Beyond tweeting and showing support on social media for Planned Parenthood, which is what I wrote about in my last post, supporters of the organization banded together, organized, and showed their solidarity in so many different ways, one of which being by donating.
According to The Atlantic, after the election (before he was even inaugurated!!!), “organizations whose agendas counter those proposed by President-elect Donald Trump,” like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, received an outpouring of donations and volunteer applications.
The ACLU received “roughly 120,000 donations totaling more than $7.2 million” in only five days!! That’s crazy!!
AND, in the first three days after the election, Planned Parenthood received almost 80,000 donations!!! That’s also crazy!! Cecile Richards, the organization’s president, called it “unprecedented.”
Individuals weren’t the only ones donating to these organizations, though. Several different companies got in on the action, a few of them being record labels. Run For Cover Records and Tiny Engines both opened up their catalogs on Bandcamp, an online platform for sharing and selling music, as pay-what-you-want with all of their proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and, in Tiny Engine’s case, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well. Additionally, Run For Cover Records promised to match the donations up to $5,000.
It’s so obvious that people care about organizations like Planned Parenthood – so many people want to help. If anything good has come out of the election, it’s the fact that people are showing how much they care, banding together, and taking action now more than ever before.