As we enter into tax season, Americans become more conscious about lowering their tax burdens. One way to accomplish this is by donating money to tax-deductible charities.
The National Christian Foundation allows taxpayers to make donor-advised donations. While the initial contribution is made to the Foundation, it can then be funneled to various other groups. According to a report from Sludge, a significant number of these donations are going to alleged hate groups.
The report claims that the National Christian Foundation, “has donated $56.1 million on behalf of its clients to 23 nonprofits identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups.” In addition to anti-immigrant and anti-muslim groups, the Foundation also gives money to organizations that are virulently anti-gay.
Sludge’s, Alex Kotch, writes, “By far the biggest recipient of NCF donations is Alliance Defending Freedom, a large network of Christian extremist lawyers who have supported criminalizing homosexuality, sterilizing transgender people, and claimed that gay men are pedophiles.
Lisa Gilbert, from the advocacy group, Public Citizen, told Newsweek:
“It’s interesting to me that big donors have a mechanism to give money to causes that would be unpopular, like going after gay rights. This is like a shell-game funnel of corporate money. So it might be an organization that has an innocent name, that sounds like a good, upstanding, innocent group but is being backed by wealthy donors.”
The National Christian Foundation denies any wrongdoing. Steve Chapman, a spokesperson for the group, said, “In 2018, we sent $1.7 billion in grants to more than 26,000 charities who are bringing clean water to the thirsty, homes to the homeless, food to the hungry, healing to the hurting, and much more. We are solely focused on helping people give generously and wisely to their favorite charities.”