Nine Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color Led Organizations to Support This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and solidarity through resource sharing. On this day, people around the world donate to, volunteer with, and partner with nonprofits they believe in. At Justice Outside, we want to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our Liberated Paths grantee partners around the country who are working for racial equity and justice in the outdoors and environmental sectors. Please join us in uplifting and supporting their valuable work. 

In addition to the incredible organizations listed below, please take the time to meet all our grantee partners for Liberated Paths regional grants and Liberated Paths: Youth Access to Nature Fund. Thank you. 

Eight members of the CESOSS stand on a parking lot with large black trans bags that are filled. Many are wearing gloves. Three are wearing hats. They are all smiling at the camera.

The Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)

Working in Albuquerque, New Mexico, CESOSS is focused on local advocacy and capacity building at the intersections of land, water, and tradition. They fight for water rights, provide educational opportunities for young people, work for the recovery of traditional land and water practices, and advocate for equity through restorative justice practices in New Mexico.  

Click here to learn more about and support CESOSS. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Five members of Hunters of Color standing outside and smiling at the camera. They are wearing camouflage outfits and three members are wearing bright orange hats.

Hunters of Color 

A racial equity nonprofit, Hunters of Color works to increase Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color’s connection to nature through mentorship, education, and conservation. They connect mentees with mentors trained in antiracism who help them hone their self-sustenance skills, from archery hunting to foraging. 

Click here to learn more about and support Hunters of Color. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

A group of people stand outside in the woods. Some are pointing in different directions. At the forefront a femme-presenting Black woman is sitting down and looking through binoculars. They are wearing all black.

In Color Birding Club 

One of our newest grantee partners, the In Color Birding Club works to make the birding experience a positive one for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and our allies. They organize inclusive birding events, give back to our communities through service, and partner with community leaders, local environmentalists, Master Naturalists, and local policy makers to improve the plight of birds in Philadelphia. 

Click here to learn more about and support the In Color Birding Club. Click here to follow them on Instagram.

A large group of people of different ages are posing near the beach. They have with them four boats made of plant material. They are smiling at the camera.

Native Like Water 

Founded in 2000, Native Like Water (NLW) works to improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of Indigenous youth through the implementation of water recreation, marine science education, and habitat restoration activity. By re-engaging Indigenous youth in coastal re-creation, literal creation, and reimagining of modern Indigenous practices, Native Like Water is implementing revolutionary tactics in counteracting the effects of climate change and to foster health promoting behaviors which will continue for generations to come. Education in current and traditional scientific knowledge, ocean skills,  and habitat restoration efforts are at the backbone of Native Like Water’s programs.

Click here to learn more about and support Native Like Water. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

A mother and daughter are smiling in a swimming pool. The daughter is wearing goggles and they are both wearing hair caps. They have a blue pool noodle.

Oshun Swim School 

Through Afro-Indigenous centered swim and water based workshops, the Oshun Swim School offers Black, Indigenous, and Womxn of Color and non-binary people a safer space to explore our relationship with water and grow into embodied, joyful swimmers. They support students to gain swimming skills, and also to heal personal and generational water trauma, build community, and practice embodied mindfulness.

Click here to learn more about and support the Oshun Swim School. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

A large group of people of different ages pose in front of a building an a sign that reads "Sayanwan, Sama Sama Cooperative, Tubig Paglal akb..."

Sama Sama Cooperative 

Sama Sama Summer Camp is an outdoor day camp for children ages 5-14 years-old and a space for intergenerational learning and teaching. Located in the East Bay, the camp is designed to provide children a fun, engaging, and critical way of exploring the intersections of culture, arts, and ecology. The camp includes Filipino language immersion, Indigenous music, dance, and exploration of ecological heritage. As a cooperative-run camp, families contribute their time, resources, and talent to create an enriching experience. 

Click here to learn more about and support the Sama Sama Cooperative. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

A group of five people are sitting on pavement with a sign next to them that reads "No Hay Orgullo En Detencion #EndTransDetention." The sign is made of the trans flag colors of white, pink, and blue.

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance 

Focused on their mission to support, advocate, and promote justice for Southern Arizona’s transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people, the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) is the foremost resource to learn more and engage with trans rights issues in the Southwest. In addition to community engagement and education and advocacy at the state and national level, SAGA does important work to build community for trans and nonbinary folks. They also have a Trans Heroes Coloring Books that you can download from their website for free, a great winter self-care idea.  

Click here to learn more about and support the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

A group of 11 femme-presenting people pose in front of a snowy mountainous range. Five of them are standing in the back and six are kneeling in front of them. Some have hiking gear. They are all wearing helmets and jackets.

Trail Mixed Collective 

Working to uplift Women of Color in the outdoors, the Trail Mixed Collective works to increase access to learning opportunities and scholarships, organizes community events, facilitates storytelling, and creates opportunities for informal mentorship from fellow Women of Color. They recognize that the outdoors can be an intimidating space to enter as a Woman of Color which is why they are committed to increasing safe learning environments as a means to increase overall representation. Trail Mixed welcomes all cis women, trans women, and non-binary People of Color interested in entering or advancing in outdoor pursuits.

Click here to learn more about and support the Trail Mixed Collective. You can also follow them on Instagram.

About two dozen people pose for a picture near orange hills. They hold a sign that reads "Uplift Climate."

Uplift Climate 

Dedicated to grassroots organizing and deep relationship building, Uplift Climate is a small grassroots collective of Indigenous, Immigrant, and Immigrant-descended peoples. They work to foster a livable future with clean air, clean water, renewable energy, regenerative food systems, and liberated peoples. In addition to sustained community engagement work, Uplift Climate hosts an annual climate justice convening of community organizers to exchange knowledge, stories, and strategies.

Click here to learn more about and support Uplift Climate. You can also follow them on Facebook, and Instagram.