By Ann Brown
Facing growing criticism about a lack of transparency about its finances, the Black Lives Matter (BM) has opened up its books.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, started in 2013 by community activists Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, took in just over $90 million in 2020, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with the Associated Press.
The increased donations were due to growing awareness about the group following the global BLM protests sparked by the May 25, 2020 police killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Garza and Tometi have since split from the group.
The foundation said it is in the process of creating an infrastructure to handle the increase in donations. It said it will use its endowment to expand its scope.
“We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death,” the foundation said in an impact report shared with AP. “We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving.”
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