His son’s death was a major catalyst for the movement, as well as the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is viewed as an important pillar of the movement as well. After George Floyd passed away in Minneapolis this summer, marches became more and more commonplace.
Celebrities wanted to make sure that people knew they were down for the cause. The founders of the aforementioned foundation now want to pivot away from these deadly marches and focus on more important things. The Associated Press has more on the organization’s response to the release of the impact report.
“We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,” reads an impact report the foundation shared with the AP before releasing it.
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.
Today our co-founder, #Ferguson frontline organizer @VanguardTNT alongside #MikeBrown's father demands 20 million from #BlackLivesMatter in order to continue the work they and other have been doing since the uprising since 2014. pic.twitter.com/4rDA28ZKnB
— TheIBFA (@THEIBFA) March 2, 2021
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 AP reports.
This is the first financial statement of any kind that they have released to the general public. However, this is not the first time that there have been questions about how funding is used. Their grassroots leaders and national leadership have tangled in the past because there is not nearly enough accountability.
The International Black Freedom Alliance has joined with Mr. Brown to ask where the money has gone. They are asking for $20 million to support Ferguson activists in the present day. The New York Post has more: “We’re not asking for a handout, but for the funding to keep the movement strong where it began,” said Tory Russell, a Ferguson activist and co-founder of the International Black Freedom Alliance.
— TheIBFA (@THEIBFA) March 4, 2021
The funds in Ferguson would be used in part to build a community center in honor of Michael Brown, the press release said.” This paints a very clear picture of what is expected here. According to Michael Brown, Sr., he has only received $500 from the BLM organization since his son passed away. Russell is taking the organization to task for this.
“According to the Twitter thread, Brown Sr. has only received $500 from any BLM affiliated group since his son’s 2014 killing, despite being a community figure who organizes and supports other families in healing and empowerment.
Russell, who co-founded the International Black Freedom Alliance appeared next to Brown Sr. in a video expanding on their official statement. The IBFA released a series of images and videos via Twitter that clarifies their mission and their reasoning for asking BLM to provide the money.
“On behalf of many activists in the St. Louis area, I’m joined by Mike Brown Sr., the father of Mike Brown Jr. Today, we hold Black Lives Matter accountable,” Russell announced in the video,” the Grio reports.
The demand has yet to be met and it makes one wonder what this father has been doing all of these years. He’s got a lot of name recognition in his community and could easily raise money for all sorts of wonderful causes. If we had to guess, he is going to be left wanting.