7 laid off at NAACP in bid to reduce deficit

October 12, 1994|By James Bock | James Bock,Sun Staff Writer

The deficit-plagued NAACP has laid off seven employees and expects to have cut spending by $500,000 by the end of this year, officials said yesterday.

Earl T. Shinhoster, the NAACP's interim senior administrator, said three employees at the civil rights group's Northwest Baltimore headquarters and four staff members elsewhere have lost their jobs.

"It is not over yet," he warned. The NAACP is $3.8 million in debt, sources say, and the group's chairman, Dr. William F. Gibson, faces allegations that he misused organization funds and spent extravagantly on travel. The group's 64-member board is to receive a report on the NAACP's financial state at a meeting Saturday in Baltimore.

Mr. Shinhoster has been in charge of restoring the NAACP's fiscal health since Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. was fired Aug. 20. He said other austerity measures include unpaid two-week furloughs for all employees earning more than $22,000 a year; reassignment of a handful of staff members to lower-paying jobs; and a freeze on most staff travel.

The firing of Dr. Chavis, whose salary was $200,000 a year, and three top aides alone would save the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People $450,000 a year until they are replaced.

On the income side, a group of black ministers donated $20,000 to the NAACP yesterday and pledged to solicit both church and corporate support for the organization.

Bishop Clarence Carr of the AME Zion Church, one of 16 religious leaders who met with NAACP leaders here, said the group reaffirmed its "belief in the integrity and moral purpose of the NAACP."

Bishop Carr said the leaders recommended that major denominations be represented on the NAACP board.

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