Augusta nonprofit says it didn’t know donations went to white nationalist

Augusta nonprofit says it didn’t know donations went to white nationalist


JOHN: AND I’M JOHN HART, IN TONIGHT FOR BRAD MEANS. JENNIE: COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON CONTINUES WITH A LOCAL NONPROFIT RESPONDING TO REPORTS THAT IT DONATED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO A GROUP ASSOCIATED WITH WHITE SUPREMACY. THE L-A TIMES REPORTING THIS WEEK THAT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE C-S-R-A DONATED 25-THOUSAND- DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE, WHICH IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST ORGANIZATION LED BY RICHARD SPENCER. JENNIE: NEWSCHANNEL 6’S MIKE MILLER IS DIGGING DEEPER TONIGHT, LOOKING AT THE FINANCIAL RECORDS FOR BOTH ORGANIZATIONS. MIKE: THE L-A TIMES HAS COPIES OF THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE’S TAX THE L-A TIMES HAS COPIES OF THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE’S TAX RETURNS. THE DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE CSRA DONATED TO THE N-P-I IN 20-13 AND 20-14. HOWEVER, THE FOUNDATION SAYS AT THE TIME, IT WASN’T AWARE OF THE N-P- I’S MISSION AND HAS SINCE CHANGED ITS POLICIES TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. TAX RECORDS PROVIDED BY THE L-A TIMES SHOW THE AUGUSTA NONPROFIT, THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE CSRA, GAVE 25- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE. 15-THOUSAND IN 20-13 AND TEN- THOUSAND IN 20-14. THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE CSRA DONATES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR IN AN EFFORT TO “ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE CITIZENS OF RICHMOND, COLUMBIA, MCDUFFIE, BURKE, AIKEN AND EDGEFIELD COUNTIES.” ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE’S WEBSITE, ITS SLOGAN IS: “FOR OUR PEOPLE, OUR CULTURE, OUR FUTURE.” THE N-P-I SAYS IT IS AN INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE HERITAGE, IDENTITY, AND FUTURE OF PEOPLE OF EUROPEAN DESCENT IN THE UNITED STATES, AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE INSTITUTE IS LED BY RICHARD SPENCER, A PERSON THAT THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER CONSIDERS TO BE A WHITE NATIONALIST. IN RESPONSE TO OUR DISCOVERY THAT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DONATED A MAJOR AMOUNT OF MONEY TO THE N-P-I, PRESIDENT SHELL BERRY SAID: “IN 2015, MANAGEMENT OF THE FOUNDATION BECAME AWARE THAT ONE OF ITS FUNDS WAS RECOMMENDING GRANTS IN SUPPORT OF THE NPI. UPON DISCOVERY OF THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE NPI, FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION TO DISASSOCIATE WITH THE NPI AND, AS OF JULY OF 2015, THIS DONOR ADVISED FUND NO LONGER EXISTS AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE CSRA. THE FOUNDATION, ITS STAFF, AND ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS NO ASSOCIATION WHATSOEVER WITH THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE.” A DONOR-ADVISED FUND ALLOWS A PERSON TO DONATE TO THE FOUNDATION WITH THE INTENT OF THE MONEY BEING FORWARDED TO ANOTHER ORGANIZATION. IN THIS CASE, THE ANONYMOUS DONOR CHOSE THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE. THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RESPONDING TO THE CONTRIBUTION, SAYING: “THE POLICIES OF THE FOUNDATION WERE MODIFIED IN 2015 WITH THE INTENTION OF PREVENTING ANY GRANTMAKING THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH OUR VALUES AS AN ORGANIZATION. THE NPI DONATIONS WERE DIRECTED BY A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL. INDEPENDENT OF THAT ONE DONOR, ANY INDIVIDUAL, ORGANIZATION, OR CORPORATION THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE FOUNDATION CAN BE ASSURED THAT NO MONIES GIVEN TO THE FOUNDATION WERE GRANTED TO THE NPI.” MIKE: THE I-R-S RECENTLY REVOKED THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE’S TAX- EXEMPT STATUS FOR FAILING TO FILE TAX RETURNS. RICHARD SPENCER HAS SAID HIS ORGANIZATION IS GOING TO APPEAL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S DECISION. JENNIE: IT WILL BE A RUNOFF IN THE RACE

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