In honor of Juneteenth, we asked our employees, clients, partners, neighbors, friends and family members to help us give $300 donations to 10 Black organizations, with all of the above nominating worthy causes in our Facebook comments.
Now, our winners have been randomly selected and our donations have been made… and Brogan & Partners is proud to help give back to the Black community, as part of our passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives and our commitment to giving back a portion of our annual profits.
We donated a total of $3,000, divided equally amongst…
Explore the organizations that received a $300 donation (and consider showing your support, too!).
- Legal Defense Fund – The Legal Defense Fund is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice, and their mission is to achieve equality and an inclusive society (whether that means fighting assaults on voting rights, the renewed push to undermine equal access to quality education or police brutality). Plus, through its scholarship programs, the organization helps students attend and graduate from many of the nation’s best colleges, universities and law schools. Donate now.
- Loveland Foundation – With therapy sessions in the U.S. typically costing anywhere from $60 to $250 (even with insurance), the stigma surrounding mental health and the fact that most therapists in this country are white, it’s often difficult for Black women and girls to access the therapy they need, when they need it. Enter the Loveland Foundation. Through their “Loveland Therapy Fund,” Black women and girls seeking therapy receive financial assistance and the reassurance that they are seen and heard, and that someone is invested in their healing. Donate now.
- National Civil Rights Museum – Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum traces the civil rights movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present — offering visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change, while also honoring and preserving the legacy of Dr. King. Donate now.
- Black Girls Code – With the goal of training 1 million African American girls to lead, innovate and create, BGC is leading a global movement to help establish equal representation in the tech sector by showing the world that Black girls can code… and do so much more. Currently, the cause is fundraising for their Black Girls Code camp, which will give participants the opportunity to connect with their peers, learn new skills, build confidence, find a community of like-minded leaders and celebrate their joy. (At the time this post was published, they were just under $13,000 shy of their goal.) Donate now.
- The Conscious Kid – To help counter racism and racial bias, The Conscious Kid has a dedicated fund to help get their list of “40 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance” into classrooms across the country — all of which focus on empowering our youth to learn what racism looks like and how they can take action against it. Donate now.
- COTS – COTS, a Detroit organization, is an acronym for creating opportunities to succeed. Serving children and adults (and meals), COTS provides shelter, childcare and basic needs so families can work on their housing, economic, health, education and career goals, while also overcoming homelessness and breaking the cycle of poverty for the next generation and beyond. Donate now.
- Brown Girls Do Ballet – What started as a personal photography project to highlight girls of African, Asian, East Indian, Hispanic, and Native American ancestry in ballet led to a young mom discovering the lack of cultural diversity in her local programs. Like any parent, she grew concerned about how her daughter would feel in a class where no one resembled her… and with that, Brown Girls Do Ballet was born. To help increase participation of underrepresented populations, the organization now arranges ballet performances and photo exhibitions, and they provide resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their training. Donate now.
- Black and Brown Theatre – Founded in the summer of 2016 to address the inequity of casting in the professional Michigan theatre scene, the Black and Brown Theatre is creating more opportunities for artists of color… and they actually note that their goal is to fail. By that, they mean their hope is that in the next five to 10 years, other theatre companies will employ artists of color so often that their organization won’t be necessary. (Wow, right?) At this time, however, all donations go directly toward live performances, interactive workshops and engaging school visits. Donate now.
- Midnight Golf Program – Reneé Fluker, founder and president of the organization, says, “Playing golf at night is impossible unless someone shines a light.” And with that, the program uses the game of golf to give young people a brighter vision of their future. From its humble beginnings, with 17 students meeting at a small community center in Detroit, the program has expanded to a 30-week curriculum that has helped hundreds of the community’s at-risk high school students enter college and various professional careers. Today, twice a week, two groups of 125 students meet for life lessons, golf lessons and a sit-down dinner… and 100% of students who have completed the program have gone on to attend college. Donate now.
- Govans Presbyterian Church – Govans identifies as a theologically progressive community empowering people to make the world better. And one of their unique pillars is recognizing that God calls their members as individuals, and as a congregation, to pursue justice by dismantling racism and acting in solidarity with those who are oppressed. To generate this kind of action, the church utilizes book discussions, films, speakers, museum exhibits, prayer groups, partnerships with other organizations, and other modes yet to be determined. They also feed their community a free home cooked and nutritious meal every week. Donate now.
To learn more about how we’re helping our community, explore our last initiative: Broganites are giving back, with gift cards totaling $10,000.