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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. [1] These include political advocacy groups, think tanks, and universities.[2][3] It also donates to groups that support climate change denial.[4] [5] DonorsTrust offers anonymity to wealthy donors who do not want to make their donations publicly.[6][7][8] The organization assures its conservative donors that their donated funds will never be used to support liberal causes.[7]


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.[9] As of 2013, the DonorsTrust has distributed more than $400 million to over 1,000 conservative and libertarian groups.[6]

Climate change denial funding[edit]

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."[10]

Board of Directors[edit]


  1. ^ Public Integrity
  2. ^ Guidestar
  3. ^
  4. ^ Suzanne Goldenberg (14 February 2013). "How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Livescience
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ a b Suzanne Goldenberg (14 February 2013). "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  8. ^ American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (1 January 2003). The American enterprise. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Suzanne Goldenberg, "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks," The Guardian, February 14, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d e Board of Directors

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