NAACP responds to allegations of fraud regarding Tonya McDaniel’s handling of grant funds

NAACP responds to allegations of fraud regarding Tonya McDaniel’s handling of grant funds
June 17
09:47 2021

The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the allegation of misappropriation of funds by the organization’s vice president, Tonya McDaniel: 

The Executive Committee of the Branch has met with our officers and Tonya McDaniel. We have also conferred with Blueprint to examine the intent of the Grant, and whether its purposes were fulfilled and performed as intended. We have also examined the payments and verified that they matched the intent of the Grant. We are convinced that the purpose of the Grant was delivered as intended and therefore limits our discussion to those facts. 

We have spoken with Tonya McDaniel as she has acknowledged her lapse in judgment as not in the spirit of the fiduciary principles of the NAACP Branch, but in the spirit of providing service to the community as a whole. Therefore, we acknowledge our current processes, procedures and authorization of grant procurement for doing the critical work in this community must be redefined. As a result, we are in the process of conducting a full review of the aforementioned procedures to ensure that going forward, we are in full compliance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the NAACP.

Finally, we have found no evidence of misappropriated funds and the receipts and ledgers of the grant activities were verified. Hence, Vice President McDaniel is still a member in good standing of the Branch and we have no further comment other than these. Moreover, this Branch of the NAACP plans to move forward with the business before us in harmony, peace, and unity.

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