Investing in Black-Led Ministries
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
"As followers of Jesus, many of our hearts are being called to a new level of commitment in the fight against racial injustice. But as givers, it’s not always easy to know how to invest in the change we long to see.
To get a better perspective on what does work, I talked to an NCF giver (Erin O’Keefe, MIGMIR Fund) and a nonprofit leader (Franklin Ballenger, senior director of community engagement of One on One Chicago) who have formed a diverse partnership to invest in Black-led churches and charities serving Chicago’s South and West sides. Let’s take a look at their journey and the five principles that they recommend for effective giving across racial lines in a way that honors God and empowers people of color." (Discover the 5 principles from Erin and Franklin here)
Below, we’ve listed a few black-led charities that the MIGMIR Fund and other NCF Givers support. We see this as just the beginning. May we prayerfully consider our role in racial injustice and our responsibility to fight against it. Our goal is to provide a few resources for you as a starting point. If you have other charities, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know. We love to hear how God is using givers across the Chicagoland area to live out the biblical command in Micah 6:8 “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly”.
Local Giving Suggestions
- Circle Urban Ministries – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
A community development organization that hosts programs to address poverty, housing, hunger, education, drug/alcohol dependency, medical and legal issues.
- C24/7 – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
This ministry is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults in the North of Howard neighborhood by providing the necessary tools, security and environment for them to thrive economically, socially, and spiritually.
- Entrenuity – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
A ministry that prepares entrepreneurs for true success through experiential entrepreneurship and spiritual development training.
- Holy Family Ministries – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
This ministry provides opportunities for children and adults from Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods to excel academically, grow spiritually, expand life experiences and become effective leaders.
- Hope Excel – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
A private Christian school in Austin Chicago that currently accepts children 3 to 7 years of age.
- I AM ABLE – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
A faith-based trauma-informed care agency providing services from birth to end of life. They work in the North Lawndale Area.
- Lawndale Christian Development Corporation – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
This ministry brings holistic revitalization to the lives and environments of Lawndale residents through economic empowerment, housing improvements, educational enrichment and community advocacy.
- MAAFA – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
A ministry that works with at-risk emerging adult men from the area of West Garfield Park to invest in them with housing, employment, educational opportunities and evidence-based wrap around social services.
- Stone Community Development – Grant through MyGiving | Donate Now
A ministry committed to building and empowering our community by offering aid to those in need.
- St. Paul Community Development Ministries – Grant through MyGiving
This ministry prepares individuals from all walks of life to enter USDOL registered apprenticeship programs and other related industries.
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