The killing of George Floyd, and the protests that arose in response, have reminded us this week that the social justice issues the Twin Cities has so far failed to address are, for many in our community, a matter of life and death.
As a result, though, local nonprofits that work to address those issues had a deserved moment in the spotlight. The Minnesota Freedom Fund has received so much national attention they’ve begun asking would-be donors to instead support groups with a more “urgent need for supplies and support out in the field,” singling out the Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and North Star Health Collective.
Also in need of support is the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, organized by his brother Philonise, “to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George.” You can contribute here.
There are too many food drives and other requests for donations to list here, and their needs and schedules are constantly changing. But this invaluable interactive map of aid distribution sites, which is updated regularly, will tell you all you need to know about making donations.
And while a loss of property is never as horrifying as the loss of life, this week has seen catastrophic material damage too. As anger and frustration boiled over on Lake Street and beyond this week, it wasn’t just highly insured corporations like Target and U.S. Bank that suffered. Community organizations and small businesses, including many restaurants already reeling from Covid-19-related financial setbacks, literally went up in flames.
We’ve gathered some links to fundraising pages for both general funds and individual businesses and organizations, with brief descriptions of who they are and what happened. Please mention other fundraisers in the comments and we’ll try to keep this page updated as thoroughly as possible. And stay safe out there.
General business funds
Neighbors United Funding Collaborative
"Helping the Midway [and] Union Park small business and nonprofit community rebuild their storefronts." Donate here.
Northside Funders Group
Though the destruction on Lake Street has received most of the attention, businesses in north Minneapolis have been seriously affected by arson and vandalism in recent days. To support those businesses, donate here.
Somali business fund
The owner of the Jigjiga Business Center on East Lake Street has a fund for Somali-run businesses affected by the riots here.
We Love Lake Street
The Lake Street Council has set up a fund directed “toward helping the Lake Street small business and nonprofit community rebuild their storefronts and providing for our neighborhoods” that you can support here.
West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
In partnership with the Northside Funders Group (see above), the WBC is directing all donations toward "northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising." Donate here.
Individual groups and businesses
A Auto Mall
Thirteen cars were stolen from an immigrant-owned used car dealer and the business’s building was destroyed. Donate here.
E&L Supermarket and Deli
North Minneapolis market suffered vandalism and robbery. Donate here.
A North Minneapolis barbershop that was burned down this weekend. Donate here.
The Hook & Ladder Theatre and Lounge
Though located inopportunely near the Third Precinct, this great non-profit music space remains standing, despite being broken into and suffering water damage, the Star Tribune reports. Donate here.