Following the Donors Trust money trail

Money Flowing In: Foundations

Donors Trust has injected nearly $400 million into free-market causes, thanks in large part to contributions by dozens of private foundations run by wealthy executives or their families. These foundations have often sought anonymity by passing their grants through Donors Trust, but a Center for Public Integrity review of IRS records reveals some of the largest backers of Donors Trust in recent years.

Money Flowing Out: Think Tanks

Donors Trust has given grants to three national organizations that coordinate free-market policy and media efforts in the states: the American Legislative Exchange Council, the State Policy Network, and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. In addition to these umbrella organizations, Donors Trust has directly funded at least 51 state-based think tanks in nearly every state since 2007.

Knowledge and Progress Fund Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity Less than $100,000 $100,000 to $500,000 $500,000 to $999,999 $1,000,000 or more Contribution Size DONORS TRUST State Policy Network Heartland Institute Lucy Burns Institute Illinois Policy Institute Independence Institute Mackinac Center South Carolina Policy Council American Legislative Exchange Council Manhattan Institute Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Empower Texans Foundation Cascade Policy Institute Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation Farmer Family Foundation Donald and Paula Smith Foundation Searle Freedom Trust Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation John M. Olin Foundation Randolph Foundation The GFC Foundation Jaquelin Hume Foundation William E. Simon Foundation Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation JM Kaplan Fund William Donner Foundation Castle Rock / Adolph Coors Foundation Philanthropy Roundtable Rose Marie and Jack R. Anderson Foundation Earhart Foundation Joe and Mary Moeller Foundation John William Pope Foundation Charles G. Koch Foundation Anschutz Foundation Paul Singer Family Foundation DONORS TRUST