded by Aycee Brown

Matrescence Skincare founded by Raquel Nowak

The Cristalline founded by Rashia Bell

Anne’s Apothecary founded by Anne Suinner-Lawoyin

Golde founded by Trinity Mouzon

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Fashion

Cushnie founded by Carly Cushnie

Brother Vellies founded by Aurora James

Stella Jean SJ founded by Stella Jean

Zaime founded by Zapora Williams

Fe Noel founded by Felicia Noel

Lorraine West Jewelry founded by Lorraine West

Nubian Skin founded by Ade Hassan

Hope For Flowers founded by Tracy Reese

Tori Soudan founded by Tori Soudan

Kahindo founded by Kahindo Mateene

Kimberly Goldson founded by Kimberly Goldson

Of Whonder founded by Carmencita Whonder

Keeyahri founded by Keya Martin

Vavvoune founded by Valerie Blaise

Love Leone founded by Symon Leone

Urdan Celeste founded by  Urdan Celeste

Cee Cee’s Closet founded by Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo

Roit Swim founded by Monti Landers

Rachel Stewart founded by Rachel Stewart

Sincerely, Tommy founded by Kai Avent-deLeon

Wales Bonner founded by Grace Wales Bonner

Hanifa founded by Anifa Mvuemba

Tove Studio founded by Camille Perry

Martine Rose founded by Martine Rose

Lem Lem founded by Liya Kebede

Chalk Jewelry founded by Malaika Carr 

Beauty

Beneath Your Mask founded by Dana Jackson 

KNC Beauty founded by Kristen Noel Crawley

MyKarite  founded by Naana Boakye

Oui the People founded by  Karen Young

Mented Cosmetics founded by KJ Miller 

Epi Logic founded by Chaneve Jeanniton

Klur founded by Lesley Thornton

Uoma Beauty founded by Sharon Chuter

Skin Buttr founded by Tatiana Elizabeth

Camara AUnique Beauty founded by Camara Aunique 

Lauren Napier founded by Lauren Napier 

Luv Scrub founded by Caroline Owusu-Ansah

Abe Love Apothecary founded by Aba Gyepi-Garbrah

Play Pits founded by Chantel Powell 

Beauty Bakerie Makeup founded by Cashmere Nicole

Bolden Usa founded by Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa

Bekura Beauty founded by Rashida Jefferson

The Lip Bar founded by Melissa Butler

Get Your Nails Did founded by Adrienne Blanks 

Gilded founded by Blair Armstrong

Range Beauty founded by Alicia Scott

Yelle Skincare founded by Yandy Smith-Harris 

Hyper Skin founded by Desiree Verdejo 

Hanahana Beauty founded by Abena Boamah

People of Color Beauty founded by Jacqueline Carrington

Pholk Beauty founded by Niambi Cacchioli

Beloved Box founded by Danie Spikes

Organic Bath founded by Gianne Doherty 

Black Girl Sunscreen founded by Shontay Lundy

Plant Apothecary founded by Holly McWhorter 

Jade and Fox founded by Ashley Johnson 

Bekura beauty founded by Rashida Jefferson

SDot Beauty founded by Stephanie Coker 

The Afro Hair & Skin Co founded by Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka

LIHA Beauty founded by Liha Okunniwa & Abi Oyepitan

Josephine Cosmetics founded by Sholayide Otugalu

MakeUp By Sparkle founded by Sparkle Chanel

Mischo Beauty founded by Kitiya Mischo King

Brown Girl Jane founded by Malaika Jones Kebede

Jones and Rose founded by Christie Jones Bird

Kreyol Essence founded by Yve-Car Momperouse

Hair

BrioGeo founded by Nancy Twine

Sienna Naturals founded by Hannah Diop

Curls founded by Mahisha Dellinger

The Mane Choice founded by Courtney Adeleye

Camille Rose Naturals founded by Janell Stephens

Mielle Organics founded by Monique Rodriguez

GIRL + HAIR founded by Camille Verovic

Brush With The Best founded by Felicia Leatherwood

The Wrap Life founded by Nnenna Stella 

Grace Eleyae founded by Grace Eleyae

Feminine Care

The Honey Pot Company founded by Beatrice Dixon

Kushae founded by Barbara McLaren

Urban Serenite founded by Catrina Mosby

FemMagic founded by Maat Petrova

Home & Gifts

Unwrp founded by Ashley Fouyolle

Clare Paint founded by Nicole Gibbons

Love Notes LLC founded by Nya Kam

Satya + Sage founded by Sonja Haile

Rayo & Honey founded by Roachele Negron

Effie’s Paper founded by Kalyn Johnson Chandler 

LIT Brooklyn founded by Denequa Williams

The Coy Collection founded by Sequoyah Johnson  

Denniston House founded by Joilyn Jackson

Bookstores

Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery founded by Danielle Mullen

MahoganyBooks co-founded by Ramunda Young

Harriets Bookshop founded by Jeannine A. Cook

The Lit. Bar founded by Noelle Santos

Amalgam Comics & Coffee founded by Ariell Johnson

Sankofa Videos & Books Café co-founded by Shirikiana Gerima

Loyalty Bookstores founded by Hannah Oliver Depp 

Medu Bookstore founded by Nia Damali

Source Booksellers founded by Janet Webster Jones

Café con Libros founded by Kalima Desuze

Sisters Uptown Bookstore founded by Janifer P. Wilson

Pan African Connection founded by Akwete Tyehimba

Pyramid Art Books & Custom Framing founded by Garbo Watson Hearne

Eye See Me Bookstore co-founded by Pamela Blair

Brain Lair Books founded by Kathy Burnette

Food

The Salty Heifer founded by Iesha Williams

Partake Foods founded by Denise Woodard

Beverages 

McBride Sisters founded by Robin and Andréa McBride

Adjourn Tea House founded by LaTonia Cokely

Marketplace

BLK + GRN founded by Kristian Henderson

Her Market founded by Jazlin Pitts and Kia Perry 

Pretty Well Beauty founded by Jazmin Alvarez

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