A newly announced partnership with a Bay Area 501(c)(3) public charity will allow the multifaceted and diffuse Black Lives Matter movement, technically a chapter-based global organization, to receive grants and tax-deductible gifts and donations: The International Development Exchange (IDEX) writes on its website that it now "provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to BLM." The Associated Press reports that IDEX has been involved with Black Lives Matter since November and has now entered into a contractual partnership running though mid-2017 at least.
Black Lives Matter, a movement whose meaning and reach is vast, was founded with the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. “We’ve connected people across the country working to end the various forms of injustice impacting Black people. We’ve created space for the celebration and humanization of Black lives,” says Alicia Garza, who along with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi is credited as a Black Lives Matter founder. With regard to the IDEX arrangement, Garza explains hat “We needed to partner with an organization who can support us as we build these connections on a global scale.”
IDEX was founded 30 years ago to "foster people-to-people grantmaking and solidarity" — specifically, according to the charity's website, "IDEX partners with funders and donors to provide flexible small grants to effective, locally-based organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America led by women, youth and indigenous leaders, partnering with them for 3 to 10 years."The movement's work with IDEX is still nascent, IDEX Executive Director Rajasvini Bhansali concedes to the AP: “We completely understand the network is in its baby stages, and it’s going to take some years."
The international nature of the charity with which Black Lives Matter activists have chosen to work appears consequential: Though BLM may appear rooted in an American history of race, BLM is a global movement, and its organizers appear to fervently believe in its global lessons and implications. Relatedly, "BLM and IDEX are working together to provide funding for IDEX partners in Africa," IDEX reveals,and instead of paying IDEX for handling their finances, "BLM has agreed to make a donation in support of IDEX’s grassroots partners in Zimbabwe and South Africa in lieu of an administrative fee for IDEX’s support."