Some Concerned Over Trump Veteran Donations

While money raised during an event for veterans was donated to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, it was eventually given to various veterans' charities and not used for his presidential campaign.

  • Published 29 January 2016


The donations raised during a benefit event for veterans went to Donald J. Trump's personal foundation instead of veteran charities.

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?

Collected via e-mail, January 2016


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 was given to veterans' organizations and was not used for Trump's presidential campaign.


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:

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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 is supposed to 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.

In response to queries over the matter, on 31 May 2016 Donald Trump held a press conference to announce that he eventually gave “close to six million dollars” to veterans’ groups and that the press “should be ashamed of themselves” for asking questions about the money he donated.

“I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job,” Trump said in a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattann. He issued a list of the veterans groups who received the money, saying that “As of this moment, [the total amount donated] is $5.6 million. All of the money has been spent.”

Trump said he didn’t release the names of the veterans organizations sooner because he wanted to respect their privacy and asserted that the money for a number of these groups had already been delivered some time earlier.

Trump’s list of checks already issued read as follows:

22Kill: $200,000.

Achilles International : $200,000

American Hero Adventures: $100,000

Americas for equal living: $100,000

America’s vet dogs: the veteran canine corp Inc: $75,000

AmVets: $75,000

Armed Services YMCA: $75,000

Bob Woodruff Family Foundation Inc: $75,000

Central Iowa Shelter and Services: $100,000

Connected Warriors Inc: $75,000

Disabled American Veterans Charity: $115,000

Fisher House Foundation: $115,000

Folds of Honor Foundation: $200,000

Foundation for American Veterans: $75,000

Freedom Alliance : $75,000

Green Beret Foundation: $350,000

Higher Heroes USA: $75,000

Homes for our Troops: $100,000

Honoring America’s Warriors: $100,000

Hope for the Warriors: $65,000

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund: $175,000

Canines for Warriors: $50,000

Liberty House: $100,00

Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation: $1.1m (including $1m from Trump himself, he says)

Navy Seal Foundation: $465,000

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society: $75,000

New England Wounded Vets Inc: $75,000

Operation Home Front: $65,000

Project for Patriots: $100,000 (this “check is check is ready to go” but Trump is still vetting the group, he says, awaiting an “IRS determination letter”. “They have to give us that final document”.

Puppy Jake Foundation: $100,000

Racing for Heroes, Inc: $200,000

Support Siouxland Soldiers: $100,000

Task Force Dagger Foundation: $50,000

The Mission Continues: $75,000

National Military Families Inc: $75,000

Veterans Airlift Command: $100,000

Veterans Count: $25,000

Veterans in Command Inc: $150,000

Vietnam Veterans Workshop Inc: $75,000

Warriors for Freedom Foundation: $50,000

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