Tell corporate charities: Stop the flow of funds to hate groups
Last week, armed vigilantes took more than 300 asylum seekers hostage at the border. This kind of terrorism continues, in large part, because vigilante groups and other hate groups continue to receive anonymous donations through corporate charities known as donor-advised funds.
Schwab Charitable, Fidelity Charitable, Vanguard Charitable, and Donors Trust allow millions of dollars to flow to hate groups through their donor-advised funds. One hate group, American Border Patrol, a vigilante group that encourages violence against and surveillance of migrants along the border, received more than $20,000 through Fidelity Charitable. These funds have not only enabled American Border Patrol to use advanced surveillance technology like drones to target asylum seekers, but have inspired other hate groups to commit acts of violence against asylum seekers.
Migrants are being surveilled, taken hostage, and terrorized daily by hate groups. We cannot allow corporate charities to continue to enable this violence.
Four high profile charities are helping to send millions of dollars to hate groups. A new report shows that Between 2014 and 2017 alone, nearly $11 million was contributed to 34 hate organizations through donor-advised funds, including those managed by Schwab Charitable, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Vanguard Charitable, and Donors Trust.
Not only are these charities funding hate at disturbing levels, they’re helping those who donate to hate groups get tax breaks for it.
Despite the lack of action from these four charities, other donor-advisory funds, like Amalgamated Foundation, are joining with Color Of Change to fight the flow of money to white nationalist hate groups. Amalgamated Foundation, who, after working with Color Of Change, adopted key anti-hate policies from our “Change the Terms, Reducing Hate Online” initiative, has organized more than 65 donor networks, foundations, and Donor Advised Funds (“DAF”) providers that collectively represent over $1 billion in assets.
Corporate charities have a responsibility to ensure that the funds they manage do not help hate groups. We cannot wait for the next white nationalist terror attack to hold these charities accountable.
We must put a stop to donations that fund hate groups. Tell Schwab Charitable, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Vanguard Charitable, and Donors Trust to stop the flow of donations to hate groups.
Here is the Petition:
To Schwab Charitable, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Vanguard Charitable, and Donors Trust:
The donations that flow to hate groups through your donor-advised funds enable real-world violence both online and offline. Violent demonstrations, propaganda, and attacks, like the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, or the more recent attacks in Christchurch, NZ, and Pittsburgh, PA, demonstrate the harms that result from hate group activity.
We cannot wait for the next white nationalist terror attack to hold hate groups accountable. You have a responsibility to ensure that the funds you manage do not go to help hate groups. You must adopt the key anti-hate policies from our “Change the Terms, Reducing Hate Online" framework, and stop the flow of funding to hate groups through your donor-advised funds.