Dr. Christina Greer (115266)
Dr. Christina Greer

As we start to wind down 2019 and reflect on the past year and the past decade, hopefully we will be able to recount all of the highs and lows we have experienced. As always, I like to think of all of the various ways I am fortunate in my life––family, friends, employment, shelter, mobility, ability to travel, and so much more. There are so many people who continue to struggle in this country of abundance, that I hope no matter your circumstance, you will consider making an end of year donation to a group or organization that is working hard to make the lives of others much better.

Some of the organizations I support range from the hyper local to the national. If you are looking to give a few dollars or make a large investment in folks who are doing amazing work, I suggest the following.

The Black Teacher Project (www.blackteacherproject.org): Their mission is to sustain, develop, and recruit Black teachers. Their vision is that all children have access to a well-prepared, well-supported Black teaching force that reflects the diversity and excellence of Black people in the United States.

Project South (www.projectsouth.org): They are a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building. They have been working with communities pushed forward by the struggle for over 30 years––to strengthen leadership and to provide popular political and economic education for personal and social transformation.

Donors Choose (www.donorschoose.org): Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, Donors Choose empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. Right now there are thousands of classroom requests that you can help bring to life with a gift of any amount.

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (www.brooklynbailfund.org): Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system and immigration and deportation regime that disproportionately targets and harms low-income communities of color. They are also committed to challenging wealth-based detention in all forms and serve as an incubator of high impact initiatives, often in partnership with other community-based organizations, that target legislative policy reform and systems change.

The Doe Fund (www.doe.org): Their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing holistic services, housing, and work opportunities.

These are just a few suggestions, but hopefully you will speak to neighbors and friends and support organizations that are helping the communities you care about. I am not a millionaire, but I do think of myself as a philanthropist. Just a few dollars each month can help small nonprofits do great work for the communities they serve. So, as the year comes to a close, hopefully you will consider making donations to a group doing the work.

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC.