In a recent statement, Communities In Schools National President and CEO, Rey Saldaña, shared how the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and resulting wave of protests across the country reminds us of a painful truth about our nation’s past and indeed the current times we live in.
At Communities In Schools® (CIS™), the majority of students we serve are children of color and children living in poverty. Our mission is to surround them with a community of support to empower them to succeed in school and in life, despite immediate and systemic barriers. There are several ways to support these youth and their futures, one of the key ways is to donate.
In his recent newsletter, New York Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof recommended Communities In Schools as an organization where readers can make a meaningful donation to support Black Lives Matter and racial equality. Read his full newsletter here and learn how you can get involved.
Black Lives Matter Donations
In my last newsletter, I noted that readers had contributed more than $5.8 million to my Covid-19 initiative — huge thanks! — and some readers then asked me for suggestions for groups to donate to support Black Lives Matter and racial equity. So here are four organizations that I admire for their work in this space:
TOPPS, in Pine Bluff, Ark., is run by an extraordinary African-American woman named Annette Dove to help at-risk teenage kids and get them to college.
Communities In Schools works with low-income K-12 students, disproportionately kids of color, to help them graduate and head for college
Educare provides first-rate early childhood education in low-income communities. A
New Way of Life Reentry Project is a remarkable program founded by an African-American woman, Susan Burton, who had spent years in prison, to help other women being released from prison adapt to life on the outside.