BLUU Financial Transparency Group
As Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) transitions from being a project group of volunteers to an organization with staff, formed a Financial Transparency Group! The Organizing Collective (OC) of BLUU has decided to forego some of the typical and conventional structures of nonprofits including the traditional formation of a nonprofit Board of Directors. As such, we had the opportunity to create a modified structure that offers transparency, support, and community accountability as the Executive Director takes on the responsibility of forming an operational budget.
The goals of this group are:
To support transparency around financial expenditures and plans.
To help build trust within the BLUU community and the wider UU community.
To evaluate how the BLUU budget expenditures are matching up with the working goals of BLUU.
Financial decision-making responsibility regarding BLUU’s finances will remain with the OC. This Group provides thoughts, feedback and insights to the Executive Director, who will relay them to the OC and whose feedback and insights will be taken into account in decisions regarding funding allocation.
It will be our collectively held responsibility as BLUU OC, staff, and this Financial Transparency Group to be reporting on a regular basis back to our broader Black UU community and the wider UU community, as well, presenting our outcomes and giving a road map for what’s coming up next.
The current & founding members of the BLUU Financial Transparency Group
Ndidi Achebe has been a member of BLUU since its inception in 2015 and is a community activist and social change agent in her community on the west side of Dayton, Ohio. She is an active member of several local agencies and organizations that have the goal of improving the west side of Dayton visually, economically and politically. She is a member of the LGBTQ Health Initiative which will address the inequities faced by the LGBTQ community, Neighborhoods Over Politics, and the Gem City Market which is an initiative to address the food crisis in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, Ms. Achebe is very active in her church -Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – as co-chair of the Anti-Racism Team, and the Social Action Committee. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and enjoys spending time with her two four-legged best friends.
Monifa Johnson is a native of the Savannah, GA. A lifelong advocate for human equality, Ms. Johnson was trained in anti-racist, anti-oppressive multicultural methodology by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training and The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She has worked with numerous organizations including: the Unitarian-Universalist Association, Catholic Diocese of Savannah, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Southeastern Synod, Interracial-Interfaith Community (IIC) and Step Up! Savannah’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Ms. Johnson has over twenty (20) years of experience in non-profit management and consulting. She is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF).
Karen D. King, Ph.D.
Karen D. King, Ph.D., is Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in the Education and Human Resources Directorate. She recently completed a two-year term as the Lead Program Director of the Education and Human Research Core Research program (~$80M/year) and the Indicators of Successful K-12 STEM Education initiative (~$4M/year). She continues to serve as the co-Lead Program Director of the Computer Science for All program (~$20M/year). She serves as Executive Secretary for the National Science Board’s Committee on Strategy.
She is a member of All Souls Church Unitarian since 2003 and previously a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing. At All Souls, she has served on the Nominating Committee, the Church Council Steering Committee, the Vision 2020 committee, and currently serves on the All Souls Beckner Endowment Fund Committee. She has also served on the Executive Board of the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Journalist, co-chair of Strategic Planning, Treasurer), the Federal City Public Service Foundation (Recording Secretary, Treasurer) and Steering Committee (co-chair of Hostess Chapter Gifts) for the 51st National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the 100th Anniversary of the sorority.
Mia has been a proud UU lay leader at Beacon UU Congregation in Summit, NJ for 7 years. She’s the former President of the UU Metro New York District, and is a current board member of UU Faith Action NJ. Mia is the proud mother of an amazing Gettysburg College sophomore student-athlete (softball), and a loving daughter, sister, and partner…and of course, he’s a UU too! As a finance professional with over 25 years of experience, her soul is warmed each day, by serving at a non-profit for developmentally disabled children and adults. She has extensive budgetary and grant management experience, and looks forward to contributing as an integral part of our great BLUU organization.
David is driven by the possibility of creating justice by bringing together coalitions that will transform the current climate of hate, fear and inequity. Before joining Headwaters in 2004, he worked for the State Department of Education as director of the Children's Trust Fund, which partners with local communities to prevent child abuse. He is actively involved in the Native American community and African American community has served on various local and national boards of directors, advisory committees and task forces that align with his passion for philanthropy, racial justice, community health and wealth building.
Their 2-year term begins September 2018.