Prince Foundation

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The Prince Foundation, formerly known as the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation is a charitable foundation that was founded in 1979 and is based in Holland, Michigan.[1] It is a major financial supporter of the conservative Christian causes in the state of Michigan and at the national level. The foundation was formed by Western Michigan auto parts manufacturer Edgar Prince and his wife Elsa. Its vice president is Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater USA (now known as Academi).[2]

Financial contributions[edit]

The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation has donated millions of dollars to such American conservative Christian groups as Alliance Defense Fund, Council for National Policy, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family,[3] Promise Keepers and American Family Association.

In 2003, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation contributed $4,800,000 over a series of 29 religious grants.[4]

In 2002, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation contributed $2,978,000 over a series of 38 religious grants.[5]

Between 2001 and 2014, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation donated 6.2 million dollars to the Family Research Council [6] and 5.2 million dollars to Focus on the Family.[7]

The foundation is also a major financial supporter of the Michigan charter school movement.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edgar And Elsa Prince Foundation Pro Publica, February 21, 2017
  2. ^ Woodruff, Betsy (October 22, 2016). "Blackwater Founder Erik Prince, Who Got Rich Off Of Iraq, Now Backs 'Anti-War' Donald Trump". The Daily Beast. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Katherine (2012). The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children (Kindle, 2017 ed.). Hachette Book Group. p. 255. ASIN B0073XR7BM. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 U.S. Foundations Awarding Grants for Religion, circa 2003" (PDF). Foundation Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 U.S. Foundations Awarding Grants for Religion, circa 2002" (PDF). Foundation Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom", Mother Jones, accessed February 22, 2017
  7. ^ Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom", Mother Jones accessed February 22, 2017
  8. ^ Detroit School Legislation Backed By Charter Advocates Was Years In The Making, Detroit Metro Times, accessed February 22, 2017