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8 Non-profits To Support This Holiday Season

With the holiday season drawing near, it's time to ramp up the contribution to our community. Many non-profit organizations are dedicated to fostering the progress of Black men, aiding in the cultivation of Quintessential Gentlemen. Check out a few of them below.

Usher has had many looks throughout his thirty-year career. But Usher has created a new look that isn’t about style. The multi-faceted performer and actor created Usher’s New Look, a 501(c3) non-profit organization that serves to transform the lives of under-resourced youth through comprehensive programming that helps develop passion-driven, global leaders from middle school through college. Looking at the statistics 1.3 million students drop out of high school every year or 1 child every 26 seconds. Even one is too many, and with the resources provided by Usher’s New Look the risk of dropouts is decreased and the possibility for the next generation of leaders is increased.

While Usher’s New Look serves to push students to make it to college, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund strives to provide funds for students to receive college education at HBCUs and PBIs. In fact, since 1987, the TMCF has provided $300 million to students and member schools. The fund's strategic pillars include scholarships, programs, and policy & and advocacy, where the fund goes to Capitol Hill in a non-partisan manner to build connections with members of Congress to deal with issues concerning higher education at HBCUs and PBIs.

Black men deal with a lot ranging from professional setbacks, and intergenerational trauma to personal issues, and need spaces where they can experience clarity and healing. Often times Black men don’t have the spaces or resources to obtain the proper mental health care. Black Men Heal provides free mental health treatment to men of color while pairing individuals with therapists who are people of color. The goal is to help men of color overcome systemic racism, intergenerational trauma, and stigma to gain mental health treatment and encourage the idea amongst Black men that seeking therapy is okay.

Despite laws abolishing unfair restrictions when it comes to voting, there is still a disparity in terms of Black male voters compared to voters of other ethnicities and racial backgrounds. Started by W. Mondale Robinson, the Black Male Voter Project aims to create strategies to reach Black men who are not super voters. Robinson has worked on more than 160 campaigns (local, statewide, federal, and international), and has also led #ALLACTION, an online organizing group that specializes in tech-community organizing, training for successful civil disobedience actions, and strategic advocacy planning. The project examined that traditional voter outreach techniques aren’t working to get Black men to vote. The funds received from donations go to implementing new strategies to turn Black men into super voters.

Black Male educators are necessary and needed. Many schools in communities of color lack Black male teachers and Black Men Teach has a mission to recruit, prepare, place, and retain Black male teachers in elementary schools.

Black Men United is a community restoration organization that serves to help rebuild the Black community through Black male leadership. The organization’s partners include Amazon, the Chicago Police Department, Just Film It and United Trust Bank. Through the organization’s efforts, the Black community becomes empowered through thriving in economics, safety, and spirituality.

100 Black Men of America strategize outreach in the Black community to reach Black men through local chapters. The organization creates mentors to Black youth through special training programs.

Black press is crucial to sharing the narratives that affect Black communities and shape Black culture. In current times many media organizations are facing budget cuts which oftentimes affect job opportunities for Black journalists. The Fund for Black Journalism uses funds from donations to support the hiring of Black investigative journalists, data journalists, video producers, and more. The fund also created Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 leading Black publishers who have teamed up to focus on both high-impact journalism projects and creating sustainable media entities.

1 Comment

Elisa Zalinka
Elisa Zalinka
Dec 01, 2023

These days, financial cuts are plaguing a lot of media institutions, which frequently impacts Black journalists' employment prospects.

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