Bail Funds, Nonprofits, and Freedom Funds: How Donations Go to Work

Bail Funds, Nonprofits, and Freedom Funds: How Donations Go to Work

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“What’s most important is keeping the focus on the organization’s work and the people…that they help,” said Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. “We encourage people to give local to an organization they know, not to some random organization that called or has a fancy webpage.”

According to Delaney, nonprofits see the greatest success rates when their cause is spread by word-of-mouth. Experts have repeatedly seen an increase in donations when an organization is mentioned to someone by a person they trust, giving the donation a personal touch. (One of the most poignant examples of this effectiveness is the Ice Bucket Challenge, which made waves on social media by friends encouraging their networks to participate.)

Delaney says the best contribution to a nonprofit is one that is unrestricted or for general support. When the donation has that flexibility, it will enable the organization to deploy donations where they are needed most. The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund also encourages donors to take a “both and” approach, instead of an “either or” one.


Although the protests have taken center stage, COVID-19 still poses a large threat to at-risk communities. According to Delaney, nonprofits have been lifelines for those who rely on school lunches, as well as helped mental health services mobilize their efforts online. Now, many are turning their attention to helping peaceful protesters with bail and legal services.

“Every dollar, every penny matters,” Delaney said.

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Vanity Fair
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