Courtesy of Newsweek:
The nation’s eighth-largest nonprofit donated $56.1 million to a series of organizations identified as hate groups from 2015 to 2017, according to a report from Sludge.
National Christian Foundation, which identifies itself as the largest Christian grant maker and one of the largest donor-advised funds in the nation, has served as a vehicle for individuals trying to anonymously send money.
Donor-advised funds allow individuals sending the tax deductible contributions to remain anonymous from the IRS and instruct where they want the payments to be sent. For those donating via NCF, this meant sending money to 23 organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled hate groups. Most of the hate organizations that received money from the NCF opposed LGBT rights. The report also found that the NCF donated to anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant organizations.
Organizations receiving the most funds from NCF included the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has advocated for sterilizing transgender individuals, and the Family Research Council, which has advocated conversion therapy. Members of the Family Research Council including Tony Perkins, the organization’s president, have sought to link pedophilia and homosexuality.
The NCF’s website says it has “accepted over $12 billion in contributions and made over $10 billion in giver-recommended grants to more than 55,000 charities.”
I am really trying hard not to draw a correlation between large Christian organizations and hate groups in this country, but this kind of thing makes that very difficult.
And Chick-fil-A is not helping matters either.
Courtesy of LGBTQ Nation:
Newly released tax documents show that Chick-fil-A is still giving money to anti-LGBTQ organizations, years after promising to stop.
Seven years ago, Chick-fil-A’s record of donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations came to light. The fast-food chain had donated to the SPLC-designated hate group Family Research Counsel and the conversion therapy group Exodus International.
CEO Dan Cathy told a newspaper that the company was “guilty as charged” of making anti-LGBTQ donations and said that marriage equality proponents “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” and were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
Chick-fil-a has spent years trying to downplay these donations, saying that they “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation” and that the company’s charity arm “is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.”
But that hasn’t stopped them from donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
As I said, I am trying hard.