Colin Kaepernick Is Finishing His $1 Million Pledge With Some Help From His Friends

He'll donate to 10 charities over 10 days.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has announced plans to finish his pledge to donate $1 million "to organizations working in oppressed communities." The current free agent began the donations in October 2016, and he shared in a Twitter video that the final $100,000 will be divided among 10 charities over 10 days.


But Kaepernick isn't doing it alone. "I asked some of my friends what organizations I should donate to," he explained in the video, adding that the first suggestion comes from Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors. Durant will match Kaepernick's $10,000 donation to Silicon Valley De-Bug, a San Jose organization which Kaepernick said "advocates for criminal justice reform and police accountability."

According to the Washington Post, De-Bug previously received a $25,000 donation from Kaepernick at the start of his pledge. "KD, thank you so much, brother, for continuing to uplift and empower our communities," Kaepernick said to Durant in the video.

Kaepernick will reveal a new donation every day, with one reportedly coming from Durant's teammate Stephen Curry. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Kaepernick and Curry will both donate $10,000 to United Playaz, a San Francisco-based "violence prevention and youth development organization" with which Curry has previously worked.

"That opportunity to donate and rally around what Kaepernick stands for and his mission to better his community with financial resources is huge," Curry said of his participation in the pledge, according to the Mercury News. "I think it's a small gesture we all can do."

While still with the 49ers, Kaepernick began sitting — and then kneeling — during the national anthem to protest police brutality. The gesture later inspired the #TakeAKnee movement, as other NFL players followed his lead. Previous donations in his $1 million pledge have gone to Meals on Wheels and 100 Suits for 100 Men.

Last December, Kaepernick received the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. "We all have an obligation," he said in his speech, "no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised."

More From A Plus


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.