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DonorsTrust is a charitable 501(c)(3) donor advised fund that provides funding to a variety of non-profits and conservative causes.  These include political advocacy groups, think tanks, and universities. It also donates to groups that support climate change denial.  DonorsTrust offers anonymity to wealthy donors who do not want to make their donations publicly. The organization assures its conservative donors that their donated funds will never be used to support liberal causes.
DonorsTrust was established in 1999 with a stated goal of "supporting organizations that promote liberty". It relies on donors from charitable foundations and independent individuals and funds numerous projects, including the Franklin Center. As of 2013, the DonorsTrust has distributed more than $400 million to over 1,000 conservative and libertarian groups.
Climate change denial funding
In February 2013, The Guardian reported that nearly US$120 million dollars from "conservative billionaires" were routed through two trusts, DonorsTrust and the Donors Capital Fund, who used a "secretive funding route" to channel the funds "to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change." The trusts were "operating out of a generic town house in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC," and the funds "doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising 'wedge issue' for hardcore conservatives."
Board of Directors
- Whitney L. Ball, President & CEO of DonorsTrust.
- Kimberly O. Dennis, Chairman; President of the Searle Freedom Trust.
- James Piereson, Vice Chairman; President of the William E. Simon Foundation.
- William J. Hume, Chairman of the Board of Basic American Foods.
- Jeffrey C. Zysik, Secretary-Treasurer; Chief Financial Officer & Chief of Information Technology of DonorsTrust.
- http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/14/12181/donors-use-charity-push-free-market-policies-states Public Integrity
- http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/52-2166327/donors-trust.aspx Guidestar
- Suzanne Goldenberg (14 February 2013). "How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- http://www.livescience.com/26618-climate-change-denial-koch-donors-trust.html Livescience
- Walter Hickley (12 February 2013). "Inside The Secretive Dark-Money Organization That's Keeping The Lights On For Conservative Groups". Business Insider. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Suzanne Goldenberg (14 February 2013). "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (1 January 2003). The American enterprise. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- Suzanne Goldenberg (February 15, 2013). "Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives: Secretive funding network channeled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy". The Guardian. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
- Suzanne Goldenberg, "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks," The Guardian, February 14, 2013.
- Board of Directors
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