Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, 38, has an interesting and revealing view of federal laws that require charities to show donors how they spend donated funds.
She feels “triggered.”
The specific item that triggers Cullors is the IRS Form 990. This is used to, among other things, promote compliance for tax-exempt organizations and make their expenditures publicly known. Something that an honorable charitable group finds worthwhile. As opposed to triggering.
But Cullors, who was interviewed about her new literary masterpiece, “An Abolitionist’s Handbook,” last month, says she’s “like, ugh.” She told a Washington state audience that charitable laws are “literally weaponized against us.” This, she complained, results in “burnout” that in turn creates “deep resistance and trauma.”
This trauma largely resulted from New York Magazine’s exposure last month of BLM’s purchase of a nearly $6 million mansion in California. The property, which defenders tout will be used for a “creator’s space,” features over 6,500 square feet, six bedrooms, several fireplaces and a pool. And parking for 20.
Cullors, who resigned in 2021 amidst a whirlwind of scrutiny over personal real estate purchases, says she is not alone. In fact, she reports being approached by numerous activists worried about 990 forms and being asked to reveal them.
As required by law.
Of course, the “triggering” may be the result of Washington state ordering the group to “immediately cease all fundraising there. Perhaps it’s the California Department of Justice’s investigation into BLM fundraising.
Or possibly revelations that the group took in $60 million in donations that the state says leaders may be held “personally responsible for.” Most normal folks would find that triggering. Then again, most normal folks do not get $60 million in donations and use $6 million to snag a mansion.
As Inside Charity, a national organization dedicated to best practices for nonprofits says, transparency is a gift, not a trigger. It produces good decisions and right choices.
Those “triggered” by transparency are those who take in donations from the gullible by the wheelbarrow-load and want no accountability. They claim to want justice and societal change, when the real end game is simply greed.