EDITOR’S NOTE: As we were posting this article we received even more disturbing news, that “half of 2019 donations to ActBlue came from untraceable ‘unemployed’ donors”… As you will see below, ACT BLUE is the non-profit handling all donations for BLM…
By Edward Boyle
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLM-GNF) was established in 2013 and operates as a 501(c)(3)organization.
In 2016 the foundation entered into a fiscal sponsorship agreement to pay Thousand Currents, also a 501(c)(3) organization, to provide support for BLM-GNF’s finances, accounting, grants management, insurance, and human resources. Thousand Currents applauds those who agree that “capitalism has failed and market-based solutions are not viable.” Convicted felon Susan Rosenberg holds a seat on its board of directors. Included among Thousand Current’s donors are Apple, Oracle, Chevron, MacArthur Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, and NoVo Foundation. In 2016-2017 Warren Buffet donated $322 million in shares of stock to NoVo Foundation.
The following identifies the founders of BLM-GNF and its core values.
Founders. Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opel Tomita. BLM-GNF is a “Black queer, women, and youth-led movement.”
Mission. “To eradicate White supremacy and build power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes through its educational and charitable activities.”
Inherent Right. “We have an inherent right to access healing and be free of institutions and systems that explicitly harm and undermine our capacity to live our full humanity, connection, and purpose.”
Promise. “Our fight for liberty, justice, and freedom continues. Together we can – and will – transform. This is the revolution. Change is coming.”
Ideology. Liberation theology.
Organization. Thirteen U.S. affiliated chapters in Boston, Chicago, D.C., Denver, Detroit, Lansing, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, and South Bend.
Liberation Icons. Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Bobby Seale, Rosa Parks, Che Guevara, Harriet Tubman, Black Panthers, Angela Davis, Stokeley Carmichael, Harry Belafonte, and others.
Financial Support. In 2020 BLM-GNF announced that $6.5 million had been received from donors to “support grassroots organizing work … Starting July 1, 2020, affiliated chapters may apply for unrestricted grant funding of up to $500,000 in multi-year grants.” According to its independent auditor’s FY 2019 report, Thousand Currents released $1.8 million in donor-restricted assets to BLM-GNF. This restricted-assets arrangement affords any donor to Thousand Currents some measure of plausible deniability regarding donations designated for BLM-GNF.
In 2016 the Ford foundation promised to “provide long-term support to the Movement for Black Lives … maintain a movement of young black women and men who …seek to realize the promise of equality and justice for all. That is what democracy needs to function…” Also in 2016 W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $900,000 grant to Thousand Currents citing the need to back efforts by #BlackLivesMatter “… to support and strengthen their local chapters’ organizing capacity.”
What We Need. “Our communities are underemployed. We overwhelmingly lack adequate, accessible safe housing. We do not receive sufficient resources for education and other social services. … Black women have alarmingly high maternal mortality and morbidity rates … our communities continue to suffer from high rates of diabetes and other preventable diseases.”