Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds matching gifts to Legal Defense Fund, ACLU
The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund (LDF) announced via tweet Monday that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds would match donations up to $1 million as part of a “Democracy Building Challenge.”
The funds are to be split between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the NAACP LDF, and donations will be matched through Oct. 8, the tweet said.
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
The ACLU also tweeted about the partnership.
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
In 2019, Lively and Reynolds made a $1 million donation to the LDF to help migrant children who were separated from their families, and, in 2020, they again donated to the organization in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
The celebrity couple has previously made charitable matching donations to other causes including fighting hunger and helping homeless, trafficked young people.
They were criticized last summer for holding their wedding at a former plantation in South Carolina and said they will “always be deeply and unreservedly sorry” for the decision.
The LDF’s website to submit donations says that matches will be made up to $500,000, though it’s possible this is taking into account the 50-50 split with the ACLU. The Hill has reached out to the NAACP LDF for more information.
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