More funds coming in to NAACP, but officials say it's not enough

November 23, 1994|By James Bock | James Bock,Sun Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- With NAACP officials weighing employee layoffs, the civil rights group's interim senior administrator said yesterday that more money is coming in, but not fast enough.

Earl T. Shinhoster said the NAACP is receiving about $30,000 a day, more than double the revenue of three months ago, but was still short of the $45,000 a day he said it takes to keep NAACP operations at full strength.

"While our income stream is certainly on the incline, I don't want to paint too rosy a picture," Mr. Shinhoster said.

Most employees of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, including Mr. Shinhoster, are completing a monthlong unpaid furlough this week. The interim management team must decide how many staff members to call back to work Monday.

"We . . . will have to do more with less -- more with less personnel," Mr. Shinhoster said. No decisions had been made about staff cuts, he said.

Mr. Shinhoster made the remarks after a group of nearly two dozen black church leaders said at a news conference that they would raise $5 million for the Baltimore-based civil rights group.

"We are confident that the NAACP has moved to restore the fiscal integrity of its operations and has significantly strengthened its administrative and management systems," said Bishop Frank Ellis, chairman of the Church of God in Christ's general assembly. He spoke on the group's behalf.

Mr. Shinhoster called the church the "bedrock institution" of black America. He said the NAACP was working to get support from other groups, including black athletes and entertainers.

No specific fund-raising goals or deadlines were announced. Mr. Shinhoster said each church group would decide how and when to raise money for the NAACP.

Bishop Milton A. Williams, president of the A.M.E. Zion board of bishops, said, "We almost tremble when we think of those who have even suggested the NAACP may be near its end. It is not. . . . We will rally the whole church to deliver significant financial support."

The NAACP faces a deficit of nearly $4 million. Its financial crisis, which became public six months ago, was aggravated when an internal struggle led to the firing of Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. as executive director in August.

More recently, board Chairman William F. Gibson has faced allegations of extravagant spending of NAACP funds. He denies any wrongdoing.

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