Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Donates $3M to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp

Other organizations also received #startsmall grants this week

Know Your Rights Camp's mission is "to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities" Know Your Rights Camp
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A very big name led the newest round of #startsmall grants revealed by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this week.

Dorsey said in a tweet that $3 million will go to Know Your Rights Camp, which is led by former National Football League quarterback and current civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick.

The mission of Know Your Rights Camp, according to its website, is “to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.”

Dorsey said in a series of tweets in April that funds for the #startsmall grants would come from his equity in payments platform Square, which he also leads, adding that the money will be routed through limited liability company Start Small, and all transactions will be tracked on a public Google Docs spreadsheet in the interest of transparency.

The other #startsmall grants revealed by Dorsey this week were:

  • $5 million to World Central Kitchen’s #ChefsForAmerica nationwide emergency food relief program to support the Restaurants for the People program in Oakland, Calif.
  • $1 million to the Navajo Water Project’s Digdeep “to connect remote indigenous homes to hot and cold running water so that tribal members, especially the elderly and the at-risk, can stay home and stay safe, and to make Navajo Nation more resilient to ongoing and future outbreaks.”
  • $500,000 to SisterHearts to aid formerly incarcerated women in their return to society and help them achieve their goals.
  • $350,000 to the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, which promotes the behavioral health of children, youth and families and supports a positive transition to adulthood.
  • $250,000 to St. Francis Community Services “to be used as leverage in negotiations with landlords on behalf of immigrant clients in the St. Louis area who are in jeopardy of eviction due to the Covid-19 crisis.”
  • $200,000 to the John Wall Family Foundation for a 30-day rent relief program for eligible residents in Ward 8 in Washington, D.C. John Wall is a point guard for the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards.
  • $50,000 to grassroots organization Project NIA, which “works to end the arrest, detention and incarceration of children and young adults by promoting restorative and transformative justice practices.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.