December 05, 2023 | News
What is the role of philanthropy in stopping the growth of hate and extremism? How does philanthropy handle requests from donors when those requests do not align with the organization's values?
In November 2023, our Board adopted an Anti-hate Funding Policy to respond to growing concerns about the issue of funding hate groups. Our pledge to anti-hate is not just words; it’s a commitment to stop discrimination.
We look to strengthen relationships and build bridges across our community – while centering equity. We believe hate is not charitable, and have made an intentional commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
Our commitment is reflected in our values, activities and strategic framework. Early on in this journey, it became clear that meaningful change is not the result of simply adopting a new policy. With our partners in community—donors, nonprofits, and residents—we strive to advance both equity and belonging through several ways.
Our newly adopted Anti-hate Funding Policy ensures no funding will be directed to organizations that engage in hateful speech or activities. This policy applies to all Foundation grantmaking and impact investments, including donor-advised recommendations.
The Wichita Foundation will not make grants or impact investments to organizations the WF knows or has reason to believe support or engage in hateful activities that promote violence or harm directed to legally protected classes. These activities are contrary to the Foundation’s mission and its charitable status. As part of its review process, staff will do their due diligence to ensure steps are taken to avoid any support from the Foundation.
The Foundation may consult resources such as Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Facebook, Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative (GBI), Hate Groups and Extremist Organizations in America: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO), Counter Extremism Project (CEP), Political Research Associates (PRA), GLAAD, PFLAG and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to identify and update information regarding potentially hateful activities.
By weaving DEI into the fabric of our work and charitable giving, we‘ll foster a vibrant community where every person has an equal opportunity to thrive. Together, we can advance equity across our region and strengthen our collective belonging.
Learn more about our journey, view FAQs and resources on our website.