If there’s one thing that we take seriously, it’s when any group of people have been rejected opportunities over generations, only to be further punished for it. We’ve been listening to people’s pain throughout the past few weeks especially closely, and the hardship that the black community is facing right now are very clear to us.
Roast Me is not some fortune 500 company. We’re entirely bootstrapped, meaning that Ben, Ato and I have funded this whole experiment of a comedy brand and company that we’re working around the clock to build completely out of pocket.
With that being said, we’ve donated $800 across the following four organizations because we’ve researched them closely, and understand them to support the black community in a powerful way. Although we would much rather just donate in private, we want to challenge anyone that has the ability to donate to do so, and lead by example. Whether it be time, money, or any other form of support, your actions matter.
Check out each of the causes down below and click the links to each to find out how you can donate and support.
"The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice."
Our Takeaway: We quickly realized in our research that misinformation is one of the biggest roadblocks that we face in understanding and fixing the criminal justice system, which disproportionately impacts the black community. The Marshall Project is an award-winning platform that has a track record of prioritizing accuracy over partisanship.
"The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons."
Our Takeaway: The longest standing organization supporting equality for the black community on this list, we view the NAACP as an organization that has long advocated for reform and equal treatment, and a more-than-worthy cause.
"Our mission is to provide Black/Brown woman-identifying founders with access to community, education, and leadership development in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship.
We fund and scale tech-enabled, revenue-generating businesses (under $1M) founded by people who identify as Black/Brown and woman. Our signature pitch program provides coaching, crowdfunding, and community for our founders. Black Girl Ventures believes in a world where all ideas have a chance to succeed."
Our Takeaway: We're a group of entrepreneurs, and we understand the transformative power of ownership. We also know that female entrepreneurs are massively underrepresented in accelerator programs and industry in general. Black Girl Ventures does a fantastic job of growing opportunity and driving change in an often overlooked area.
"Black & Brown Founders gives entrepreneurs knowledge, tools and cutting-edge tactics to launch startups without relying on venture capital."
Our Takeaway: Black & Brown Founders echoes a similar mission to Black Girl Ventures in a more generalized way. This org is another really great way to support entrepreneurs who traditionally have less access to resources and guidance.
These are only a handful of the ways that you can support the cause. The landscape of great non-profit (or for-profit businesses) that support black lives is great, and if you don't resonate with these organizations, a quick Google search will get you on the right path towards one that does.
Keep the pressure on, and find ways that you can support change however you're able to!