Claim: The donations raised during a benefit event for veterans went to Donald J. Trump's personal foundation instead of veteran charities.
WHAT'S TRUE: The money raised during a Donald Trump-hosted event for veterans was donated to the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
WHAT'S FALSE: The money will not go to veterans and instead be used for Trump's presidential campaign.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2016]
Trump putting money he raised for veterans in a personal account from last nights fund raiser. Is this true?
He set this page up on the morning of the debate that he skipped, and all contributions went to his personal foundation? What will he sell the American public next?
Origin:While most of the leading Republican presidential candidates attended a Fox News-hosted debate in Iowa on 28 January 2016, Donald Trump boycotted the event (as a protest over Fox's allowing Megyn Kelly, whom Trump felt had asked him "unfair questions in a previous debate, to serve as a moderator) and instead hosted his own event as a fund-raiser for veterans.
Trump instructed supporters to visit the web site of the Donald J Trump Foundation for Vets in order to make donations to the cause. Some potential donors were skeptical, however, as the receiving entity was listed as the Donald J Trump Foundation and not a veterans' charity:
The Donald J Trump Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. An email confirmation with a summary of your donation will be sent to the email address provided above.
While it's true that the $6 million raised by Trump during his veterans' charity event on 28 January 2016 was initially paid to The Donald J Trump Foundation, that foundation will disburse the donations, along with another $1 million donated by Trump himself, to a variety of veteran's charities:
The GOP front-runner, who hosted his own event in Des Moines, Iowa, after boycotting the Republican debate just three miles down the road, announced that he had raised $6 million to donate to veterans groups. Trump donated $1 million of his own money to the cause.
The money raised during Trump's special event to benefit veterans initially went to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, but it's inaccurate to say that the money ended up in the candidate's personal account or will be used to fund his presidential campaign.
The full list of veterans organizations Donald Trump singled out for donations is as follows:
American Hero Adventures in Eugene, OR
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust in Cold Spring, KY
Fisher House Foundation in Rockville, MD
Folds of Honor in Owasso, Oklahoma
Homes for our Troops in Taunton, MA
America's Warriors in El Reno, OK
Hope for the Warriors in Annandale, VA
K9 for Warriors in Ponte Vedra, FL
Liberty House in Manchester, NH
Mulberry Street Veterans Shelter in Des Moines, IA
Seal Foundation in Virginia Beach, VA
Operation Homefront in Quincy, MA
Partners for Patriots in Liberty, TN
Projects for Patriots in Sioux City, IA
Puppy Jake in Des Moines, IA
Racing for Heroes in Mill Hall, PA
Support Siouxland Soldiers in Sioux City, IA
Task Force Dagger Foundation in McKinney, TX
The Green Beret Foundation in San Antonio, TX
Veterans Airlift Command in St. Louis Park, MN
Warriors for Freedom in Stillwater, OK
22Kill in Dallas, TX
Last updated: 29 January 2016
Originally published: 29 January 2016