The Weeknd Donates $500,000 to Black Lives Matter Causes

The Weeknd reveals the Black Lives Matter organizations he’s supporting. See where the rapper donated after George Floyd’s death.

By Mike Vulpo Jun 02, 2020 6:02 PMTags

The Weeknd is ready to give back.

As protests continue around the world after the death of George Floyd, one rapper has donated a total of $500,000 to various Black Lives Matter causes.

"Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives," The Weeknd shared on Instagram Monday evening. "Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount. #blacklivesmatter."

The musician revealed he donated $100,000 to National Bail Out, $200,000 to The Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative and another $200,000 for the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

The Weeknd is just one of many familiar faces in Hollywood who are donating to the Black Lives Matter movement in recent days. From Seth Rogen and Harry Styles to Blake Lively and Halsey, many stars are using their platform to raise awareness about various organizations.

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Take a look at the Hollywood celebrities giving back in our gallery below.


On June 11, the NFL announced it would donate $250 million across the next 10 years to "combat systemic racism and support the battle against injustices faced by African Americans."

Jordan Peele

The director and his Monkeypaw Productions company pledged $1 million to Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective, Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project and Fair Fight.

Natalie Portman

In honor of her 39th birthday on June 9, the actress pledged to match donations up to $100,000 to A New Way of Life, which provides services to women rebuilding their lives after prison.

Fall Out Boy

The rock band committed $100,000 to the National Bail Out and Black Visions Collective. 


Last month, the songstress revealed she donated $1,000 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.


BTS and Big Hit Entertainment donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, a rep for Big Hit confirmed to Variety on June 6. "We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence," the K-Pop group tweeted. "You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."

John Cena

"Very happy to join #BTSARMY in efforts to match @BTS_twt tremendous donation," the WWE star tweeted. 

Kali Uchis

Back in May, Kali Uchis shared that she donated $1,000 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

Michael Jordan

The famous basketball player and his team at Jordan Brand announced they will be donating $100 million to "organizations dedicated to ensuring racial inequality, social justice and greater access to education," over the next 10-years. "Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all," he said in a previous statement

Kanye West

The rapper donated $2 million in relation to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. West also set up a college savings fund to cover tuition for Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. 

Angelina Jolie

The actress and humanitarian donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She shared in a statement, "Rights don't belong to any one group to give to another. Discrimination and impunity cannot be tolerated, explained away or justified. I hope we can come together as Americans to address the deep structural wrongs in our society. I stand with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in their fight for racial equality, social justice, and their call for urgent legislative reform."

Michael Bublé

On June 3, the singer announced he would match any donations to the ACLU up to $100,000. 

Megan Thee Stallion

The rapper donated more than $10,000 to the Restoring Justice organization. 


The singer has supported various causes including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Reclaim The Block, the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Black Visions and Black Lives Matter. "My initial contributions are $100,000 to the various organizations I have included," Halsey shared. "I encourage you and my peers to contribute whatever you can. Every amount counts!!!!!"


In an Instagram Story, the rapper revealed his donation of $100,000 to the National Bail Out fund. 

Ellen DeGeneres

"I am making a donation to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the @NAACP_LDF, @BlkLivesMatter and the @ACLU in support of them, and I hope you will join me if you are able," the talk show host shared on Twitter. "#BlackLivesMatter." 

Harry Styles

"I'm donating to help post bail for arrested organizers. Look inwards, educate yourself and others," the "Adore You" singer shared on social media. "LISTEN, READ, SHARE, DONATE and VOTE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BLACK LIVES MATTER." 

Chrissy Teigen

"In celebration of whatever the f--k maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country," the Cravings author shared on Twitter before raising her donation to $200,000. 

Seth Rogen

After the actor revealed he matched "and then much more" a donation for the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a chain of donations began from actors like Steve Carell, Ben Schwartz and Don Cheadle. 

Stephanie Beatriz

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star revealed on Twitter that she chose to donate $11,000 to the #FreeThemAll Emergency Response Fund due to her role as detective Rosa Diaz on the police comedy.

J.J. Abrams

Bad Robot Productions and the Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation announced charitable donations to a number of organizations "committed to anti-racist agendas." They also announced a pledge of $10 million over five years to various organizations.

Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds

The Hollywood couple donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an organization that strives for racial justice by making structural changes to expand democracy and eliminate disparities through litigation, advocacy and public education. 

David Dobrik

"Feeling the energy of fellow humans demanding to be acknowledged, heard and respected was OVERWHELMINGLY impactful. Even though I will never be able to fully understand the struggles of black people in our society, I am proud to stand with the Black Lives atter movement and want to do my part by donating $50,000 to organisations that help the movement," the YouTube star shared online

Janelle Monae

The singer matched a $1,000 donation to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, made by rapper Noname. Kehlani, G-Eazy and Cynthia Nixon soon followed. 


The band announced on social media that they were donating $25,000 to Black Lives Matter Nashville, Campaign Zero and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Weeknd

The Grammy winner donated a total of $500,000 to various causes including National Bail Out, The Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative and the Black Lives Matter Global Network. 

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