Colin Kaepernick details his charitable donations via web site
One of the criticisms that fans and media made towards 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he first started protesting the national anthem this season was that the
One of the criticisms that fans and media made towards 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he first started protesting the national anthem this season was that the people he's standing up for would be better served if he spent his time and money in troubled communities rather than holding a weekly protest. Kaepernick has done exactly that in recent months though, and he's put together a web site to provide detail about the donations he's made.
Kaepernick said not long after he began his protests that he planned on donating $1 million of his salary to helping organizations that can assist troubled communities. On his web site, Kaepernick7.com, Kaepernick has a section dedicated to the donations he's made so far, which includes $25,000 donations to organizations in California, Chicago, Dallas, Milwaukee, and New York. Specific details are also provided to show exactly how the money is being used.
"We're being very particular with the organizations we're donating to, making sure they're very grass roots, and also wanted to be very transparent with what we're doing and where the money was going to within those organizations so people can really see that this money is going towards those communities and trying to help people," Kaepernick said Tuesday.
Kaepernick put an early focus on donating money to the San Francisco area and his birthplace of Milwaukee, given the connection he has to both cities.
"I'm open to donate anywhere across this country," Kaepernick said. "There's a lot of communities that are affected by issues, issues of oppression. And we wanted to make sure we try to help and touch as many communities as we can. I wanted to make sure I touched Milwaukee and the Bay Area first, being those are two places that are close to home for me, but also being able to reach places like Chicago, New York, Texas, where these issues have really be rampant."
Per the web site, Kaepernick has donated $100,000 total in both October and November. He also hasn't closed the door on opening up his foundation to outside fundraising.
"I haven't done any fundraising at this point," Kaepernick said. "It might be an option going forward."
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