DonorsTrust is a Virginia-based donor-advised fund that dispersed almost $30 million in grants in 2011. Along with the connected Donors Capital Fund – whose 2011 grants totaled more than $56 million – DonorsTrust offers its account holders a degree of anonymity unavailable to private foundations. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, “not even the IRS knows where a particular donor’s money goes after it gets to DonorsTrust.”

Reflecting a commitment to “supporting groups that promote liberty,” DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund have provided significant financial support to a variety of conservative think tanks and advocacy groups. Their top beneficiaries include the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heartland Institute, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, and the State Policy Network. DonorsTrust is also the parent organization of the Project on Fair Representation, which opposes “government distinctions and preferences made on the basis of race and ethnicity” and bankrolled the lawsuit that led the Supreme Court to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act. DonorsTrust additionally provided $1,500,000 in funding to the Government Accountability Institute in 2013. GAI was run by conservative author Peter Schweizer, who used GAI staff and funding to write the extensively debunked “Clinton Cash.”

While most of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund’s contributors are unknown, several major conservative funders have reported contributions to them, including the Searle Freedom Trust, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

It appears that, in addition to the CKF contributions, the Koch network has provided DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund with most of its backbone; it is widely noted that DT & DCF are a part of the “Koch Network.” As the Center for Public Integrity reported, “At a private Koch fundraising meeting in the summer of 2010, Donors Trust hosted cocktails and dessert for what [DonorsTrust CEO Whitney] Ball called a ‘target-rich environment’ of wealthy donors. Several wealthy conservatives who have attended Koch fundraising parties have Donors Trust accounts…” Additionally, DonorsTrust employees have extensive histories within the Koch network:

DonorsTrust is additionally the parent nonprofit of Talent Market, an entity which provides “free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, and research centers dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.” The New York Times describes Talent Market as “the Right Wing’s Casting Agency,” and notes that DonorsTrust provided it with at least $120,000 in funding from 2011 through 2013. Talent Market says it “has helped over 160 organizations find personnel since its founding in 2009, including prominent ones like the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Charles Koch Foundation.”

The director of Talent Market is Claire Kittle Dixon, an activist and protege of former DonorsTrust CEO Whitney Ball. Kittle Dixon worked in recruiting for the Koch Foundation, where she ran the Koch Associate Program. After leaving the Koch Foundation, and prior to setting up shop at the Koch-affiliated DonorsTrust, Kittle Dixon worked as Director of Research for the Buckeye Institute, an SPN member.

92 transactions found, filtered from 7,672 total transactions on record as a donor, filed under these 2 entities:

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1Donors Capital FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$100,0002014+
2Donors Capital FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$100,0002014+
3DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$5002014+
4DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$250,0002014+
5DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$250,0002014+
6DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$300,0002014+
7DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$15,0002014+
8DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$25,0002014+
9DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$305,0002014+
10DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$10,0002014+
11DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$10,0002014+
12DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$1,0002014+
13DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$25,0002014+
14DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$3502014+
15DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$2,0002014+
16DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$15,0002013+
17DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$1,0002013+
18DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$560,0002013+
19DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$2502013+
20DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$25,0002013+
21DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$25,0002013+
22DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$25,0002013+
23DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$1,0002013+
24DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$20,0002013+
25DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$190,0002013+
26DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$100,0002013+
27DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$45,0002013+
28DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$20,0002013+
29DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$20,0002013+
30DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$2,0002013+
31DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$190,0002013+
32DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$1,5002013+
33DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$200,0002013+
34DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$1,0002013+
35DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$540,0002013+
36Donors Capital FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$100,0002013+
37Donors Capital FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$120,0002013+
38Donors Capital FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$100,0002012+
39DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$60,0002012+
40DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$5002012+
41DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$2002012+
42DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$380,0002012+
43DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$60,0002012+
44DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$1,0002012+
45DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$200,0002012+
46DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$5002012+
47DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$2,5002012+
48DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$240,0002012+
49DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$2,5002012+
50DonorsTrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$300,0002012+
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