Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have announced they’ll match up to US$1 million in donations to organisations working to protect fundamental rights across America.
The funds will be split between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, whose scope of works includes the protection of voting rights, trans rights, abortion rights, racial justice and much more.
LDF is hugely grateful to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds for matching all gifts up to $1,000,000 split between LDF and @ACLU through October 8. Their generosity comes at a critical time for our democracy. Join them by rushing a gift to LDF today: https://t.co/eEb00Q2NSY pic.twitter.com/08eItHB17N
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) September 20, 2021
It’s all part of a “Democracy Building Challenge” as the ACLU calls it: “Now, they are challenging you to join them…and amplify your impact in the defence of our democracy.”
NEW: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are announcing today a $1M grant, split between us and our friends at the @NAACP_LDF, to support the work to protect our democracy.
If you share their commitment to racial justice and systemic equality, join them today.https://t.co/ciNxF6BoWT
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 20, 2021
Ryan recently highlighted the challenge on his socials – and if you read between the lines, maybe even made a statement on the ridiculous focus of celebrity news media – while responding to a story about fellow actor Gerard Butler not watching any of his films.
“Can you believe Gerard Butler doesn’t know what Free Guy is?” he jokingly posted before turning his attention to the Democracy Building Challenge.
“Also, can you believe that the challenges to democracy have never been greater and that Blake and I will match your contributions to the @aclu_nationwide and @naacp_ldf? *Order of these questions optimized for the internet, NOT importance.”
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This isn’t the first time Blake and Ryan have contributed to important causes either.
They made a $40,000 donation to earthquake relief organisations in Haiti, a $1 million donation to food banks in America and Canada to help fight hunger during the pandemic, a $250,000 donation to the Influence Mentoring Society, a Canadian mentorship program or Indigenous post-secondary students – and that’s just this year.
They’ve also previously made a $1 million donation to the LDF to support migrant children separated from their families, a $500,000 donation to Covenant House Vancouver which supports homeless, trafficked and at-risk youths in Canada and so much more.
You can learn more about Blake and Ryan’s challenge HERE.
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