Why is there a pledge?

Pledging provides a way to make visible our collective impact, as well as a place to invite others in to participate.

An important part of this fundraiser is following up--we don't know for sure when folks will get their checks, so it might be a while before they actually can donate. We are also a growing community of people committed to dismantling white supremacy and building power for Indigenous futures, land, water, and air, and this pledge helps us know who may be interested in coming to public meetings and events in the future. We will respect your request to not be contacted if that's what you choose, and either way, we won't give your information to anyone else.


I'm not sure if I should donate my check, or how much. Do you have any resources to help me decide?


This can be a tough time to think about giving away money. Donating your check is your choice, and it depends on your situation. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated, and every donation helps grow our impact together. If you have class privilege, consider donating more, maybe more than feels "comfortable." Here are some questions that might help you figure out if donating some or all of your check could make sense for you.

  • Are you still employed and your income hasn’t been affected by COVID-19, or do you have a salaried position where your income hasn’t been interrupted?

  • Can you still meet your needs and the needs of people you support because you have an income, savings, or investments?

  • Do you have access to wealth from your family, friends, or community that you know you could rely on if you needed help?

  • Or, do you make over $99,000/year and won’t get a check, but still want to support communities most impacted by the pandemic?


If you’d like some support thinking it through, you can reach out for a one-on-one conversation with a SURJ Albuquerque volunteer. Please get in touch with us at You can also ask for support from the person who requested that you sign the pledge! SURJ National's page on class has some resources that can be a starting place for thinking about your class background, and their cross-class capacity tool can also be a helpful place to learn more.


Criteria we considered

We know there are many relief funds and even more community needs. We created this list of relief funds based on the work we know these groups are doing now and in the future, and the scale of their impact. 

  • The impact of COVID-19 has been most devastating to the same communities that are most impacted by settler colonialism. Therefore, we looked for groups that effectively direct funds toward poor, dispossessed, and displaced people.

  • We prioritized grassroots groups that are led by Indigenous people, Black people, and people of color, who are committed to dismantling white supremacy, settler colonialism, resource colonialism, border imperialism, and the accompanying forms of violence against human and non-human beings. 

  • We looked for groups that have a base and the infrastructure to make sure resources go where they are most needed. Each of these are groups with whom we have direct or indirect relationships.

  • Because the Rio Grande Valley has been extracted from to build the wealth of people far away for generations, and because of the ongoing impacts of settler colonialism and border imperialism here, we chose local and regional organizations having local and regional impact. Border imperialism and US imperialism has displaced others to the so-called United States and this Valley, yet limited their access to resources for sustainable lives in the so-called United States and in their communities of origin.