America's Biggest Christian Charity Funnels Tens of Millions to Hate Groups - 2019-03-19
"I certainly don't know of any public disclosures of funds to hate groups at levels anywhere near this," Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Sludge. "It's pretty astounding and certainly concerning."
The far-right evangelical National Christian Foundation (NCF), which offers Christian donors "expert guidance and creative giving solutions," is the fourth-largest donor-advised fund by 2017 revenue in the U.S., having raised over $1.5 billion that year. Such funds offer individual accounts to their clients, allowing clients to get immediate tax breaks on donations to these accounts and to direct NCF to disperse the money to the nonprofits of their choice, mostly churches and other Christian nonprofits, at their own pace. Clients donate through donor-advised funds anonymously, so even the Internal Revenue Service won't know their identities.
According to a 2017 Inside Philanthropy article, NCF "is probably the single biggest source of money fueling the pro-life and anti-LGBT movements over the past 15 years." In 2017, NCF's donation to anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant hate groups rose to over $19 million.