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Black Lives Matters Brought in $90 Million in 2020, but Local Chapters See Little of That Money

Black Lives Matters Brought in $90 Million in 2020, but Local Chapters See Little of That Money

The foundation said it scrapes by, but the local chapters know better.

The Black Lives Matters Global Network Foundation finally revealed its finances for the first time since its inception eight years ago.

The nonprofit raised $90 million in 2020. However, it faces a revolt from local chapters because they claim they see little of that money.

The group came back to prominence after George Floyd’s death in May:

The foundation said it committed $21.7 million in grant funding to official and unofficial BLM chapters, as well as 30 Black-led local organizations. It ended 2020 with a balance of more than $60 million, after spending nearly a quarter of its assets on the grant funds and other charitable giving.

In its report, the BLM foundation said individual donations via its main fundraising platform averaged $30.76. More than 10% of the donations were recurring. The report does not state who gave the money in 2020, and leaders declined to name prominent donors.

Last year, the foundation’s expenses were approximately $8.4 million — that includes staffing, operating and administrative costs, along with activities such as civic engagement, rapid response and crisis intervention.

The foundation formed a sister network, BLM Grassroots. Its chapters and other local organizations “became eligible for financial resources through a $12 million grant fund.”

Local chapters expressed frustration last fall due to the national organization’s lack of support. However:

Although there are many groups that use “Black Lives Matter” or “BLM” in their names, less than a dozen are currently considered affiliates of the chapter network.

According to foundation records shared with the AP, several chapters, including in the cities of Washington, Philadelphia and Chicago, were notified last year of their eligibility to receive $500,000 each in funding under a multiyear agreement. Only one BLM group in Denver has signed the agreement and received its funds in September.

In November, 10 chapters, known as #BLM10, sent a letter to the foundation to reject its funding offer. They demanded transparency with their funds.

The leaders claim the foundation recognizes “a few of the 10 chapters.”

The local chapters want more transparency:

In a letter released Nov. 30, the #BLM10 claimed most chapters have received little to no financial resources from the BLM movement since its launch in 2013. That has had adverse consequences for the scope of their organizing work, local chapter leaders told the AP.

The chapters are simply asking for an equal say in “this thing that our names are attached to, that they are doing in our names,” said April Goggans, organizer of Black Lives Matter DC, which is part of the #BLM10 along with groups in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, San Diego, Hudson Valley, New York, and elsewhere.

“We are BLM. We built this, each one of us,” she said.

Since 2016, the foundation sent amounts between $800 and $69,000 to the chapters. The local leaders “said the amounts given have been far from equitable when compared to how much BLM has raised over the years.”

Co-founder Patricia Cullors tried to explain her way out of it by claiming the foundation was “often scraping for money, and this year was the first year we were resourced in the way we deserved to be.”

But the #BLM10 pointed out that is not how the BLM foundation portrayed itself to the public. Superstars like Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Prince poured money into the movement.

They have a point. The Daily Caller reported in June:

The national arm of Black Lives Matter spent millions on consultants, travel and compensation for its own staff between July 2017 and June 2019, according to audited financial statements prepared by its fiscal sponsor, Thousand Currents.

BLM Global Network spent $899,000 on travel, $1.6 million on consulting and $2.1 million on personnel costs during its 2017, 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, the financial statements show, together comprising 83.3% of its total spending during the three year period. BLM Global Network granted $328,000 to outside organizations, which include local BLM chapters, during that same time frame, a figure that represents about 6% of its total spending.


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White Lives Matter brought in zero, yet conservatives gave 100 times more to charity than liberals. Even waitresses can tell you who gives better tips.

“The local chapters want more transparency” Translation: they want more of the free pie.

    As long as the local chapters are still “drinking the Kool-Aid”, there won’t be any “transparency”

    JusticeDelivered in reply to UserP. | February 25, 2021 at 11:58 am

    BLM = black con artists matter more that black lives.

    n.n in reply to UserP. | February 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Not to mention unprecedented reparations in blood and treasure to end slavery and stand up to diversity. It’s an American thing: Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, without discriminating for color, sex, gender, height, girth, and age.

There is good money to be made in being a racist!

    In 1911, Booker T. Washington wrote:

    There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Neo. | February 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      White and Asian grievances trump black grievances, we need to balance the scale by making everything race neutral. That would fix their wagons.

    JOHN B in reply to mailman. | February 25, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Asking them to account for what they did with the money is racist.

    We should just trust BLM to “Do the right thing.”

Can you believe these #BLM10 are demanding “equity” ?
.. perhaps even “equality”

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Neo. | February 25, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    A very large percentage are simply mentality incapable of achieving equality. The same applies to a fairly large number of whites.

They used the Clinton Charity distribution system. Line your pockets first and if there is any leftover you didn’t take enough.

The local chapters aren’t going to grift for free. The locals should just extort the national chapter like they tried to do to businesses in my city.

smalltownoklahoman | February 25, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Gee what a shock. Dem charities = slush funds so of course a lot of the money gets diverted away from it’s supposed purposes!

The Friendly Grizzly | February 25, 2021 at 1:03 pm

-shrug- No different from any of hundreds of “nonprofits”.

/Is American Atheists a non-prophet?

Grrr8 American | February 25, 2021 at 1:22 pm

Apparently a lot of the money was funneled to ActBlue:

BLM is a Marxist front group, with ties to the CCP:

I would submit all part of the CCP and Globalist “color revolution” to remove the duly (re)elected President of the United States, and install the CCP-puppet “Biden-Harris Junta”:

The infighting and destruction from within has begun.

Think about it. Internally these places are shit shows with the worst sorts of organizational behavior.

There is no unity among anarchists. They self destruct. That is their nature.

Biggest graft cash cow of the Leftists ever had

Some, Select Black Live Matter

The ddiversity racket is a for-profit corporate subsidiary of the trillion dollar sociopolitical complex. #BabyLivesMatter(BLM)

Licoln Project School of money management

I if set up an organization and left wingers gave me $90 MM so that they could feel good about themselves, I’d party like its 1999. No was I would pass on more than 1% to local groups.