The Tory Burch Foundation’s Embrace Ambition initiative was established three years ago to explore implicit bias and shatter stereotypes. We are more committed than ever to having difficult conversations—internally and with you, our extended family. After Mellody Hobson’s inspiring talk at our 2020 Embrace Ambition Summit, we’re heeding her call to be Color Brave and face the challenges of systemic racism head-on. Below are the resources that are helping us interrogate our world and create new futures. You’ll find a list of places to donate, as well as books, films, podcasts, and articles on race, racism, and the history that we’re reckoning with today. We’ve also created a list of resources specifically for parents, including books for children as young as 3 years old. Join us on this journey.

Equal Justice Initiative
Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in America.

Nationwide Bail Fund
Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.

The ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union works on federal advocacy, Supreme Court cases, and court battles to protect freedoms and human rights.

The Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
Support George Floyd’s family through this fund designed to cover expenses as well as care for his children and their education.

Black Lives Matter
Committed to the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

Campaign Zero
Works to identify effective solutions to end police violence, through research, organizer support, and advocacy work.

Grass Roots Law Project
Grassroots organizing with legal expertise to radically transform policing and justice in America.

BEAM
A training, movement building, and grant-making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.

Rayshard Brooks Memorial Fund
Funds to support the family of Rayshard Brooks, shot and killed by police.

I Run With Maud
Assistance to Ahmaud’s mother; Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones and her immediate family with financial support.

Community Support for Robert Fuller
Funds to assist the family of Robert Fuller, found hanging from a tree.

The Bail Project
Funds for people who can’t afford bail.

National Bail Out
Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention.

Act Blue Bail, Mutual Aid, and Racial Justice Organization Funds
Contributions divided evenly betweenLouisville Community Bail Fund, Nashville Community Bail Fund, and 68 other groups

Mutual Aid
Find Mutual Aid Networks and other community self-support projects near you.

My Block My Hood My City
Funds raised will go to support ongoing operations and efforts to repair small businesses.

Black and Brown Founders
Community, education, and access to Black and Latino entrepreneurs to launch and build tech businesses with modest resources.

Black Table Arts
Support for Black artist building community.

Voix Noire
Safe space for Black women, marginalized genders and children to seek and receive assistance via reparations from non-Black individuals.

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
Support to include and share the significant African American history and important role it plays in the fabric of American society.

SoGal
Support the mission to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

The Conscious Kid
Dedicated fund to include children’s books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance into classrooms across the country.

D.R.E.A.M.
Committed to empowering underrepresented, urban youth by equipping them with the essential knowledge for life’s challenging financial decisions.

Black Girls Code
Dedicated to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields.

The Harriet Tubman Collective
A collective of Black deaf & Black disabled organizers, community builders, activists, dreamers, lovers striving for radical inclusion and collective liberation.

Color of Change Education Fund
Support the movement to end police violence.

Campaign Zero
Dedicated to limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.

Third Wave Fund
Dedicated to ensure young women, queer, and trans youth of color have the tools and resources they need to lead powerful movements.

The Loveland Foundation
Financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.

Change.org
The world’s platform for change. Take action for racial justice.

Breonna Was Essential #JusticeforBre
Demand justice for Breonna Taylor by addressing the use of force, eliminating no knock warrants and fire the officers who murdered her.

#JusticeforBre
A petition calling for justice for Breonna Taylor.

#JusticeForFloyd
A petition calling for justice for George Floyd.

 #WeCantBreathe
Calling for justice for George Floyd through the arrest, charge and conviction of the officers involved in his murder.

8 Can’t Wait
Take action and petition changes to police force policies of engagement.

Winning Justice: The Prosecutor Project
Hold prosecutors accountable with this series of petitions and learn more about the prosecutors in your community.

Justice for Tony McDade
A petition calling for justice for Tony McDade.

Georgia Hate Crime Bill
Petition for Georgia State Legislature to pass a hate crime bill.

Hands Up Act
Petition to prohibit police officers from shooting unarmed citizens.

Action Police Brutality
Prosecute police who murder unarmed individuals.

TOOLS ON BIAS 


Implicit Bias Test
We all have biases – being aware of them is one of the critical steps you can take to understanding and creating change.

Think Twice. Think Inclusively.
A tool for confronting stereotypes and creating new norms from our Foundation.

Black Lives Matter
Toolkits for healing, conflict resolution, healing justice and more.

Anti-Racist Resources
List of reading resources to learn about dismantling unconscious biases and action plans for equality.

How to Be an Ally
Daily and weekly action plans to support the Black community.

New Era of Public Safety
An advocacy toolkit for fair, safe, and effective community policing.

Woke Vote
Non-partisan, non-candidate-based training and leadership development fellowship program to build a pipeline of talented organizers who can execute engagement programs to scale.

The Marshall Project
Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice.

Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp
Advancement and 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.

Embrace Race
Resources for parents to educate children on race.

Pretty Brown Girl
Dedicated to educating and empowering girls of color by encouraging self-acceptance while cultivating social, emotional & intellectual well-being.

Breakthrough ADR
Committed to providing corporations and government agencies with trainings on implicit bias, mediation and non-violent de-escalation techniques.

FILM & VIDEOS

 

Mellody Hobson’s Color Brave
Challenging the idea of color blindness, Mellody Hobson encourages us to be Color Brave. Tackle issues of race head-on, to show courage and be bold.

13th by Ava DuVernay
Watch Filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s exploration of racial inequality in the United States.

How Studying Privilege Can Strengthen Compassion
Watch Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools.

When They See Us
Four-part film on New York’s Exonerated 5, the series chronicles the wrongful arrest and incarceration of teenagers Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr. and Korey Wise. The episodes highlight the devastating effects of wrongful incarceration and underscore the unjust systems and structures that make such overt brutality in America possible.

Where Do We Go From Here?
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prah Winfrey leads the conversation speaking directly with Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systemic racism and the current state of America.

BOOKS

 

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Will Not Be Erased 
by Gal-dem

When They Call You a Terrorist
by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors

Eloquent Rage
by Brittney Cooper

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla Saad

So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
By Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
by Safiya Noble

 

PLAYLISTS & PODCASTS

 

Revolution Playlist
Spotify playlist by Rachel Cargle featuring icons of the racial justice movement.

1619 (New York Times) Podcast 

About Race Podcast

Code Switch (NPR) Podcast

Intersectionality Matters! Podcast

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People from Crooked Media

Seeing White Podcast

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

 

“I need white mamas to come running” by Christy Oglesby
A heart-wrenching piece from a CNN producer about her experience as the mother of a black son.

Safe Space Radio: Can We Talk? Talking to White Kids About Racism
Provides tips and strategies for starting this critical conversation.

It’s Time for White Parents to Have “The Talk” with Their Children about Police Brutality by Marchae Grair
Looks at the importance of teaching children that whiteness comes with responsibility to dismantle privilege.

“How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper?” by Jennifer Harvey
This piece details the importance of breaking the silence around race in our diverse yet segregated society.

Why All Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Social Identity
Focuses on the importance of talking about race and other social categories with kids and provides some helpful strategies.

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents Dr. Howard Stevenson
A clinical psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies racial literacy, shares ideas for discussing racial incidents with children.

The Race Card Project
Honest and open conversations about race. Create your Race Card today.

 

PICTURE BOOKS FOR BEGINNING CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN

 

Yo? Yes! By Chris Raschka

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael Lopez

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson & E.B. Lewis

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev & Taeeun Yoo

Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman & Akem

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry & Vashti Harrison

Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers & Christopher Myers

Wings by Christopher Myers

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena & Christian Robinson

The Color of Us by Karen Katz

Skin Again by Bell Hooks & Chris Raschka