The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) announced via tweet Monday that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds would match donations of up to $ 1 million in a “Democracy Building Challenge.”
Funds are to be split between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and NAACP LDF, and donations will be matched until Oct. 8, according to the tweet.
LDF is extremely grateful to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds for matching all freebies up to $ 1,000,000 split between LDF and @ACLU until October 8. Their generosity comes at a critical time for our democracy. Join them by sending 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 today announced a $ 1M grant, split between us and our friends at @NAACP_LDF, to support the work of protecting our democracy.
If you share their commitment to racial justice and systemic equality, join them today.
– ACLU (@ACLU) September 20, 2021
In 2019, Lively and Reynolds donated $ 1 million to the DFL to help migrant children separated from their families, and in 2020 they again donated to the organization following the murder of George Floyd.
The celebrity couple have already made charitable donations to other causes, including fighting hunger and helping homeless and trafficked youth.
They were criticized last summer for hosting their wedding at a former plantation in South Carolina and said they would “still be deeply and wholeheartedly sorry” for the decision.
The LDF website for submitting donations says matches will be made up to $ 500,000, although this may account for the 50-50 split with the ACLU. The Hill contacted the NAACP LDF for more information.