In 2020 alone, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation garnered over $90 million in donations. According to the New York Post, by the end of the year, the foundation had a balance of approximately $60 million, with at least $8.4 million spent “on undefined expenses and costs.” The organization had claimed to be sending local chapters $21.7 million.
However, a local chapter named #BLM10, which is located chiefly in New Jersey, claimed that BLMGNF lacked financial transparency. In an open letter penned by #BLM10, a spokesperson for the groups wrote, “To the best of our knowledge, most chapters have received little to no financial support from BLMGNF since (its launch) 2013.”
In addition, not only have local chapters criticized BLMGNF, but they, along with families of African Americans killed by police have voiced their disagreement with the organization; they’ve also demanded that BLMGNF disperse donated monies to the black community.
This week, Amazon’s charity website, AmazonSmile, suspended the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation from its list of approved charities, citing questions about the national head of the organization’s financial transparency. AmazonSmile still lists local chapters of the Black Lives Matter nonprofit, but now BLMGN is no longer listed on the site. AmazonSmile donates 0.5 percent of customer purchases to a list of designated nonprofits.
An Amazon spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “States have rules for nonprofits, and organizations participating in AmazonSmile need to meet those rules.”
Earlier this month, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation suspended all online fundraising. The organization was given demands by local attorneys general in both California and Washington state regarding delinquent financial disclosures for the year 2020. The Washington Examiner originally broke this news as it involved local attorneys general. However, further research has shown that Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is out of compliance in multiple states, including not only California and Washington, but also New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, Maine and Connecticut.
A 2020 impact report for the umbrella organization, Black Lives Matter, which includes BLMGNF as well as BLM PAC and BLM Grassroots, lists funding given to local chapters; however, only eleven chapters are listed as receiving funds. Further financial information shows that a great deal of money went to groups affiliated with civil rights, but not necessarily those fighting for the rights of black Americans.
Adding to the controversy surrounding BLMGNF include the fact that for at least one year, the organization has no chief executive. Former CEO Patrisse Cullors left the position in May 2021 after her personal finances were criticized. Although Cullors appointed two others to serve in the position, neither of them took the office. This information was not made public until September of last year.
Perhaps the most galling of financial issues has to do with the allegation that Patrisse Cullors bought four homes with a total value of $3.2 million. One home in Ingelwood is work $510,000 alone.
Since Cullors left last May, the organization can name no definitive leader in an executive position.
Now that AmazonSmile has removed Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation from its list of approved charities, the organization says it is dedicated to getting the issue of financial transparency under control. According to a spokesperson for BLMGNF, who spoke with Fox News Digital, “We (at BLMGNF) take these matters seriously and have taken immediate action . . .We have engaged with a compliance counsel to address any issues related to state fundraising compliance.” The spokesperson further related that BLMGNF had shut down its online fundraising in order to get control of financial issues and to make sure that the organization is compliant as a nonprofit.
Even so, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has yet to show efforts to meet compliance in a multitude of states, including New Jersey and Virginia.