PRESS RELEASE: Millennial Philanthropists Fund Millennial Advocates

Capital Cause Press Contact:  Ansley Brown,

Washington D.C., September 10, 2014 – Today, Capital Cause announced the launch of its new initiative, the #JUSTICE4FUND to bring awareness and seek change to the prevalent and systematic injustices faced by young unarmed African-Americans. Due to the recent high profile deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Renisha McBride and Michael Brown, the #Justice4Fund serves as a catalyst in eradicating issues embedded in the legal justice system and helps to bring positive change to the African-American community at-large. Through this Fund, micro-grants will be awarded to community organizations that show a passion for issues surrounding racial profiling, social injustice, civil rights violations and police brutality.

Founded in 2009, Capital Cause was developed on the idea that the small contributions of like-minded young philanthropists can cause momentous change. Each year, Capital Cause awards micro-grants to non-profits and small businesses alike. Capital Cause’s young philanthropists are committed to giving back to worthwhile causes and being proactive in creating solutions to issues affecting the African-American community. “Capital Cause believes the giving process should be transparent, accountable and democratic,” said Kezia Williams, chairwoman, Capital Cause.”

People interested in donating to the #JUSTICE4FUND are encouraged to do so online at: by September 15, 2014. The organization’s goal is to raise $2,000 to be awarded to exceptional non-profits from across the country. Although the #Justice4Fund Giving Circle will lead fundraising efforts, all #Justice4Fund donors will be invited to vote on which non-profits they would like to receive their communal contributions. “The recent killings of unarmed minorities is an issue impacting the United States, and in particular the African-American community, and we should all be interested in and involved with finding solutions,” Williams said.

Suggested symbolic donations are as follows:

  • A $7 donation represents the number of letters in the word Justice.
  • A $17 donation represents the nationwide African-American homicide victimization rate in 2011(17 per 100,000 deaths).
  • A $31 donation represents the homicide rate for African-American male victims (31 per 100,000 deaths).
  • A $40 donation represents the murder rate for Black Americans, which is four times the national average.
  • A $100 donation represents the monetary donation the #Justice4Fund Giving Circle has committed to investing in this initiative.

No amount is too small and your donation will make a huge difference towards creating change. All contributions are tax deductible.

A list of organizations being considered as #Justice4Fund donation recipients include: The Dream Defenders, Million Hoodies Movement, Black Youth Project, Black Swan Academy, National Black United Front (DC), Thurgood Marshall College Fund, The BlackManCan Institute, Black and Brown People Vote and Five-0, a teen-developed mobile app that allows users to record and share encounters with law enforcement.

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