The National Christian Foundation which “helps Christian families like yours send more to their favorite charities and connect with the larger movement of generosity taking place around the world.” raised over $1.5 billion in tax-exempt donations in 2017 and it has now been discovered some of that money has been funneled to some of America’s most notorious anti-LGBT hate groups.
The nation’s eighth-largest public charity is pouring tens of millions of dollars each year into a number of mostly anti-LGBT hate groups, a Sludge investigation shows. According to the three most recent available tax filings — which cover 2015-17 — it has donated $56.1 million on behalf of its clients to 23 nonprofits identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups.
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. The group recently came out against congressional Democrats’ Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.
Alliance Defending Freedom took in $49.2 million from NCF from 2015-17. ADF received $46.3 million in contributions and grants during the 2016 fiscal year (from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). It got $16.8 million from NCF in the calendar year of 2015, meaning that, if these years were aligned, NCF’s donations would have represented over one-third of ADF’s annual contributions
Shyster Lawyer group Alliance Defending Freedom has been given more than $49.2 million from NCF from 2015-17. And Tony Perkin’s anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council, which has, accepted over $5.3 million from NCF from 2015-17.