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McDonald's, Amazon, H&M and more donate millions of dollars to racial justice organizations

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  • Dozens of fast-food chains, retailers, and brands have spoken out against racial injustice in posts on social media over the past week. 
  • Many are now taking it a step further by donating hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to racial justice organizations. 
  • Amazon, H&M, McDonald's, and Gap Inc are among the world's biggest chains to do so. Here's who else. 
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Over the past week, dozens of fast-food chains, retailers, and brands around the world have come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and have spoken out against racial injustice in posts on social media.
Some of these companies are now taking it a step further and pledging hundreds and thousands or even millions of dollars to racial justice organizations.
Amazon, H&M, McDonald's, and Gap Inc are among the world's biggest chains to be doing so. Here's what they're donating:
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Glossier is donating $1 million to racial justice organizations and Black-owned beauty businesses



Glosser announced in an Instagram post over the weekend that it would donate $500,000 to various organization that are focused on combating racial injustice, including Black Lives Matter, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and We The Protesters. 
It also said it would donate an additional $500,000 in grants to Black-owned beauty businesses.
"We see you and are with you," the company said. 




Etsy is donating $1 million to organizations that work in criminal justice reform and assist Black-led institutions



Etsy's CEO Josh Silverman said the company will donate $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, $500,000 to Borealis Philanthropy's Black-Led Movement Fund, and match any employee donations.
"We stand in solidarity with our employees and communities who are voicing their anguish, anger, and deep frustration with systems that oppress and devalue Black lives," he said in a statement. 
He continued: "We stand against police brutality in all forms. We stand against a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets Black Americans. We stand against the widespread disenfranchisement of Black and Brown communities whose voices are silenced at the polls."



Gap Inc is donating $250,000 to Black Lives Matter causes



Gap Inc, one of the largest retail companies in the US, pledged $250,000 across its brands to two organizations fighting racism: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Embrace Race.



Lululemon is donating $100,000 to a non-profit that uses donations to bail out protesters



Lululemon announced in an Instagram post that it would donate $100,000 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a non-profit organization that uses donations to pay criminal bail for those who can't afford it.



Fashion Nova is pledging $1 million to support awareness campaigns and community activism



Fast-fashion company Fashion Nova announced on Wednesday that it is pledging $1 million in donations throughout 2020 to various organizations fighting for racial equality and raising awareness about the issue.
"To start, we will donate to organizations fighting for change: Black Lives Matter, NAACP Legal and Education Fund and Know Your Rights Camp. We will continue to update you as we make progress in supporting additional organizations and initiatives," the company said. 



Amazon is donating $10 million to social justice organizations



Amazon said it would donate $10 million to various organizations that are "working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans," it said.
These groups include the NAACP, Brennan Center for Justice, and the Equal Justice Initiative.
"Together, we stand in solidarity with the Black community—our employees, customers, and partners—in the fight against systemic racism and injustice," it said.



McDonald's is donating $1 million to racial justice organizations



McDonald's US chief, Joe Erlinger, addressed the George Floyd protests in an open letter on Saturday, saying that historically McDonald's has "tended to stay silent" on issues that do not directly involve its business.
However, he was "appalled by recent events in Louisville, Georgia, New York, and Minneapolis."
"I will not speak to – nor will I claim to fully understand – how events like these affect African Americans and people of color," he said. "However, I see and recognize the impact these events have at an individual and collective level. And, when any member of our McFamily hurts, we all hurt."
Business Insider's Kate Taylor later reported that McDonald's planned to donate $1 million to the National Urban League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).




Peloton is donating $500,000 to a civil rights law firm fighting for racial justice



Peloton's CEO John Foley said the company would donate $500,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund – a law firm fighting for racial justice; he encouraged its customers to do the same.
"The Black community is hurting. Our Black Members, instructors, music partners and employees are hurting. #BlackLivesMatter, and it's time to take action," Foley said.




Warby Parker has pledged $1 million to various organizations combating racism



Direct-to-consumer glasses and sunglasses brand Warby Parker said it would donate $1 million to organizations "combating systemic racism."
"We are heartbroken and angered by how pervasive hatred and racial injustice still are in this country. Equality is one of our core tenets," it said.
The company has not yet specified which organizations will receive its donation.



H&M donates $500,000 to three organizations fighting racial injustice



Fast-fashion powerhouse H&M has pledged $500,000 to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Color of Change.
"We support these organizations in their efforts for justice, economic rights and democratic empowerment," the company wrote in an Instagram post announcing the news.





Levi's pledged $200,000 in donations and grants



Levi's is donating $100,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and $100,000 in grants to Live Free USA, an organization that is working to end mass incarceration.




Aritzia is donating $100,000 to Black Lives Matter causes



Canadian fashion chain Aritzia said it would donate $100,000 to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP.
In an Instagram post announcing the news, it said: "No words, no post on Instagram, no amount of donations will ever be enough. But action inspires actions inspires change. And we are all in this together."




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