Read below a word-for-word transcript shared by Black Live Matter’s Co-Founder, Patrisse Cullors and activist Nikkita Oliver’s frustration with the IRS Form 990’s transparency requirements. Cullors and Oliver roped the United Way and ACLU (ON VIDEO) into a white supremacy racist attack against black-women-led organizations. They insist that 990 accountability has been weaponized against charities.
Nikkta Oliver: Here’s my first question. Have a new set of [Form 990] standards been unfairly placed upon [black-women-led organizations]? I want to know who’s digging into United Way’s 990s, who’s digging into these foundations who only give away 5% of their budgets a year. Who’s coming for our organizations that know we got money? Hello, ACLU. Y’all got money, but nobody’s asking for your 990s.
Patrisse Cullors: That’s right.
Nikkta Oliver: So this is an opportunity. Yes, it is a painful opportunity that comes at a cost to black-woman-led organizations being subjected to new standards.
Patrisse Cullors: That’s exactly right. It’s a good question. First of all, I didn’t [even] know what 990s were before all of this happened.
Nikkta Oliver: It’s confusing.
Patrisse Cullors: Part of the opportunity is to educate our folks. 990s are being weaponized against us. Many people don’t even know [what a 990 is] and honestly, they don’t care about [them].
Nikkta Oliver: I didn’t know about them until they started asking us for COVID-relief funds. I said, you need my 990s? Call the accountant!
Patrisse Cullors: Yeah, exactly. Yeah. The accountant handled that. It’s such a trip now to hear the word 990s I’m, like, ugh. It’s, like, triggering.
Nikkta Oliver: April 15th is next week.
Patrisse Cullors: Yo, but you know what, I feel like there’s many opportunities here. It’s important to talk about why our organizations get under attack first. Why are we the first ones to be challenged? I’m not at Black Lives Matter anymore. I left last year, but for a long time we weren’t a nonprofit on purpose. We took seven years to become an actual 501(c)3. And [ever since] we’ve been under attack.
Nikkta Oliver: And I think that’s why so many folks avoid the nonprofit industrial complex. Too often we get pushed or forced into a system that’s actually meant to attack us and limit the capacity and the reach of our work? I think we have to start questioning those institutions.
Patrisse Cullors: Exactly right. This 990 structure, this nonprofit system structure, is, like, deeply unsafe. Like, this is being literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with. I can’t tell you how many people are like, am I next? Like, are they going to do this to me? Morale in an organization is so important but if the organization and the people in it are being attacked [and everything they do is being scrutinized] that leads to deep burnout, that leads to deep, like, resistance and trauma. And so, I think that there is a misinformation effort to not just challenge Black Lives Matter but [make us] an experiment. If they win then it’s the next, black-led organization, the next black person who’s leading. It’s so important that we pay attention to what’s happening, and we don’t allow [them] to create infighting, to create distrust. We have to stop it. We have to stop it before they do it. We have to shut it down. We have to be showing up against it. We have to stand back and be like, Oh, this is how it works! Like, we, are literally the experiment right now.
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About the Author:
Bishop Redfern II, presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Church of Christ, is the founding Board Chair of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. He has been named by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as its Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year and United Way’s Alyce Kemp-Dewitt Award Winner. Redfern, has served as the Chief Executive Officer in a diverse array of companies worldwide. He is known for his innovative leadership and management skills and a track record of providing companies with the leadership, organizational and operational tools they require for sustained profitable growth.
Patrisse Cullors was further investigated by TIMCAST.COM: https://timcast.com/news/blm-tax-filing-reveals-millions-of-dollars-in-suspicious-spending/