Donald Trump’s victory opened the floodgates for winners-and-losers opinion pieces and one week later the current is still running strong. While opinion varies on who won and/or lost other than Trump and Clinton, the NPIC has emerged an early victor in one indisputable statistic: money. Unsure of which politicians to support as government restructures, people are showering donations on nonprofits, especially name-brand ones. They aren’t doing it blindly, either. Trump’s victory was only hours old before the media began suggesting list after list of ways to donate, immediately capitalizing on the public’s fear and exhaustion from the entire election. The ACLU’s website crashed from the weight of everyone trying to donate at once. In addition to a spike in donations, Planned Parenthood has seen a surge in online appointments for IUDs after women have been dangerously and hastily urged to get them as precaution.
This rush to center nonprofits in the resistance to the approaching Trump administration is filled with dangers. The NPIC has long been one of the leading saboteurs among social-justice movements and orgs. They seduce independent activists, organizers and orgs with funding, networking and support, and then use that aid to steer work/messaging/optics in a more corporate/state-friendly direction. Racial-justice orgs suddenly begin centering more white people. Feminist collectives begin centering more white men. Abolition groups suddenly preach reform and cooperation with the state and its surrogates. Those wise enough to reject NPIC offers of help usually find themselves shoved toward the margins of their movement, constantly smeared and gaslighted into joining the hive mind.
NPIC donations are also surging because of expectations that Trump will slash federal funding to cities, especially those with Democratic City Halls. Many of these City Halls have already been slashing funding to social services to cover for tax breaks given out to tech and other corporations, while opening a fast track for tech to privatize services that are being slashed or eliminated altogether. Should the Trump administration cut funding as expected, tech and the NPIC will be ready and waiting to step in and continue their partnership in privatization. And as long as the NPIC remains a symbol of hope for stopping Trump, this privatization will be seen as welcome relief and rescue, instead of the gilded fascism it actually represents.
So if not the ever-growing ranks of the NPIC, who is there to support financially? Give your money to women; women of color, specifically. Support truly independent activists and organizers who are doing real work but never seeing a penny of big donation waves. Give to them directly and urge others to do the same.