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Report: Philanthropic foundations provided millions in funding to CAIR

California-based nonprofits provided some of the highest levels of donations.

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sign at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Credit: DC Stock Photograph/Shutterstock.
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sign at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Credit: DC Stock Photograph/Shutterstock.

Ryan Mauro, an investigative researcher for the Capital Research Center, has written a report documenting the 20 top philanthropic funders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the organization whose co-founder and executive director, Nihad Awad, declared himself “happy” upon learning of the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks in Israel.

Those attacks led to the murders of 1,200 people, with thousands wounded and as many as 240 men, women and children taken hostage into the Gaza Strip, where about half remain.

The top three groups provided more than $1 million apiece: American Online Giving Foundation ($1,637,087), Silicon Valley Community Foundation ($1,499,447) and Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund ($1,474,868).

Six groups provided the self-described Muslim civil-rights and advocacy group, which has been charged with antisemitic rhetoric and actions over the years, with $500,000 or more: California Endowment, ($785,604), Schwab Charitable Fund ($782,178), California Community Foundation ($781,065), Sierra Health Foundation ($637,558), Tides Foundation ($631,300), Weingart Foundation ($602,950) and K. Kellogg Foundation ($500,000).

The remaining 10 organizations each provided more than $300,000. These include the San Francisco Foundation ($494,000); Network for Good ($489,800); MarJac Foundation, which Mauro describes as a group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood ($450,000); Charities Aid Foundation ($406,000); California Wellness Foundation ($350,000); Movement Voter Project ($348,240); Columbus Foundation ($336,250); American Endowment Foundation ($315,600); Levi Strauss Foundation ($310,000); and the Orange County Community Federation ($301,255).

“Now should be a time of reckoning for left-wing philanthropy,” wrote Mauro. “Hamas’s attacks on Israel and the crisis of anti-Semitism should compel a reconsideration of funding to any entity that foments Jew-hatred or advocates for terrorist organizations and their causes.”

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