Community Bail Funds by State

As protests for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter spring up across the country, arrests do as well. If you are unable to show up but want to support protestors, covering their bail is an amazing way to do so. Bail funds recycle bail, so your donation can help multiple people. For more info as to the good community bail funds do, take some time to look at:

Why Support Bail Outs?

Unable to Post Bail? You Will Pay for That for Many Years

This list includes both actual nonprofits that have served areas where protests are taking place and GoFundMe/other fundraising pages created in recent days to support bail for protesters specifically. It does not include bail funds used to pay immigration bail, just pre-trial. As an FYI: most GoFundMe pages and the like have not stated what they will do with the money once bail has been paid (bail is recyclable). GoFundMe also has a 2.9% + $0.30 fee for all donations.

Many of the organizations have a large focus on bailing out inmates due to the pandemic or are specific to certain counties/jails, and it can’t be guaranteed that your funds will directly go to bailing out those arrested for protesting. Nonetheless, these are locally led and serve communities of color for the most part.

I compiled this list using resources like the National Bail Fund Network, The Bail Project, resources shared on Twitter, and my own searches. I only included what I could find on the internet, from organizations’ own websites/social media and other platforms that reference them, and have only made a few attempts to contact individual funds.

Due to time constraints, I was only able to vet each organization through a quick 5-10 minute read through of their websites or social media. I didn’t include funds whose only available online resource was a PayPal/Venmo/donation page, but did include recently created donation pages whose stated purpose was bailing out protesters specifically. Many PayPal pages reported on Twitter to be local BLM chapters/other bail funds are therefore not included, but I am currently trying to confirm that they are legitimate via email/DM. Some can be found here. As with all donating, I highly recommend quickly familiarizing yourself with your chosen organization to ensure that your dollar will have the impact you want.

If you know of any other bail funds that are focused on bailing out protestors, please DM me with a link. If there’s any reason as to why anyof these organizations should not be promoted or the information below is inaccurate, please also DM. You can find me on Twitter (@nyboasberg) and Instagram (@nola.jpeg).

For other good organizations, please look at this other list I’ve compiled, focusing mostly on Twin Cities and Denver. Please add any local, grassroots organizations in your area that are actively fighting for racial, social, and economic justice.

Other fantastic resources:

(currently looking for people who’ve compiled ways to help Black-owned businesses!! DM if you have them!!)

Ways to Help by @Seanwineman on Twitter

Includes petitions, places to text, call & donate, additional resources, and info for protesters.

FANTASY WORLD MASTER LIST OF RESOURCES ON HOW TO DISMANTLE SYSTEMIC RACISM

One of the most comprehensive resources I’ve come across, and includes almost everything you could want. If you’re looking for more, start here.

If you want to donate:

Bail Funds & Legal Help

85+ bail funds organized by city/jurisdiction specifically for protesters, law firms supporting protesters w/ contact info.

Resources for BLM

Includes places to donate (mostly bail funds), reading lists for non-Black allies, resources for protesters, mental health resources, and Black/POC people to follow on social media.

#blacklivesmatter

Includes relevant events, petitions, places to donate (GoFundMe, bail funds, organizations, and individuals), information for protesters including legal resources, education resources, information regarding specific cases of police brutality, and other resources.

Resources to Support BLM

Includes lots of places to donate (bail funds and nonprofits), relevant articles and literature, petitions, food banks, mental health resources, and other resources. Spanish version linked within doc.

BLM INFO

Includes lots of petitions, educational resources, Twitter threads, donation organizations, police complaint scripts, zip codes for international donors, and legal advice.

PETITIONS + DONATIONS by @yanliism on Twitter

In addition to petitions and donation sites, it also includes Canadian representatives to contact.

Resources for demanding justice for George Floyd

Includes articles on police accountability and places to donate to help Minneapolis specifically, as well as bail funds, GoFundMes, racial justice orgs, petitions, and education resources.

Resources for Bailout Funds, Anti-Racism, Accountability, and Supporting Black Lives

Includes bail funds, resources & actions specific to George Floyd, BLM orgs, and resources to demand justice for Ahmaud and Breonna.

National Resource List #GeorgeFloyd+

Includes legal advice, places to donate, tips for protesters and social media tips.

FUNDRAISING/PETITION/TRANS RESOURCE DOC

Includes bail funds, petitions, and resources targeted at the Black trans community (where to donate & organizations)

If you’re a protester:

National Resource List #GeorgeFloyd+

Includes legal advice, places to donate, tips for protesters and social media tips.

BLM INFO

Includes lots of petitions, educational resources, Twitter threads, donation organizations, police complaint scripts, zip codes for international donors, and legal advice.

Ways to Help by @Seanwineman on Twitter

Includes petitions, places to text, call & donate, additional resources, and info for protesters.

Bail Funds & Legal Help 

85+ bail funds organized by city/jurisdiction specifically for protesters, law firms supporting protesters w/ contact info.

#blacklivesmatter

Includes relevant events, petitions, places to donate (GoFundMe, bail funds, organizations, and individuals), information for protesters including legal resources, education resources, information regarding specific cases of police brutality, and other resources.

How to Protect Yourself Against Tear Gas, Pepper Spray

USA Today article detailing what tear gas and pepper spray are, how they are dispersed, what symptoms to expect, and how to treat it.

US Youth Climate Strike’s BLM Actions Database

Nationwide protest and action list compiled by US Youth Climate Strike.

If you want to help but don’t have $$ and can’t protest:

Stream to Donate BLM Youtube Video

100% of ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter & associated bail funds. Don’t skip the ads! Want more? Here’s a Twitter thread of a whole bunch of videos doing the same thing!

BLM Neighborhood Handout Template

A template for handouts to distribute in your neighborhood, made by those in Denver but the information can easily be changed to fit your own location. This is a great way to reach those who don’t actively consume social media, especially if you live in predominantly wealthy neighborhoods!

FUNDRAISING/PETITION/TRANS RESOURCE DOC

Includes bail funds, petitions, and resources targeted at the Black trans community (where to donate & organizations)

Resources to Support BLM

Includes lots of places to donate (bail funds and nonprofits), relevant articles and literature, petitions, food banks, mental health resources, and other resources. Spanish version linked within doc.

BLM INFO

Includes lots of petitions, educational resources, Twitter threads, donation organizations, police complaint scripts, zip codes for international donors, and legal advice.

PETITIONS + DONATIONS by @yanliism on Twitter

In addition to petitions and donation sites, it also includes Canadian representatives to contact.

Resources for demanding justice for George Floyd

Includes articles on police accountability and places to donate to help Minneapolis specifically, as well as bail funds, GoFundMes, racial justice orgs, petitions, and education resources.

Resources for Bailout Funds, Anti-Racism, Accountability, and Supporting Black Lives

Includes bail funds, resources & actions specific to George Floyd, BLM orgs, and resources to demand justice for Ahmaud and Breonna.

Defund12

Crowdsourced letters to select counties and cities asking to defund the police.

Defund the Police

Email templates to defund and reform the police that contain comprehensive policy demands.

Police Accountability

Email templates demanding justice for nonwhite victims of police violence

If you want literature & media:

Black History Month Library

Literally an entire library of Black authors and philosophers, multiple free ebooks!!! Check it out!!!

A Guide to Allyship

Includes background info for why protests are happening, explains philosophy behind ACAB and why “All Lives Matter” isn’t helpful, donation & petition links, contact info for Minneapolis public officials, steps to take instead of calling the cops, and other resources.

Educate Ourselves so White People Don't Have To: An Attempt at a Public Syllabus

150 sources, including books, poetry, essays, movies, podcasts, and other forms of media, as well as Black-owned bookstores and book clubs.

Justice in June

A day-by-day, week-by-week syllabus chock-full of things to read, listen to, watch, and action items.

If you want to support Black businesses:

WeBuyBlack.com

A global marketplace for Black-owned businesses (think Amazon but exclusively Black-owned businesses) that also serves as a forum and organizing platform for social, racial, and economic justice.

Afrobiz US site

An extremely comprehensive directory of Black US businesses in every major US city. They also have a Canadian and UK site.

National

  • LGBTQ focus, but not exclusive
  • Offers nationwide support, but based in Florida
  • Announced on Twitter that they are paying protesters’ bail
  • Black Authority at Black News Channel
  • Organizes & coordinates #BlackMamasBailOut annually
  • Black-led & Black-centered

Alaska

  • Eliminated cash bail for most defendants in 2018

Alabama

  • Focused more on helping inmates be safe from COVID-19, but their Twitter says they’re paying protesters’ bail
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their website.
  • BHAM Community Support Fund
  • GoFundMe for protesters specifically (bail & legal help)
  • Birmingham
  • Focus on Etowah Detention Center in Gadson.
  • Facebook says they’re using funds to help protesters.
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their Facebook.
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • For communities of color & vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by cash bail

Arizona

  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Phoenix
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Black People’s Justice Fund
  • Currently mostly fundraising to free inmates from jail due to COVID-19
  • Metro Phoenix area

Arkansas

California

  • GoFundMe for protesters’ legal support, bail, court fees, medical supplies (including PPE), and supplies. Other funds will be donated to BLM LA and National Lawyers Guild and other groups assisting with legal support.
  • National fund (see above) with offices in San Diego and Compton.
  • Donations cannot be specified by state.
  • Website does not include which county specifically
  • Facebook page states they specifically support protestors
  • San Diego
  • Black-run, serving meals to those in Oakland.
  • Currently bailing out protesters, according to their Twitter.
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their Twitter.
  • GoFundMe for protesters’ bail

Colorado

  • Denver protesters specifically

Connecticut

Delaware

  • For protesters in Wilmington specifically

Florida

  • Mostly focused on releasing thinning out jails to help protect inmates against COVID-19
  • For protesters in Jacksonville specifically
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their Twitter.
  • GoFundMe for protesters’ bail.
  • GoFundMe for Tampa Bay protesters’ bail and medical needs.

Georgia

  • Funds jail support, bail, and access to representation
  • Also accessible through the Action Network
  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Augusta
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their website.

Hawaii

  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.

Idaho

Illinois

  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Chicago
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Winnebago Bond Project
  • Winnebago County only (includes Rockford)
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.

Indiana

  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has offices in Lake County and Indianapolis
  • Donations cannot be specified by state

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Louisville
  • Donations cannot be specified by state

Louisiana

  • Non-violent crimes, East Baton Rouge Parish only
  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Baton Rouge
  • Donations cannot be specified by state

Maine

Maryland

  • Stated purpose is to free inmates to reduce COVID-19 risk, but there are donors asking that their donations go to BLM protesters
  • CashApp ($freedomfightersdc) and Venmo (@freedom-fightersdc) only
  • For entire DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area

Massachusetts

  • Prioritizes releasing inmates to reduce COVID-19 risk
  • Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.

Michigan

  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Detroit
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Working with Detroit Justice Center
  • Statewide, but focuses where there are unmet needs (so probably non Detroit because there are already other bail funds there)
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their website.

Minnesota

  • Due to an influx of donations, MMF has asked that donations be directed elsewhere. If you want to keep your donation in Minnesota, please look at nonprofits in a document linked in the intro.

Mississippi

  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their Twitter.

Missouri

  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • Serves Boone County, where there are currently no protests scheduled.
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has offices in St Charles, St Louis, and St Louis City
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their Twitter.
  • Stated purpose is to bail out inmates in KC due to COVID-19, unsure how much will go to protesters specifically.

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

  • Above is the donation page. Here is their Facebook.

New Hampshire

  • Eliminated cash bail because of inability to pay in 2018

New Jersey

  • Eliminated cash bail for almost all defendants in 2017

New Mexico

New York

  • Due to an influx of donations, BBF has requested that donations be sent elsewhere
  • Raising money for organizers to travel to Minnesota among other services
  • Venmo: @BailOutNYCMay
  • Focus on bailing out trans people, currently also coordinating to release inmates to reduce risk of COVID-19
  • Registered 501c3
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • Available only to Tompkins County residents
  • New York City only
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • PayPal and Venmo only
  • 501c3 deductible
  • Website requests that if you’re donating for protesters, donate to Free Them All (above)
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.

North Carolina

  • No know protests within Durham County
  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Charlotte
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Chapel Hill

North Dakota

  • For protesters’ bail and medical expenses as well as COVID-19 relief in Fargo.

Ohio

  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their Facebook.
  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Cleveland
  • Donations cannot be specified by state
  • Organized by Beloved Community Church, click amount and then select bail fund on the next page.

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

  • Bail & support for those incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail (Pittsburgh is a part of Allegheny County)
  • Harrisburg is a part of Dauphin County

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • includes funds for supplies like masks, water, and safe transportation

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • Part of Just City Memphis, but all donations are going to support their Bail Fund
  • Only serves candidates referred by the Office of the Shelby County Public Defender. Not sure how likely that is to include protestors.
  • Registered 501c3
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • Registered 501c3
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.

Texas

  • Done by United Fort Worth
  • Harris County Jail (Houston is a part of Harris County)
  • Website states not specifically helping protestors
  • Restoring Justice typically provides trial-level representation in Houston to the poor
  • Specifically for protesters
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their Facebook.
  • Specifically for protesters
  • Above is their donation page. Click here for their website.

Utah

  • Specifically for protesters

Vermont

Virginia

  • Website states that they prioritize those who belong to marginalized communities
  • Cashapp ($freedomfightersdc) and Venmo (@freedom-fightersdc) only
  • For entire DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area

Washington

  • Operates only in King and Snohomish Counties (Seattle is in King County)
  • Above is the donation page. Click here for their website.
  • National organization (look at section titled “National”), has office in Spokane
  • Donations cannot be specified by state

Washington, DC

  • Cashapp ($freedomfightersdc) and Venmo (@freedom-fightersdc) only
  • For entire DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming