How To Help Fund Protestors During The 2020 March On Washington For Civil Rights

Shannon Barbour
·5 mins read

From Women's Health

On the 57th anniversary of the first March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Reverend Al Sharpton will host the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March on Washington.

"The Commitment March," as it is also known, follows the murders of countless Black people, including Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and George Floyd at the hands of police. Sharpton and his civil rights organization, National Action Network, along with Martin Luther King III have coordinated a massive effort to "demonstrate our advocacy for comprehensive police accountability reform, the Census, and mobilizing voters for the November elections."

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to come from across the country to the National Mall and satellite rallies throughout Washington D.C and in various cities on Friday. While many are making the trip on their own accord, there are groups and fundraising efforts working to safely get more people to the march.

Here's how you can help others attend the march and show up for the Black community even if you can't be there in person:

Give to NAN

Sharpton's organization continuously promotes civil rights for all people and will bus individuals to the march. (As an added precaution, NAN won't bus in marchers from hotspot states with increased COVID-19 risks.) The organization also partnered with Uber to provide free rides to the Lincoln Memorial. To help with these efforts, donate to NAN to ensure they can successfully carry out this march and continue operating in the future.

Support Rally

Donating to Rally, a bus rideshare company that previously bussed thousands to the Women's March on Washington, ensures that marchers from New York City can get to D.C. on August 28 via a NAN bus. If you're interested in organizing a bus to D.C., contact NAN for more information.

Fund Fuel the People

Fuel the People is a D.C. and NYC-based march partner that will provide protestors with meals from Black and POC chefs and restaurants. You can donate on their website or through their GoFundMe, which was created specifically to raise money for the march.

Donate to GoFundMes

Donating to GoFundMes is basically like sponsoring individuals or groups who are seeking additional financial assistance. This fundraiser is for Black moms traveling from NYC, this one is to offset the cost of food, transportation, and PPE for a local civil rights non-profit in Pennsylvania, this one provides housing and medical kits for cyclists headed to D.C., and there are several more pages out there.

If you choose to donate through a platform like GoFundMe, do your due diligence to make sure your money is going where you intend it to go.


Become a March Sponsor

If you're a boss businessperson and can donate a sizable amount (or can convince someone who can), consider becoming a corporate sponsor of the march. It's not too late and these donations go toward ensuring the march is a success.

If you don't have the means to sponsor the event itself, which is totally understandable, you can always sponsor someone who may need some additional help getting to the march. Black Girls Ride is assembling a group of motorcycle riders who will travel all the way from California to DC. Become an "angel rider" by donating to the organization and contributing funds that could help someone else get to the event. Since registration for the ride is closed, you should contact the organization for more info before you donate.

Think Longterm

This march boasts partners like the NAACP, the ACLU, March For Our Lives, and Rock the Vote. If you're interested in donating to an organization now or in the future, NAN's partners page is a great starting point for finding entities which support causes that are important to you. Donations help them continue to do great work.

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