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Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
September 2022

 
CharityWatch Grade
 

Contact Information

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
3655 South Grande Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90003

Other Names

BLMGNF

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2021

*Why a Question Mark Rating?

CharityWatch currently has concerns about this organization and/or is unable to provide complete rating information due to the organization's nondisclosure of financial information. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.


Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
does not meet governance benchmarks.
 
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Kailee Scales Past Managing Director $139,625
1
Name: Kailee Scales
Title: Past Managing Director
Compensation: $139,625

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch has issued a rating of "?" to Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), which indicates that we have specific concerns about the organization's financial reporting. Specifically, BLMGNF's lack of an independent governing body and its multiple related party transactions during the reporting year cause CharityWatch to question if the charity's financial reporting can be relied upon for purposes of assessing how efficiently the charity raised and spent public dollars during its fiscal year 2021. 

For the financial period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, BLMGNF reports that its board of directors consisted of only one person, Patrisse Cullors, Founder & Executive Director. The number of governing body "voting members...who are independent" is reported as zero (IRS Form 990, Part VII, Section A and Part VI, Section A, lines 1a & 1b).


According to the BLMGNF consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 8, Related Party Transactions):

"During the year ended June 30, 2021, BLMGNF entered into the following transactions with related parties:

  • At June 30, 2021, BLMGNF recorded a receivable for travel and other expense reimbursements due from the Executive Director totaling $73,523. 
  • A sibling of the Executive Director owned a security and protection company, which was paid $840,993 for security services during the year ended June 30, 2021. 
  • A related party to the Executive Director of BLMGNF was a board member of M4BJ operating as Black Lives Matter Canada, which was granted $8,024,626 during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. 
  • BLMGNF received unconditional, unrestricted grants totaling $69,164,086 from Thousand Currents, a 501(c)(3) organization which formerly acted as the fiscal sponsor of BLMGNF."

With respect to the $73,523 "receivable for travel and other expense reimbursements due from the Executive Director" cited above, the BLMGNF fiscal 2021 tax filing reports: "This was not a loan; includes other receivables for travel & reimbursements." It also reports: "Charter travel for the Executive Director was incurred due to security threats and during the COVID pandemic. This travel was for organizational purposes. The expenditure was voluntarily reimbursed subsequent to year end" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part V). In addition, there was no written agreement in place re: the $73,523, and the transactions were not approved by a board or committee, according to the tax form reporting (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part II).

With respect to the $840,993 paid "for security services" cited above, the BLMGNF fiscal 2021 tax filing reports this as a business transaction involving interested persons involving Paul Cullors of Cullors Protection LLC. The transaction is described as: "Professional security services;" the "Relationship between interested person and the organization" is described as: "Family member of Founder & Executive Director" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V).


BLMGNF is currently named as a co-Defendant in a lawsuit filed by Plaintiff, Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Inc. (BLM Grassroots). BLM Grassroots is suing BLMGNF, along with a leader of the Foundation, Shalomyah Bowers, and Mr. Bowers' consulting firm, for allegedly "syphoning" millions of dollars in donations from BLMGNF into his own "personal piggy bank" (Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Inc. v. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc., et al., Complaint, ¶1). The suit also alleges that Bowers, who was hired by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors to help operate BLMGNF and aid in its transition to BLM Grassroots, did not follow the transition plan set up by Cullors. (Bowers is the BLMGNF officer that, as Board Secretary, signed the BLMGNF IRS Form 990 tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. His signature is dated May 13, 2022.)


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