How to support Arizona's Black community
Our nation’s long history of systemic racism and oppression was made apparent yet again with the recent tragedies of police brutality, including the murder of George Floyd. The Arizona Community Foundation has made an initial grant of $25,000 to the Black Philanthropy Initiative's Social Justice Fund, which addresses the racial inequalities facing Arizona residents.
We have developed this list of resources to support the Black community.
Funds providing direct support and services
- Arizona Coalition for Change – Empowers everyday people to transform their community through building civic power, just and equitable schools, and safer neighborhoods. They are committed to advocating for lasting progressive public policies that change the dynamics of our communities.
- Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix – Focuses on policy change, health, and education. BLM and other grassroots organizations established the Black People’s Justice Fund which pays bail for people in need.
- Phoenix Local Organizing Committee – Brings the African American community together as a collective with a focus on impacting justice, health, food security, arts and culture.
- Mass Liberation Project-Arizona – Launched in 2019 to bolster the growing movement to end mass incarceration and abolish the criminal legal system as we know it.
- Black Phoenix Organizing Collective (BPOC) and the Drinking Gourd Farms – BPOC builds Black political power in Phoenix, AZ by organizing young, radical, queer, poor, families, formerly incarcerated, and non-binary Black folks, directly impacted by unjust systems. BPOC’s program Drinking Gourd Farms builds a network of Black gardeners and Farmers focuses on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Black people.
- Black Mothers Forum – Group of dedicated mothers of Black children coming together to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and stop the bloodshed in the Black community
- The Women’s Economic Institute – Working to advance income security, opportunity, and economic sustainability for women and girls. Provides policy, technical assistance and workforce readiness/training to close the pay and wealth equity gap for communities of color. Convener of the Phoenix Black Women's Equal Pay Forum. Launched the Black COVID Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community-based initiative ensures Black Arizonans have the most accurate readily available information.
Direct services and historic black organizations
- Arizona Center for African American Resources – AZCAAR was founded in 2007 on the premise to improve the life challenges facing African Americans in Arizona, to act as a resource for those serving the African American community built on the focus areas of: Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Health and Well-being, Leadership, Political Engagement, and Racial Equity.
- Black Family and Child Services – Community-based social service agency.
- Father Matters – A community development organization, committed to building stronger, healthier communities by supporting, encouraging, and enlightening fathers and families.
- Arizona Opportunities and Industrial Center – Network of comprehensive employment training programs across the nation. The first OIC was founded in Philadelphia in 1964. From its beginnings in an abandoned jailhouse, OIC has grown into an organization which serves disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans of all races.
- The Arizona Center for Disability Law – A nonprofit law firm that assists those with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality. ACDL is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.
- Arizona Black Bar Association – A statewide membership of attorneys representing the private and public sector, including municipal, state and federal judges.
Nonprofits supporting black small businesses and nonprofit startups
- Hustle PHX – Assisting entrepreneurs with the key resources needed to sustain their own businesses.
- UPI Loan Fund – Provides personal loans helping individuals and families take advantage of opportunities and serves as a financial buffer during times of need.