16 Organizations That Support Black Moms and Families

You’re not alone if you’re wondering how to support social justice for the Black community. As social distancing continues, there may be limited in-person opportunities to give of your time, but one surefire way to help is research organizations and nonprofits and find a way you could contribute financially.

For instance, Black women experience major disparities in health and healthcare, education, and single parenthood, compared to white women. Black women are more likely to experience cardiovascular disease and cancer and are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.

There's a call to action in our country to do better in supporting our Black mothers and families. Consider donating to or getting involved with these 16 organizations working to close the gap of racial disparities. 

Black Women’s Health Imperative

The mission statement of the Black Women's Health Imperative is that “all Black women and girls should enjoy optimal health and well-being in a socially just society.” Since 1983, this organization has offered numerous health and wellness programs, such as diabetes education, leadership training, and HIV prevention for Black women and girls.

Girl Trek 

GirlTrek exists to mobilize Black women and girls toward better health through walking, especially in organized teams. Its members lobby for improved access to safe walking spaces for women of color, as well as the protection of public green spaces.

Fun fact: GirlTrek is the largest public health nonprofit for African American women and girls in the United States, shooting for a goal of 1 million participants by the end of 2020.

Community Voices Heard

There are large racial discrepancies in the criminal justice system. For instance, one NAACP stats sheet  states: "If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%." People of color are incarcerated at far higher rates than white people.

In addition, according to the ACLU, Black people "were 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites in 2010, even though their rate of marijuana usage was comparable."

This grassroots organization advocates for low-income families and individuals of color in New York state. Special projects of Community Voices Heard include lobbying to protect SNAP benefits, decriminalizing marijuana, and providing free legal counsel to those who can’t afford representation.

Black Career Women’s Network

The Black Women’s Career Network provides much-needed career support to Black women, offering connection to mentors, hosting networking events, and providing professional coaching.

Since Black working mothers have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis, now is a great time to support an organization that lifts them up.

National Black Child Development Institute

Make a difference in a Black child's life from the ground up by getting involved with the National Black Child Development Institute. This organization works with children from birth through age eight (and their families) to pave the way for a brighter future. Health and wellness education, literacy programs, and college readiness are among their long list of services.

Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association

Due to a variety of factors, Black mothers are less likely to initiate and succeed with breastfeeding. The Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association aims to rectify this public health disparity through support networks for Black breastfeeding moms. The BMBA provides local breastfeeding groups, a breastfeeding helpline, and even doula training.

Black Girls Code

There’s no shortage of lucrative job opportunities in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Want to empower a young woman of color toward a career in these areas? Check out Black Girls Code, a nonprofit devoted to helping Black girls age seven to 17 become innovators in STEM.

The Loveland Foundation

Therapy has proven benefits for mental health, but there are racial disparities in mental healthcare, too. According to one recent study, "disparities can be rooted in inequalities in access to good providers, differences in insurance coverage, as well as stemming from discrimination by professionals in the clinical encounter."

The Loveland Foundation provides access to therapy and other mental health resources for Black women and Black girls. This organization, born out of founder Rachel Cargle’s vision for emotional healing for women of color, makes counseling sessions affordable for those in need.

Black Girls Smile

Black Girls Smile is another nonprofit devoted to mental health for Black girls. Their representatives bring workshops and classes to schools and other groups on healthy relationships, the interplay between physical and mental wellness, self-care, and stress management. 

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

There’s much work to be done to create equality for Black women during pregnancy. Be a part of the solution by joining forces with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The BMMA focuses on improving maternal care through increasing visibility of Black women leaders in healthcare, providing pregnancy care services, trainings, and more.

National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs

Clubs have a unique way of creating social bonds and deepening community investment. The NACWC is dedicated to “uplifting women, children, families, the home, and the community” through clubs that focus on community service, education, and scholarship assistance. Youth, young adult, and adult chapters exist for various regions and states throughout the United States.

Black Women for Wellness

“Wellness” is a broad term, to say the least—but Black Women for Wellness covers a serious gamut of health services. From nutrition education to breast cancer support to chronic disease prevention, this organization has services for numerous aspects of wellness for Black women.

Sista Midwife

Research shows that women in midwifery care are less likely to be Black—but those who use a midwife have lower risks of C-section and preterm birth. Sista Midwife elevates Black “womb wellness” practitioners with a directory of Black midwives and doulas. 

National Birth Equity Collaborative

With the alarming disparity in Black and white infant mortality rates, the National Birth Equity Collaborative works toward helping every Black child reach their first birthday. They achieve this aim through research, training, advocacy, and collaboration with community health providers.

National Black Women’s Justice Institute

The mission of the National Black Women’s Justice Initiative is to reduce injustices affecting Black women, girls, and families. Working with universities and other public institutions, the NBWJI conducts research, provides technical assistance, and advocates for equitable policies for Black women.

Black Youth Project 

Since 2013, Black Youth Project has been working for the advancement of Black high school and college students in the Chicago area. Their extra-curricular programs encourage student activism, self-sufficiency, and problem-solving for youth.

A Word From Verywell

If you’re looking to uplift the Black community, there’s no time like the present to make real-world impact through a charitable donation. Need more info on an individual organization? Check out Charity Navigator for an in-depth look at any number of nonprofits that support Black moms and families.

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  2. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0905-racial-ethnic-disparities-pregnancy-deaths.html

  3. https://www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet/

  4. https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/un-report-on-racial-disparities/