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New CAIR Report to Show How Anonymous Donors Used Mainstream Philanthropic Groups to Funnel Funds to Anti-Muslim Hate Groups in Florida and Nationwide

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(TAMPA, Fla. 5/2/19) – On Monday, May 6th, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR-Florida, the state’s largest Muslim civil rights advocacy organization will release a one-of-a-kind report detailing a list of philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million between 2014 and 2016 to anti-Muslim hate groups in the State of Florida and nationwide.

[NOTE: The release date coincides with the first day of Ramadan, which begins on or about May 6th. Because the beginning of the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan depends on the actual sighting of the new moon; the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary.]

CAIR’s report, ‘Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,’ documents how more than 1,000 foundations funneled almost $125 million to 39 anti-Muslim hate groups during that period, which saw a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.

The report highlights that some of those foundations that were funneling millions of dollars to anti-Muslim hate groups that operate from the State of Florida.


The money was used to support anti-Muslim legislation and policies, conduct anti-Muslim lobbying, distribute false and defamatory information to mainstream and social media, and run public campaigns promoting conspiracy theories tied to issues such as Mosque construction. 


WHATCAIR-Florida Media Availability on the Release of ‘Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network’ Report

WHEN: Monday, May 6th, 10::00 a.m. - 12:00pm ET


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“The robust tradition of American philanthropy helps support a vibrant democracy,” said CAIR National Executive Director, Nihad Awad. He continued, “Islamophobia has now embedded itself in mainstream philanthropic institutions and threatens American democracy.”


“Multiple hate groups operating from Florida are funded or partially funded by non-profit organizations and foundations funneling millions of dollars to promote a hateful anti-Muslim discourse,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz. Ruiz added: "The givers, foundations and the recipients, hate groups, are equally complicit in intentionally promoting the intolerance and hate that poison today's social climate.”


Other issues covered in the report include the placement of Islamophobes in national policy-making positions and the nationwide campaign to introduce anti-Islamic bills in state legislatures like here in Florida.


“These anti-Muslim groups have more than a billion dollars in collective revenue that is used to advance an anti-Muslim agenda,” said CAIR National Research and Advocacy Manager Zainab Arain. “They lobby legislatures to pass anti-Muslim laws and policies, interfere in and falsify school curriculum, and promote prejudicial and biased media content.” 


CAIR National Research and Advocacy Director Dr. Abbas Barzegar said, “Anti-Muslim bigotry is now part of our mainstream public life. Not because average Americans are Islamophobic, but because special interest groups have abused tax-free charities, foundations and non-profit laws to further their hate-filled agenda.” He noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.


CAIR recently urged Mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures outlined in its ‘Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety’ booklet.


SEE: CAIR Urges Muslim Communities to Step Up Security During Upcoming Ramadan Fast


Community members are urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at   

CAIR’s App shares critical ‘Know Your Rights’ information and simplifies the process of reporting hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR urges American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered. For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here -  



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