Counter-Islamophobia Project

U.S. Islamophobia Network

Islamophobic Organizations

Adelson Family Foundation

Type: Private Family Foundation


Billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson established the private, tax-exempt, Adelson Family Foundation with his wife Miriam in 2007. Adelson is the chairman and owner of the Las Vegas Sands Corp, which owns and operates properties in Las Vegas, including the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. The Adelson’s are Republican party mega donors. They contributed $20.4 million to support Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and were subsequently appointed as finance vice-chairmen of Trump’s inaugural committee. They have contributed to few mainstream recipients, including the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Rockefeller University in New York City.                  

The Adelsons’ created their Foundation with the aim to strengthen and benefit “the State of Israel and the Jewish people.” Its grantees have included Chabad Jewish Centers at various universities, the Zionist Organization of America and the Birthright Israel Foundation. The Adelson Family Foundation is also, by far, the largest private donor to anti-Muslim groups whose work is geared towards negatively influencing media portrayals of Muslims and Islam. It awarded $6.1 million to anti-Muslim groups between 2014 and 2016. This includes $4.5 million to the Middle East Media and Research Institute, an Israeli propaganda outfit that provides selective, absurd, and intentionally biased translations of Arabic language news. The Foundation also gave $1 million to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, a Boston-based propaganda group, and $300,000 to the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET). EMET is an Israel lobby group in D.C. that was founded by Sarah Stern in 2005, who previously worked at the Zionist Organization of America and the American Jewish Congress.

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