Colin Kaepernick has reached the end of his $1 million pledge that he started back in October 2016 when he began his protest against injustices against people of color in the United States.
Since he started, Kaepernick has donated money and spent time with organizations with hopes of making differences in the world. In the final stretch of his $1 million pledge, Kaepernick announced he would be making donations in $10,000 increments over 10 days in his “10 for 10” campaign, where he would give to various organizations. Other celebrities and athletes would match Kaepernick’s donations in the process. In September, Kaepernick got what lawyers have called “a major win” against the NFL in his collusion lawsuit by getting an arbitrator to dismiss a summary judgement. The quarterback also became the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.
Here is what those final 10 days looked like, between the organizations involved, and who decided to pitch in to his efforts.
Day 1: Silicon Valley De-Bug
The first round of the final $100,000 went to an organization that Kaepernick has worked with previously in his pledge — Silicon Valley De-Bug.
Kaepernick announced that along with his $10,000 donation, Kevin Durant would match it, giving the organization a total of $20,000.
My brother Kevin Durant @KDTrey5 has generously decided to match my donation of $10,000, with $10,000 of his own, making the total donation to De-Bug $20,000!!! My brother Kevin, you are truly a champion on, and off the court. #MillionDollarPledge #10for10 https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa pic.twitter.com/He41wgChCF— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 17, 2018
According to its website, De-Bug is, “a platform for Silicon Valley’s diverse communities to impact the political, cultural, and social landscape of the region, while also becoming a nationally recognized model for community-based justice work.”
Day 2: Advancement Project
In the second day of Kaepernick’s 10 for 10, actor Jesse Williams chose Advancement Project in Washington D.C., a multi-racial civil rights organization.
Thank you @ijessewilliams for choosing Advancement Project to be part of my #MillionDollarPledge & matching my $10k donation to them! They will receive $20k to work on national programs focused on tackling inequity with innovative strategies & strong community alliance. #10for10 pic.twitter.com/geDEmJ3AMu— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 18, 2018
Advancement Project’s goals include:
[A] focus on tackling inequity with innovative strategies and strong community alliance. We combine law, communications, policy, and technology to create workable solutions and achieve systemic change on issues of democracy, voting rights, and access to justice.
Williams, matched Kaepernick’s donation, giving the organization a total of $20,000.
Day 3: United Playaz
Day three saw Kaepernick bring in another Bay Area athlete to his campaign, this time it was Stephen Curry.
The donations from Curry and Kaepernick went to United Playaz in San Francisco, a violence prevention and youth development organization.
Thank you @stephencurry30 for going #10for10 & matching my $10k donation to United Playaz in SF for a total of $20k for them! My brother Steph, your selflessness on the court extends off the court. Thank you. See the details https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! #MillionDollarPledge pic.twitter.com/1gAhIP7RAw— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 19, 2018
Per the organization’s website, they “provide a comprehensive range of services to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.”
The organization made a video thanking Curry and Kaepernick for their donations:
“It takes the Hood to save the Hood" - @united_playaz Continue to do good work in the Bay Area & beyond! Thank you for your 20+ years of contributions to our community! So glad @stephencurry30 nominated you! See the details on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq #MillionDollarPledge #10for10 pic.twitter.com/AEH1m2h1jX— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 19, 2018
Day 4: Mothers Against Police Brutality
Mothers Against Police Brutality is another group that had previously received help from Kaepernick.
This time around, Snoop Dogg chipped in.
Day4: @snoopdogg is the latest 2 join my #MillionDollarPledge!$20k to Mothers Against Police Brutality! @fightingmothers unites mothers who've lost children 2 police https://t.co/MLPsYw5EC7 Snoop always finds time 2 give back. All donation info #10for10 @ https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa pic.twitter.com/jpbWOgHP40— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 22, 2018
Snoop wasn’t done though. After matching Kaepernick’s $10,000, he later decided to donate another $15,000 to make it a total of $35,000.
Uncle @snoopdogg called & said he wants to donate $15k MORE to my #MillionDollarPledge! He loves the work Mothers Against Police Brutality is doing so much, now they're getting a total of $35k! Thank you Snoop for recognizing the good work they do! Go to https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! pic.twitter.com/1f3g2dFDEn— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 22, 2018
MAPB made a video thanking Kaepernick and Snoop for their contributions.
THANK YOU to Mothers Against Police Brutality.They unite mothers who have lost their children to police violence.MAPB,thank you for everything you do!See what they will be using the $35k donation Snoop & I gave them for my #MillionDollarPledge on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! #10for10 pic.twitter.com/mmgW8B6Im8— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 23, 2018
MAPB was started by Collette Flanagan after her son, Clinton Allen, was killed by Dallas police in 2013. The organization unites mothers nationwide to fight for civil rights, police accountability, and policy reform.
Day 5: Imagine LA
At the halfway point, Kaepernick had Serena Williams join the campaign, who chose Imagine LA. Williams is a native of Compton, California.
My sister @serenawilliams asked that I donate to Imagine LA, an org dedicated to mobilizing the community to end the cycle of family homelessness & poverty. Serena is going #10for10 to match my $10k donation w/$10k as well! Serena, THANK YOU! See it on https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa pic.twitter.com/AUu1Cz4k0l— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 23, 2018
Imagine LA is dedicated to mobilizing the community to end the cycle of family homelessness and poverty.
Day 6: Angel by Nature
Kaepernick went to the south with his next volunteer, Atlanta’s own T.I. the Rapper picked Angel by Nature, a Houston-based organization.
My ATL brother, T.I. @troubleman31 wanted to join my #MillionDollarPledge & go #10for10 w/me to match my $10k & asked that I donate $10k to Angel by Nature, an organization founded by Trae the Truth @traeabn in Houston. See a list of the donations at https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa! pic.twitter.com/ERgw7echLA— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 24, 2018
Angel by Nature has actively been helping those in need after the effects of Hurricane Harvey. On their website, it says the organization is “driven to help benefit and supply the Houston community with relief efforts ranging from living conditions, education, to personal health and motivation.”
Day 7: School on Wheels
For day seven, Kaepernick turned again to a musician, this time it was Jhene Aiko. Aiko opted to help School on Wheels in her native Los Angeles.
I was honored when @jheneaiko wanted to be part of my #10for10 & chose School on Wheels in LA to receive $20k! I appreciate you, Jhene! Thanks for helping to build better communities for less fortunate. Head to https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa to see my #MillionDollarPledge! pic.twitter.com/R2oWUznR6X— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 25, 2018
According to their website, School on Wheels aims to do the following:
School on Wheels provides academic tutoring to children living in shelters, motels, cars, group foster homes, and on the streets in Southern California. We provide homeless students stability in a time of stress and transition, and help them achieve educational success so that they may break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Day 8: Communites United for Police Reform
This organization would receive a whopping $40,000 thanks to Kaepernick. Along with his $10,000, Nick Cannon donated $20,000, and Joey Badadd chipped in $10,000 as well.
My Brother @joeybadass, I appreciate you going #10for10 on my #MillionDollarPledge with me hittin’ me up all the way from Asia! The $40k from me, you and @nickcannon will help @changethenypd w/ NYPD reform and accountability in our communities. $980k down, $20k to go! pic.twitter.com/M7ryGXvsrJ— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 27, 2018
The organization’s focus is on discriminatory and abusive policing in New York City. They aim to help with investment and respect, safety and human rights, accountability, and transparency.
Day 9: Youth Service Inc.
On Jan. 29, as Kaepernick’s 10 for 10 neared its conclusion, he teamed up with Meek Mill to donate to Youth Services Inc. Both Kaepernick and Meek Mill donated $10,000 to the organization, for a total of $20,000.
Despite my brother @meekmill’s current circumstances, he continues to stay connected in the community of Philly. He pledged to go #10for10 on my #MillionDollarPledge. We’re both donating $10k for a combined $20k to Youth Service Inc. Keep staying strong Meek, we love you brother! pic.twitter.com/ZCbecqtPF6— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 29, 2018
Per their website, YSI is about strengthening families, helping at-risk teens, and promoting child safety:
Youth Service, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has provided immediate shelter and support services to Philadelphia’s children, youth, and families for over 65 years. YSI offers unique programs and niche services throughout the city, including Philadelphia’s only Crisis Nursery Programs and the largest shelter in the area for homeless and runaway teens. Through shelter, counseling, and in-home support services, YSI reaches more than 5,000 clients annually, the majority of whom live below the poverty level.
Day 10: H.O.M.E
To finish his million dollar pledge and the final 10 for 10, Kaepernick donated $10,000, along with Usher, to H.O.M.E in Lithonia, Georgia.
I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. For the final #10for10 joining me is my brother @usher! He is donating $10k to match my $10k for $20k for H.O.M.E from Lithonia, GA. Head to https://t.co/aK6dK9NZZA for a complete list of my Million Dollar Pledge! pic.twitter.com/WiSAJePPcB— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018
H.O.M.E stands for “Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure.” According to their website, H.O.M.E is “a 501(c)3 organization founded to help single mothers who are working and/or going to school, survive the ‘tough times’ and persevere towards an ‘appointed time’ for success in life.”
Kaepernick first announced his pledge to donate $1 million in September 2016, just weeks after he started his protest of oppression against people of color in the U.S.
The organizations above, and ones he donated to over the past year and few months, reflect the change that Kaepernick hopes to bring into the world.