In an extensive report from the Center for American Progress entitled, Fear Inc,: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, a trail of organizations, people and institutions that influenced and financed the growth of Islamophobia in the United States is examined.
There are two current articles about this study which describe the report in detail:
However what I think is worth pointing out is that, according to the study, of the seven top donors to Islamophobia in this country, each of them has ties to either conservative or religious organizations. I think a general conclusion can be made the main sources for Islamophobia in this country do not come from the secular community. The following information about the these donors is from pages 16-23 of the study:
• Donors Capital Fund - In 2009, Donors Capital Fund provided nearly $60 million in contributions to
a variety of mainstream conservative groups, none of which are Islamophobic.
Donations included: the American Enterprise Institute ($2.7 million); the antiregulatory
Americans for Prosperity Foundation ($1.1 million); the Sam Adams
Alliance, which seeks to “raise awareness of free market principles and policy”
($3.2 million);7 the Heartland Institute, an advocate of free-market principles
and partner with cigarette maker Philip Morris ($2.2 million);8 the State Policy
Network, a network of free market-oriented think tanks ($2.6 million); and the
Federalist Society, a conservative organization that promotes an originalist interpretation
of the Constitution ($1.3 million).
• Richard Mellon Scaife foundations - Richard M. Scaife is the billionaire “funding father of the right” who contributes to numerous mainstream conservative causes, think tanks, foundations, and
advocacy groups through three foundations: the Sarah Scaife, the Carthage, and
the Allegheny. 14 He is the principal heir to the Mellon family banking, oil, and
aluminum fortune, with an estimated worth of $1.2 billion. He is ranked 993 on
Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires.
• Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation - The Bradley Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to mainstream conservative think tanks and groups that are not Islamophobic, including the Cato Institute,
the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the Institute
for American Values, and the Hudson Institute, to name a few.21 Between 2000 and
2005 the foundation also contributed more than $1.2 million to the Project for the
New American Century, a highly influential think tank during the George W. Bush
administration that helped develop his military and foreign policy.
• Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust - The Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker Foundation’s tax filings describe its mission statement as conducting philanthropy “directed to the Jewish community, particularly Jewish organizations and programs that combat media bias against Israel and the Jewish people, Israel advocacy, and democracy defense.
• Russell Berrie Foundation - The goal of the Russell Berrie Foundation is to “promote the continuity and enrichment of Jewish communal life,” foster “the spirit of religious understanding and pluralism,” and to raise “the awareness of terrorism.”
• Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund -The Anchorage Fund contributed tens of thousands of dollars to mainstream conservative institutions such as the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonpartisan policy institute; the Hoover Institution; the Hudson Institute; the American Enterprise Institute; and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
• Fairbrook Foundation - In 2009, the last year for which we have complete financial information, the Fairbrook Foundation provided tens of thousands of dollars to mainstream conservative foundations that are not Islamophobic, such as the Hudson Institute and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The full study is found here.