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.

7,672 transactions on record as a donor, filed under these 2 entities:

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

Showing record as donor
#
Donor
Recipient
Amount
Year
Link
1Donors Capital FundAdvance Arkansas Institute$25,0002014+
2Donors Capital FundCenter for Organizational Research and Education$16,0002014+
3Donors Capital FundFoundation for Government Accountability$800,0002014+
4Donors Capital FundFranklin Center for Government & Public Integrity$2,009,9002014+
5Donors Capital FundState Budget Solutions$10,0002014+
6Donors Capital FundLucy Burns Institute$1,000,0002014+
7Donors Capital FundState Budget Solutions$50,0002014+
8Donors Capital FundState Policy Network$1,080,0002014+
9Donors Capital FundActon Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty$250,0002014+
10Donors Capital FundCenter for Competitive Politics$170,0002014+
11Donors Capital FundHeartland Institute$1,500,0002014+
12Donors Capital FundLegacy Foundation$50,0002014+
13Donors Capital FundMiddle East Forum$450,0002014+
14Donors Capital FundOne Nation Under God Foundation$32,4502014+
15Donors Capital FundAmerican Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research$476,9702014+
16Donors Capital FundMarket Research Foundation$1,000,0002014+
17Donors Capital FundUS English Foundation$50,0002014+
18Donors Capital FundDonorsTrust$1,000,0002014+
19Donors Capital FundFranklin Center for Government & Public Integrity$250,0002014+
20Donors Capital FundState Budget Solutions$100,0002014+
21Donors Capital FundAmerican Council of Trustees and Alumni$1,075,0002014+
22Donors Capital FundCentral Fund of Israel$1,000,0002014+
23Donors Capital FundCru$1,5002014+
24Donors Capital FundEast-West Ministries International$1,2002014+
25Donors Capital FundEvangelical Development Ministry$10,0002014+
26Donors Capital FundFirst Presbyterian Church Midland$4,5002014+
27Donors Capital FundFocus on the Family$6002014+
28Donors Capital FundJudicial Education Project$300,0002014+
29Donors Capital FundMastermedia$6002014+
30Donors Capital FundPolwarth Ministries$1,2002014+
31Donors Capital FundTeen FLOW Youth ministries$6002014+
32Donors Capital FundYoung Life$6002014+
33Donors Capital FundDonorsTrust$5,000,0002014+
34Donors Capital FundCerge EI Foundation$1,700,0002014+
35Donors Capital FundLincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research$20,0002014+
36Donors Capital FundMoving Picture Institute$25,0002014+
37Donors Capital FundIllinois Taxpayer Education Foundation$25,0002014+
38Donors Capital FundSpark Freedom$59,0002014+
39Donors Capital FundClaremont Institute$49,5932014+
40Donors Capital FundFree To Choose Network$524,5412014+
41Donors Capital FundGeorge Mason University Foundation$2,465,0002014+
42Donors Capital FundPhilanthropy Roundtable$61,0982014+
43Donors Capital FundReason Foundation$100,0002014+
44Donors Capital FundStudent Free Press Association$100,0002014+
45Donors Capital FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$100,0002014+
46Donors Capital FundSutherland Institute$5002014+
47Donors Capital FundBuckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions$1,1002014+
48Donors Capital FundCommonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives$3,0002014+
49Donors Capital FundFoundation for Government Accountability$2,4002014+
50Donors Capital FundFreedom Foundation of Minnesota$6002014+
Contributions from private foundations and other nonprofit entities are based on a review of publicly available Forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.