The Black Lives Matter movement rioted all over America in 2020, causing at least 37 deaths, hundreds of injuries, and over a billion worth of property damage. However, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation [BLMGNF] Inc. raked in huge amounts of money. Primarily collected through online donations at the Black Lives Matter website.
BLMGNF Inc., a registered 501c3, is the non-profit arm of Black Lives Matter Global Network.
IRS Form 990 for 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:
Grants: $25,997,945 (Primarily went to LGBTQ groups, see below)
Other Expenses: $11,055,151
Net Assets: $41,934,688
IRS Form 990 for 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022:
Other Expenses: $17,048,810
Net Assets: $30,205,020
A new group called Black Lives Matter Grassroots has filed a lawsuit against BLMGNF, accusing the group of fraud, conversion, unjust enrichment, and unfair business practices. They accuse the current executive secretary, Shalomyah Bowels, of staging a hostile take-over of the group from grassroots activists and then paying himself million in consulting fees.
Black Lives Matter Global Network was founded in 2013 by three women, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, with the stated goal of “Black Liberation.” A goal that they re-affirm in their new report. Most people who actually participate in BLM activities have no idea who these women even are.
Patrisse Cullors is a lesbian woman who advocates Marxist Critical Theory. She is married to Janaya Khan, who is employed by the far-left organization Color of Change.
Alicia Garza identifies as a “queer Jewish woman.” She is married to Malachi Garza, a transsexual who runs a Black/Latino trans advocacy group called “Brown Boi Project.”
Opal Tometi was born in Nigeria before her family immigrated to the United States. She previously worked for Black Alliance for Just Immigration, which advocates for open borders.
BLMGNF released a 2020 Impact Report that states they raised $90 million, spent $8.9 million on operating expenses, and gave out $21.7 million in grants. They also stated that they had corporate partnerships with Hamilton: The Musical and Sprite (A subsidiary of Coca-Cola).
The $21.7 million, disbursed as grants, went to thirty-three different groups. The report says “23 of them are led by Black LGBTQIA folks and/or directly serve these communities.” They say each of these groups received at least over $100k each.
Since raising $90 million in 2020, the group has purchased lavish properties in Los Angeles and Toronto costing roughly $12 million. Co-founder Patrisse Cullors has also purchased millions in personal real estate and hired private security for her properties.
According to Newsweek, BLMGNF has also spent $1.6 million for “bodyguard services” from two companies owned by Patrisse Cullors’ brother, Paul Cullors. He was also given a salary of $124,702 to be “head of security.”
BLMGNF paid $969,000 to Trap Heals, an art company run by Patrisse Cullors’ son Doman Turner. Other companies that received large payments are said to be run by close friends of Cullors.
Cullors stepped down as executive director in 2021 due to controversies.