Remembering Bill Russell

Giving Gap extends our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of NBA and civil rights legend, Bill Russell, as they mourn his recent passing.⁠

People who knew him best say that Bill's understanding of the struggle is what "illuminated his life". This included his philanthropic efforts to fight racial and social inequity in Boston and around the country.⁠

In his honor, we've rounded up some Boston-based, Black-founded nonprofits that need your support.

Bill Russell holds his face, his fingers adorned with NBA Championship rings.

Prosecutor Impact

Civil Rights & Racial Justice, Boston, MA

Taking action to improve outcomes for the millions of people impacted by the U.S. criminal justice system.

New England Blacks in Philanthropy

Benefactors, Boston, MA

The mission of New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBIP) is to inform, reform and transform the practice of philanthropy. Our goal is to increase the assets and power of Black philanthropy and communities.

We Are Better Together Warren Daniel Hairston Project

Violence Prevention, Boston,

We Are Better Together Warren Daniel Hairston Project connects and heals women and girls affected by homicide and incarceration to prevent the cycles of violence and victimization.

Museum of African American History

Arts & Culture, Boston, MA

Our mission is to inspire all generations to embrace and interpret the authentic stories of New Englanders of African descent, and those who found common cause with them, in their quest for freedom and justice.

Black Economic Council of Massachusetts

Community & Economic Development, Boston, MA

We are a Black business advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance the economic well being of Black businesses, organizations that serve Black communities, and Black residents of Massachusetts.

He is Me Institute, Inc.

Education, Boston , MA

HE is ME partners with schools, colleges, and other institutions, creating pathways for Black men to become teachers. Aspiring Black male teachers mentor boys of color in our I AM KING mentoring program.


Civil Rights & Racial Justice, Boston, MA

VotER is a nonpartisan nonprofit 501c3 with a mission to use healthcare settings as a place to register folks to vote or help them get their mail in ballot.

BAMS Fest Inc.

Arts & Culture, Boston, MA

Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest Inc. is an award-winning nonprofit focused on creating economic development opportunities for Greater Boston’s BIPOC creatives, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

Excellence For All STEAM School Network

Education, Upton, MA

Our mission is to create the learning environment that enables our scholars from historically marginalized populations to enter STEAM fields.