We’ve launched our Redistributing White Wealth campaign! It’s an effort to get white folks in Tompkins County who benefit from systemic racism to start moving money on a regular basis to counteract the racial wealth gap. You can read more about the motivation and the plan in an earlier announcement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the money go?

The goal is to redistribute money to amazing BIPOC-led anti-racist activist organizations in Tompkins County. Every month, we will split the money evenly among these organizations:

  • Ithaca Multicultural Resource Center: MRC engages in cultural and systemic transformation by building with our communities to eliminate barriers to racial justice, cultural dignity, equity and inclusion, and indigenous rights.
  • Southside Community Center: Southside is a community resource center that affirms, empowers, and fosters the development of self-pride among the African–American citizens of greater Ithaca.
  • Black Lives Matter Ithaca: The local chapter of Black Lives Matter. BLM Ithaca is currently raising funds to respond to mutual aid needs in the Black community.
  • Alliance of Families for Justice: AFJ supports, empowers, and mobilizes families and individuals impacted by the criminal justice system so they can marshal their collective power to create a just world.
  • Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) Nation: The traditional leadership of the sovereign Native nation who are the original stewards of territory that includes Tompkins County.

Logistically, SURJ will write a check to these organizations every month.

Is this a tax-deductible donation?

No. We are not a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Even though the website we’re using calls this a “donation,” we encourage you to see it as redirecting additional income you receive because of structural racism—not as charity.

How do I change or cancel my monthly commitment?

You can create an account with Donorbox to manage the money you move. Go to their website and choose “Donor Login” from the “Login” menu.

Can I send money to just one of these organizations? How about a one-time payment?

Money moved through this campaign is a monthly commitment and goes equally to all of the partner organizations. You can separately send money directly to these organizations if you want by seeking them out individually.

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