Recent fatal shootings of Philando Castile in Falcon Ridge, Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are bringing disparities in racial justice to the forefront.  It’s easy to feel helpless in times like these. But as people who work in the nonprofit sector, we’re perfectly positioned to help. What do you do when your righteous anger just makes you feel helpless?

Don’t give up. Hope still exists. There are still many organizations that are out there fighting to make the world a better place. Here are a few ways to help make the world a better place and make a difference:

1) Mic.com has 15 recommendations, culled from a report from the Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link, on what your city can do now to promote justice and fairness in law enforcement. Reach out to your city or town councilor and your state representative; ask if they’ve read the report and encourage them to implement the changes suggested in it:
https://mic.com/articles/121572/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-to-end-police-brutality

The full report can be found here: http://www.justiceinpolicing.com/

2) One step on the road to making the world a better place is simply to see things from someone else’s perspective. Ta-Nehisi Coates is one our best cultural and societal critics, and his National-Book-Award-winning Between the World and Me, in which he wrestles with racism while writing a letter to his young son, started as an Atlantic article. You can read the original article in full here:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/tanehisi-coates-between-the-world-and-me/397619/

3) If you’re a writer or artist wondering how you can engage with these issues, Sojourners magazine has some great inspiration with these mini-profiles of ten artists and musicians making timely and relevant art. Even a few pop stars made it in; John Legend and Common’s song from the movie Selma is featured:
https://sojo.net/magazine/april-2015/10-artists-black-lives-matter-movement

4) More and more, nonprofits are using crowdfunding after a tragedy to try to do something good. But laws vary dramatically from state to state, and there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Nonprofit Quartery has essential information for nonprofits that are thinking of using crowdfunding as a source of revenue. Make sure you’re fully informed on the issues so you can help your nonprofit:
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2016/06/28/understanding-crowdfunding-tragedy/

5) Finally, because we’d love to end things on a lighter note, Buzzfeed has this oldie but goodie. We’d like to dedicate this one to all our readers who work in the nonprofit sector:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/leahneaderthal/25-situations-only-nonprofit-people-can-understand-dfyq?utm_term=.rfEJRAGRr#.st8axKYxq

This has been your Friday Five. News has been grim of late, but we’ll continue to bring you the highlights and bright spots of the nonprofit sector. Got a question about your own nonprofit? Inspired to start one? Feel free to reach out to us at info@b-alaw.com, and see you next week.

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