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A number of charitable organizations are seeing an unprecedented rise in donations following the elections on Tuesday. The Sierra Club said by the end of the day on Friday it had added more monthly donors in the three days since the election than it had in all of 2015. The environmental nonprofit also raised $110,000 in less than 24 hours after appealing to supporters — the most from a single email in its history
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards called the outpouring of support “unprecedented” in a report from Time, which said that the organization has received nearly 80,000 donations, many of them in Vice President–elect Mike Pence’s name, as a means of speaking out against a controversial anti-abortion law he passed. According to Cosmopolitan, women are sending their receipts from the donations to his office in Indianapolis.
Time also reported that the ACLU’s donation page crashed on Wednesday as people flooded to their site after the organization released a powerful statement about Trump’s election. Contributions to the organization increased by 7,000% and they have collected “roughly 120,000 donations totaling more than $7.2 million,” according to the Atlantic.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement that they are seeing a “fiftyfold increase in donations,” according to Time.
During the season finale of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Oliver presented viewers with numerous organizations they could give money to in order to help fight against Trump’s priorities, including the National Resources Defense Council and International Refugee Assistance Project, according to Time.
The NAACP does not release numbers on membership and donations, but said it has seen an increase in interest in membership and donations over the past week, both online and over the phone, according to Forbes. It says it also saw a surge in membership (which includes a $30 fee) leading up to the election, with thousands of new members joining over the summer and during the run-up to the election.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an American Muslim advocacy group, said it has witnessed an influx of volunteers since Trump was elected, seeing a burst of more than 500 volunteer applications online since Tuesday, according to Forbes.