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.

In-Depth knowledge on Values-Aligned Philanthropy

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.

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.

All proposals to the Gill Foundation must include a board-approved copy of the organization’s employment nondiscrimination policy which expressly includes “sexual orientation” and “gender expression” or “gender identity” as protected classes.