The Cleveland Foundation Anti-Hate Policy Change for Grants from Donor Advised Funds

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.

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