Values-Aligned Philanthropy

Anti-democratic extremism, hate speech, and politically-motivated violence are on the rise. With policymakers, journalists, and activists seeking to determine how hate groups are funded, philanthropic organizations have come under a magnifying glass. Our members have been actively engaged in addressing the issue of hate-funding, including by sharing their resources and asking for additional insight.

In response, we launched the Values-Aligned Philanthropy project. We developed a white paper, Values-Aligned Philanthropy: Foundations Resisting Hate and Extremism, and this accompanying resource hub. Below, find a living list of resources for foundations looking to address this issue, including sample policies from a variety of foundations, organizational resources, and background information.  

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In late 2020, the Council on Foundations (the Council) launched the Values-Aligned Philanthropy project to continue to build on their previous efforts within the philanthropic sector to respond to growing concern about the issue of funding hate and extremism. The Council took this step recognizing that while there is significant work being done by grantmakers and social sector leaders across the country to prevent hate funding, there has not been a comprehensive analysis of what has been done and who is doing what from the perspective of philanthropy. The Council believes that mapping the eco-system will provide a baseline for identifying gaps, best practices, and next steps to addressing this problem. The Values-Aligned Philanthropy project is funded by the Gill Foundation. Research and writing for the project have been provided by Roey Thorpe, an independent consultant, with guidance from Council staff.

Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) will not process grants to organizations that NVCF knows or has reason to believe support or engage in hateful activities. NVCF will implement this policy through due diligence to ensure that hateful activities are identified and steps are taken to avoid any NVCF support for them.

This series, The Hate Speech Debate: Implications for the Philanthropic and Grantmaking Community, is the product of a Horizon Forum convening which gathered a group of nearly 30 stakeholders across community foundations, government, and academia in early March 2021 to advance the national conversation on how to meet the challenge of hate and extremist funding taking placing indirectly in small quarters of the philanthropic sector.

The ADL Center on Extremism (COE) is one of the world’s foremost authorities on extremism, terrorism, antisemitism and all forms of hate. For decades, COE’s staff of seasoned investigators, analysts and researchers have tracked extremist activity and hate in the U.S. and abroad — online and on the ground. The staff, which represent a combined total of substantially more than 100 years of experience in this arena, routinely assist law enforcement with extremist-related investigations, provide tech companies with critical data and expertise and respond to wide-ranging media requests.

There is a mounting shift in the environment and climate in which we find ourselves operating as grantmakers of broad-based donors and divergent community values. The critique is more poignant with vocal opposition that blurs the lines between supporting opposing viewpoints in the community and funding groups or activities defined as hate.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation (“GMF”) is committed to a diverse workforce in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. GMF believes that a diverse workforce helps the organization and its employees realize their full potential. Recognizing and developing the talents of each individual brings new ideas to GMF.

In 2019, a national conversation began over grants from donor-advised funds (DAFs) to organizations that were engaged in “hateful activity.” The catalyst for these conversations was a report released in February of 2019 by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR looked at the money trail from 2014 to 2016 from over 1,000 mainstream charities to 39 anti-Muslim groups that it calls the “Islamophobic Network.” It found that nearly $125 million was granted to these groups, including funding from DAFs at Fidelity Charitable, Vanguard Charitable and Schwab Charitable.