(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has redirected the total amount of funds contributed by GOP front running presidential candidate Donald Trump over the past decade to fund new anti-bias and anti-bullying education programs.
The total amount of the donations is $56,000.
“These undoubtedly were sincere gifts,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, in a statement released on Sunday. “But in light of the recent campaign, we have decided to redirect the total amount of funds that he contributed to ADL over the years specifically into anti-bias education programs that address exactly the kind of stereotyping and scapegoating that have been injected into this political season.”
The announcement comes a day before Trump is scheduled to address the largest gathering of American supporters of Israel at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference.
ADL also called on other groups, philanthropies and nonprofits to consider redirecting charitable funds given to them by Trump into similar initiatives “to combat hate, promote tolerance, and build a stronger American community,” the statement said.
The Trump money will go to expand ADL’s national Hate educational program by enabling schools in 10 regions — New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona and Las Vegas – to increase their anti-bias and anti-bullying work.
“We are taking this step to demonstrate that, even as the campaign has surfaced ugly rhetoric, we can reach higher,” said Greenblatt. “Even as his campaign has mainstreamed intolerance, we can push back on the hate and evoke our better angels not just with words, but with deeds.”