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.  

If you have any questions or a resource to share, please email Nidale Zouhir.

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The paradox of neutrality doesn’t stop at the doors of giving platforms. Corporations must also examine how the donors and recipients on these platforms align with their corporate values. Consider a company that publishes an annual Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) report that touts their stance against human rights abuses, their support of inclusion and equality, and their non-negotiable expectation for ethical conduct from all business partners.

When and how should digital platforms—designed to be open and democratic—take responsibility for the content they host, and when should they take a stance—departing from a position of neutrality? GlobalGiving is on a journey to explore these issues, and is inviting you to join the exploration.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and since 1915, has partnered with generous donors to strengthen the region in every way imaginable. Over these many years, the Foundation has grown along with the community it serves, expanding on its founding purpose as a philanthropic resource to encompass a broader role of community leadership, strategic investment and advocacy.

As the problems of political polarization, extremism, and hate speech increasingly impact public life in the United States, various sectors have responded in ways unique to their own circumstances and institutions. Social media companies, in particular, have become contentious sites of debate over what constitutes the line between hate speech and free speech.

When Kroger launched its community rewards program more than seven years ago, the supermarket chain pitched the initiative as a way shoppers could support charities of their choosing. But, the company said Tuesday, one of the nonprofit groups being funded through the program was the Indiana Oath Keepers — the local branch of a self-styled militia group whose members now are accused of planning to storm the U.S. Capitol days in advance.