Listen, Amplify, and Donate to Organizations Advancing Racial Equality

By Salesforce.org | June 10, 2020 | Nonprofit

As a company, we are led by our core value of equality and we stand as allies to the Black community against racism, violence, and hate. Systemic racism and violence have affected the Black community for far too long.

We all have an urgent responsibility to act.

Today and every day, we’re committed to supporting and advocating for our nonprofit, education, and community partners who are either part of the Black community or are working alongside the Black community to address systemic racism and long-standing inequalities.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Big Brother Big Sisters of America, Year Up, ACLU, and Center for Policing Equity are five of the many Salesforce.org customers and partners who are doing important work to build a more equitable society.

If you’re able, please consider donating to these organizations or supporting other local nonprofits working towards justice and equality.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)

“While we are living in a moment unlike any we have seen before, LDF will continue to work to protect the most vulnerable in our society. During this time, the fight to defend our civil and human rights has never been more critical. Donate today to help us win landmark legal battles, protect voters across the nation, and advance the cause of racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.”
– The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the nation's premier civil rights law organization.
Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the nation’s premier civil rights law organization.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

“When your mission is to ignite the power and promise of all youth, it is impossible to stand by when appalling acts threaten that promise.

We live in a country torn by our differences. Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to bring people together, to value each person and see differences as strengths that make each of us unique.

We live in a country where race and ethnicity have created systemic obstacles for people of color. Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to remove obstacles for all young people by connecting them with a mentor, a caring adult who can be in their corner.

We live in a country where intolerable acts by people in authority undermine our fragile social fabric. Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to build bridges of understanding. Our Bigs in Blue program seeks to create meaningful relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Where we see wrong, we must call it out. Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to promote love and the value and dignity of every single person. It is the only way to bring about peaceful, systemic change.”
– Pam Iorio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO

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Year Up

“Talent in America is spread evenly, but opportunity is not. Today, over 5 million young adults are cut off from any real path to a stable career, despite having the talent and drive to achieve more. At the same time, American businesses face a crippling skills gap of 12 million jobs through 2025 and desperately need more skilled workers. The good news is there is a proven solution.

By providing young adults with the professional and technical skills hiring companies need, we ensure they can launch successful professional careers, while providing American businesses an untapped source for bright, motivated young talent.

Every $1 invested in Year Up, generates an estimated $35 for the young people in our program — launching careers, supporting families, and strengthening communities.”
– Year Up

Elena Braxton Taylor, a YearUp intern at Salesforce.org, shares Black Lives Matter Resources.

Twitter post from Year Up, an organization committed to changing this status quo and working alongside communities of color towards real justice and equality.

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ACLU

“From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs, to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty, to the starkly segregated world of housing, the dream of equal justice remains an elusive one.

In pursuit of a world free of discrimination, the Racial Justice Program brings impact lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country, taking on cases designed to have a significant and wide-reaching effect on communities of color. In coalition with ACLU affiliates in each state, other civil rights groups, and local advocates, we lobby in local and state legislatures and support grassroots movements. Through these efforts, we strive to educate and empower the public on a variety of issues, including race as it relates to criminal justice, economic justice, and inequality in education; affirmative action; and American Indian rights.”
– ACLU

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Center for Policing Equity

“Center for Policing Equity can measure bias in policing. That means we can stop it.

1 in 5 Americans interacts with law enforcement yearly. Of those encounters, 1 million result in use of force. And if you’re Black, you are 2-4 times more likely to have force used than if you are White.

Reform can work. Working directly with police to measure behaviors and revise policies results in fewer people killed, and fewer people in jail.”
– Center for Policing Equity


Quote: “For 250 years, the system has worked as intended and that should inspire reform.” - Dr. Phillip Atiba, Co-Founder and President of Center for Policing Equity

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Learn more about actions you can take to advance racial and social justice in this crowd-sourced call-to-action list by the Salesforce Nonprofit Community.

Read more about Salesforce’s commitment to Equality for all: https://www.salesforce.com/company/equality/