Islamophobia Monitor

Outer Core

Introduction

The Donors Capital Fund is a Virginia-based organization which allows those who wish to gift funds anonymously to open a donor-advised fund by providing “a minimum initial gift of $1,000,000.” According to the fund’s web site, its services are useful for “gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues.”

As an example of how this service is used to facilitate anti-Islam bias in the United States, it was revealed that prior to the 2008 election $17.7 million dollars directed through Donors Capital was given to the Clarion Project (then, the Clarion Fund). This massive sum allowed them to distribute millions of copies of the anti-Islam propaganda film Obsession to key battleground states during the 2008 election. The source of the money was likely a Chicago businessman named Barre Seid.

According to the Fund’s 2011 tax filings, the most recent available at the time this report was written, fund operators continued to allow donors to direct large sums of money to Islamophobic groups. This included $2,225,000 to Daniel Pipes’s Middle East Forum, $250,000 to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, and $825,000 to Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy

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