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Who's Funding Hate?

The spread of hateful ideas isn’t random or incidental. Hate groups are often well-funded and institutionally backed, including through tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.[1] Yet despite the exempt status of these organizations, it can be difficult to trace where their money is coming from.

The Dark World of Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-Advised Funds, or DAFs, are the fastest growing form of charitable contribution and hold a combined $85 billion in assets.[2] DAFs can function as passthroughs to other charitable organizations and allow donors to achieve upfront tax benefits and avoid the disclosure requirements of private foundations.[3] According to reporting in The Economist, “DAFs are frequently used to funnel money to political campaigns and lobby groups, rather than what most people would consider good causes. Donors to such groups can also exploit the funds’ murky nature to hide their identity.”[4]

Do National Christian Foundation Donors Have Something to Hide?

One of the largest DAFs in the country is the National Christian Foundation (NCF), with over $3.5 billion in assets in 2017.[5]  Like other DAFs, NCF makes contributions based on the recommendation of its donors, and there is no public disclosure of which donor or donors are behind a given NCF contribution. A 2016 report by Inside Philanthropy said of NCF, “Among other things, this funder is probably the single biggest source of money fueling the pro-life and anti-LGBT movements over the past 15 years.”[6] The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) lists NCF as an organization in its U.S. Islamophobia Network because of its contributions to groups promoting Islamophobia.[7]

Analysis of the 2016 (latest available) IRS Form 990 for NCF shows contributions of up to $15 million dollars per organization to anti-LGBTQ and anti-Muslim organizations appearing on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of designated hate groups, the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) list of anti-equality organizations, and in the CAIR U.S. Islamophobia network.[8]

Select Anti-LGBTQ Contributions

  • Alliance Defending Freedom*
  • American College of Pediatricians*˟
  • American Family Association*˟
  • Concerned Women for America˟
  • James Kennedy Ministries*
  • Faith2Action*
  • Focus on the Family˟
  • Illinois Family Institute*
  • Liberty Counsel*˟
  • National Organization for Marriage˟
  • Pacific Justice Institute*
  • Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays˟
  • Probe Ministries*

Select Anti-Muslim Contributions

  • ACT for America*⸰
  • American Freedom Law Center*
  • Americans for America*
  • Concerned Women for America˟
  • David Horowitz Freedom Center*⸰
  • Eagle Forum⸰
  • Religious Freedom Coalition*
  • The Oak Initiative⸰
  • The Straight Way of Grace*⸰
  • Virginia Christian Alliance*

*Southern Poverty Law Center Designated Hate Group

˟Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Designated Anti-Equality Organization

CAIR U.S. Islamophobia Network

 

Case Study: Marriott Board Member

Steven S. Reinemund, Sr., serves on the Board of Directors of Marriott International and is a past or present board member of a number of other prominent corporations which have fallen under public scrutiny: Chick-fil-A, Walmart, ExxonMobil Corp, and American Express. From 2001 until 2006, he was the CEO of PepsiCo.[9]

In 1999, Reinemund established the Reinemund Family Foundation, which is governed by Reinemund, his wife, and four children.[10] The Foundation now has total assets of over $9 million.[11]

Per IRS rules, the Reinemund Family Foundation has filed a yearly Form 990, which is publicly disclosed and indicates the recipients of charitable contributions from the Foundation. Past filings show financial support for numerous organizations, including East-West Ministries, an evangelical Christian organization which states, “The vision of EWMI is to glorify God by multiplying disciples of Jesus in the spiritually darkest areas of the world.”[12]

In 2016, the latest publicly available filing, the Reinemund Family Foundation donated to just three organizations, including a $400,000 contribution to the National Christian Foundation, the largest contribution in the last six years of filings.[13] In keeping with the current regulations of DAFs, the end recipient(s) of this $400,000 is unknown and could be any of NCF’s thousands of grantees. Per IRS rules, NCF has ultimate authority over how the funds are distributed.[14]

Take a Stand

Marriott board member gave $400k

Many of the donors who give to NCF and organizations that receive its funding are advancing important charitable work. However, by allowing NCF to serve as an intermediary and retain an allocation of fund balances[15], these well-meaning individuals and organizations are helping to finance and legitimize NCF and to further obfuscate its significant funding of anti-LGBTQ and Islamophobic hate groups.

According to The Essential Guide to NCF’s Giving Solutions, “As is true with all policies of NCF, our grant approval policies and procedures are built upon our beliefs and values. Our beliefs and values are inseparable from our grantmaking services.”[16]

Sign the pledge to call on current NCF donors and grantees to refuse to fund or accept future NCF grants until NCF deems hate to be incompatible with its beliefs and values and ceases its funding of hate groups.

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Notes

[1]“Dozens of ‘Hate Groups’ Have Charity Status, Chronicle Study Finds”. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, published 12/22/16. https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Dozens-of-Hate-Groups-/238748

[2] “Donor-Advised Funds Are Catching Up To Foundations As The Most Powerful Givers”. Fast Company, published 11/29/17. https://www.fastcompany.com/40499881/donor-advised-funds-are-catching-up-to-foundations-as-the-most-powerful-givers

[3] “A philanthropic boom: ‘donor-advised funds’. The Economist, published 3/23/2017.  https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2017/03/23/a-philanthropic-boom-donor-advised-funds

[4] Ibid

[5] National Christian Charitable FDN Inc and Supporting Organizations Consolidated Financial Statements, December 31, 2017 and 2016. https://national.ncfgiving.com/uploads/files/resources/ncf_17_consolidated_fs.pdf

[6] “Big Money, Quiet Power – A Look at the National Christian Foundation”. Inside Philanthropy, published 10/3/16. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/10/3/big-money-quiet-power-a-look-at-the-national-christian-found.html

[7] http://www.islamophobia.org/islamophobic-organizations/165-national-christian-foundation.html

[8] National Christian Charitable FDN Inc Form 990 for Calendar Year 2016, accessed via Guidestar

[9] https://marriott.gcs-web.com/board-directors-committee-members/steven-reinemund

[10] ProPublica Foundation Profile: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/752795065

[11] Reinemund Family Foundation Form 990 for 2016 accessed via GuideStar

[12] https://www.eastwest.org/what-we-do/

[13] Reinemund Family Foundation Forms 990 for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 accessed via ProPublica

[14] IRS Donor-Advised Funds Guide Sheet Explanation published 7/31/2008. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/donor_advised_explanation_073108.pdf

[15] https://www.ncfgiving.com/solutions/giving-fund/ “To fund this level of impact, we retain a small monthly amount accrued daily, based on the ending balance for that day.”

[16] National Christian Foundation: The Essential Guide to NCF’s Giving Solutions pg. 17. https://www.ncfgiving.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Essential-Guide-to-NCFs-Giving-Solutions.pdf