NAACP to tap board members, trustees for $500,000

November 03, 1994|By James Bock | James Bock,Sun Staff Writer

Scrounging for cash, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has asked its directors and trustees to donate $5,000 each to its coffers and said it would meet with corporations that have withheld annual gifts totaling $1 million.

Earl T. Shinhoster, interim senior administrator, told a news conference at NAACP headquarters in Northwest Baltimore that the organization has set a fund-raising goal of $93,000 a day between now and the end of the year.

Mr. Shinhoster said the NAACP has been taking in only $13,000 a day. He said the fund-raising goal of $93,000 was to meet daily expenses of $45,000, while realizing an extra $48,000 a day to begin to paying off a nearly $4 million deficit.

The NAACP has 64 directors on its board and 62 trustees of its Special Contribution Fund, including about a dozen who sit on both boards. If all board members gave the requested $5,000, the NAACP could take in more than $500,000.

NAACP officials plan to meet with 22 corporations that have fTC withheld their annual gifts. Mr. Shinhoster said he did not know why the companies haven't paid.

The NAACP has been beset by controversy over its leadership. The board dismissed its then-executive director, the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., in August after learning of his secret deal to pay a fired aide up to $332,400 of NAACP funds when she threatened a sexual-harassment lawsuit.

Recently, board Chairman William F. Gibson has denied allegations that he spent NAACP money extravagantly and improperly took reimbursement for expenses already charged to the NAACP.

In a statement issued yesterday, Dr. Gibson pledged not to accept any reimbursements for expenses while 88 staff members are on unpaid furlough until Nov. 14.

Mr. Shinhoster said the NAACP would establish a fund to provide loans to cover the household expenses of the staff members. A statement distributed at the news conference said loans would be limited to $300 per employee.

In other fund-raising moves, he said the NAACP was asking its 2,200 units to raise at least $1,000 for the national office in the next 60 days and also to lend NAACP headquarters money, to be repaid by the end of 1995.

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