As leaders of philanthropic institutions, donor advised fund providers, and individual philanthropists, we are joining together to take a stand against the twisted use of charitable funds to support organizations that foment hatred. We are deeply concerned that donors, acting anonymously, through donor advised funds managed by Donors Trust, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Schwab Charitable Fund, and Vanguard Charitable between 2014 and 2017 contributed nearly $11 million to 34 organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers to be hate groups. These organizations include anti-LGBTQ groups, anti-Muslim groups, anti-immigrant groups, a white nationalist group, among others.
Donors who utilize donor advised funds receive significant tax advantages, and the ability to make grants anonymously. These advantages are based on the imperative that their contributions be used for charitable and educational purposes that promote the public good. Using tax-deductible dollars to support hate groups undermines a shared value of democracy inherent to the logic of promoting the public interest. Promoting hatred is the opposite of public good.
Donor Advised Fund providers should filter out hate. Policies and procedures that screen out hate groups should become a standard part of charitable due diligence. We call upon donor advised fund providers to exercise their legal discretion over grants made by donor advised funds and reject donor recommendations to organizations engaged in hateful activities.
Donors of conscience should take a stand against hate. We call upon donors of conscience to demand their donor advised fund providers enact policies to ensure charitable resources do not flow to hate groups, or to move their donor advised funds to a provider who is willing to do so.
Hatred is the opposite of charity. Please join us.
To view Amalgamated Foundation’s policy, click here
To view Amalgamated Foundation’s press release regarding the Hate Is Not Charitable Campaign, click here
Hate Is Not Charitable Supporters as of March 15, 2019:
Bread and Roses Community Fund
Brooklyn Community Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
Haymarket Peoples’ Fund
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Liberty Hill Foundation
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Neighborhood Funders Group
New York Foundation
North Star Fund
Social Justice Fund NW
Stonewall Community Foundation
Women Donors Network
* Listed signatories do not allow charitable gifts to flow to hate groups