Counter-Islamophobia Project

U.S. Islamophobia Network

Islamophobic Organizations

DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund

Type: Donor Advised Fund


Based in Virginia, DonorsTrust and its supporting organization Donors Capital Fund* were founded in 1999 out of a fear among right-leaning donors that their charitable family foundations might end up in the hands of those who would not fund right-wing causes. Since its founding, DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund have funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars into influential right-wing think tanks and lobby groups such as the American Enterprise Institute, the State Policy Network, and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

DonorsTrust is also an associate member of the State Policy Network, a web of right-wing groups across the country that act as incubators of conservative strategy at a state level. Their strategies include proposals to reduce the wages of government workers, eliminate school voucher schemes, oppose Medicaid, and rally against efforts to mitigate climate change. DonorsTrust also bankrolled the lawsuit that led the Supreme Court to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act.

Between 2014 and 2016, DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund granted more than $6 million to over a dozen anti-Muslim groups. Together, they gave nearly $4 million to the Middle East Forum,  over $400,000 to the Center for Security Policy, and over $300,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

*Donors Capital Fund is a 509(a)(3) organization supporting Donors Trust, a 501(c)(3). According to the IRS, a supporting organizations is organized, operated, and controlled in the public interest.  “It is one means by which a charity can avoThey id classification as a private foundation, a status that is subject to a more restrictive regulatory regime.”

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