Giving Options in Response to Ferguson
August 15th, 2014 by Jason Franklin PhD
I’ve been getting many questions about how people can help, and especially donate, in support of the organizing being done in response to Ferguson and to support the Brown family and Ferguson residents. Responding to these donor questions, we've pulled together some resources to help you take action. Our support from around the country is still needed!
It’s a changing landscape but here’s what I’ve gathered so far:
- Supporting the Brown Family - Sadly scam solicitations are popping up. We've been able to confirm with the family's representatives that there are two confirmed ways to support Michael Brown’s family after the loss of their son. You can give online or donations can be made payable to the “Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund” and mailed to Fifth Third Bank (all other online campaigns are unauthorized or scams).
- Community Needs - There is also a campaign to raise money for the Ferguson food bank to help kids who may not get fed because they’re out of school and missing the school breakfast/lunch programs. We'll be adding other community need fundraisers as we learn about them.
- Local Organizing Efforts - There is a lot of organizing being done in Ferguson and nationally around the issues raised by Michael Brown's death. We've asked around to find out who is working locally in Ferguson/St. Louis and have assembled a list of resources of efforts we've been able to confirm. In addition, many national groups are mobilizing but we haven't catalogued them all as they're easier to find online.
You can check out all the resources we've collected (and will continue to update as we learn more) at bit.ly/FergusonGivingOptions. If you know of other resources we should add, please let us know!