Give to groups making a difference. 

By Nora Horvath
August 14, 2017
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On Friday night and Saturday morning, white supremacists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters in the city of Charlottesville, leaving three dead and dozens more injured.

Starting on Friday evening, hundreds of marchers gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a “Unite the Right” rally, which was planned to protest the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, a Confederate war icon. The marchers brandished torches and signs with racist phrases and Nazi slogans.

The following morning, counter-demonstrators gathered in the city and the two groups clashed in physical fights. Around 2 p.m., a speeding car crashed into a group of counter-demonstrators, injuring many and killing one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer. 

During such troubling times, it can feel impossible to make a difference as an individual, but there are many Charlottesville-based groups organizing against hate, racism, and violence that would likely welcome your support.

To get more information about an organization before you open your wallet, search Charity Navigator or Guidestar for information on how that nonprofit uses their funds. And always exercise caution when donating via social media to avoid online scams.

Here, seven organizations in the Charlottesville community to keep in mind. 

  1. NAACP Charlottesville: The NAACP's mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
  2. Black Student Alliance at UVA: Many of the counter protesters this weekend were University of Virginia students, including members of this group, which was founded in 1969 to fight injustice
  3. Charlottesville Pride: An LGBTQ organization that provides education, resources, and plans events for the Charlottesville LGBTQ community. 
  4. National Organization for Women, Charlottesville: A chapter of NOW, an organization which seeks to empower, improve, and protect women everywhere. 
  5. Brody Jewish Center of the University of Virginia: The Hillel chapter at UVA, which aims to empower the community of Jewish students on campus. 
  6. IMPACT Charlottesville: An interfaith organization that drives to create change in the Charlottesville community through unified action. 
  7. Legal Aid Justice Center: Their mission is to battle poverty and injustice by solving critical legal problems for both individuals and communities.