Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Derrick Johnson's slush fund gets bigger.

Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson is also the Executive Director of the non-profit organization One Voice.  One Voice got in trouble with the Mississippi Secretary of State two years ago as Mr. Johnson partied on the One Voice dime and treated its money as his own little slush fund.  He was fined $500 and One Voice was barred from operating until it complied with state law regulating charities and non-profits.   One Voice filed its tax return one year later and well, read the numbers for yourself.

Executive Director: Derrick Johnson
Salary: $125,000 and benefits.
Revenue: $2.2 million
Expenses: $2.15 million
Money spent on grants and similar amounts: $40,000
Salaries: $792,000
Employee benefits: $84,306
Payroll taxes: $59,782
Management: $620,222
Office expense: $109,683
Travel: $433,880
Conferences: $20,403

What is interesting is One Voice gave Mr. Johnson a $5,000 a year raise after he got the organization in trouble with the state and misspent One Voice funds on himself.  

Board: Safiya Omari, Edward Sivak, Gary Anderson, Alice Stamps

One Voice's website states:

Our Mission To enhance civic engagement in the formation of public policy through non-partisan leadership development, research support, base-building, and technical assistance for advocacy groups, associations, elected officials, and community-based organizations with the purpose of improving the quality of life for vulnerable and marginalized communities in the Southern region. Our Principles Building Community Awareness & Empowerment We build community awareness and empowerment by organizing civic institutions, raising the awareness of diverse constituencies, and participating in community, statewide, and regional coalitions that support and increase the capacity of local organizations. We create new opportunities for community engagement and activism by acting as a fiscal agent for local startup non-profits. Building Community Leadership The Leadership component of One Voice's programs develops the capacity of power and progressive community leadership. We assist local and state elected officials and non-profit leaders with identifying and implementing best practices through training, technical support, and opportunities to further their development as leaders and advocates.

Staff members are:
Shirley M. Mock, Assistant Director of Planning & Government Relations
Sherry Wright, Office & Program Coordinator
Ashley Shelton, One Voice Louisiana Director
April W. Brumfield, Esq., Deputy Louisiana Deputy Director and Staff Attorney
Nsombi Lambright, Director of Resource Development & Communications
Monica Taylor-McInnis, Digital/Print Media Specialist & Civic Engagement
Frank Figgers, Strategy Consultant
Cyd McKenna, Programs Consultant
Zakiya Summers, Events & Communications Director


Anonymous said...

The NAACP is corrupt? Shocking.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is riddled with employment agencies like One Voice.

Anonymous said...

What is the difference between management and salaries?

Anonymous said...

Derrick Johnson is a crook, just like his former Godfather in Hinds County - Robert Graham. The fact that he is ripping off the contributors to this so-called charity should be a surprise to no one.

Anonymous said...

What is the solution? Do they continue to operate as a non-profit? Will the IRS get them? Will they just incorporate in another state? Who is donating all this money? And, as an aside, who got the $40,000.00 grant?

Anonymous said...

Frank Figgers, strategy consultant? That's hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Wonder how much of the "revenue" is actually federal and state grant money from the taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

The article AND the comments are comical. Is there a point you were TRYING to make? One Voice appears to be no different than the Mississippi Center for Public Policy except they seem to be better in acquiring grants and donors. The fine for not completing the charitable registration form is minor and the fact that you're using it as your basis for this trivial article is juvenile. Perhaps you should try again. This time, try harder to actually find something.

Kingfish said...

because Forest Thigpen got caught going to Paris, blowing money on fancy meals and fined by the SOS as happened to Derrick Johnson. Right.

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