ADL to Redirect Donations From Trump to Anti-bias Education

Ahead of the controversial candidate's AIPAC speech, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt says the group no longer wants the money he once contributed 'in light of how Trump has changed.'

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Vandalia, Ohio, March 12, 2016.
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Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt writes in TIME Magazine on Sunday that the organization will redirect some $56,000 contributed by Trump to anti-bias education programs.

Greenblatt says the funds will go to groups "that address exactly the kind of stereotyping and scapegoating he has injected into this political season."

"For starters, we plan to use these funds to expand our nationally renowned No Place for Hate educational program and enable schools in 10 regions across the country to increase their anti-bias and anti-bullying work," Greenblatt writes.

ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt
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He urged other philanthropies and Jewish organizations to do the same.

Greenblatt writes that Trump's past gifts to the ADL and his having spoken out against discriminatory practices at Florida resorts in the late 1990s were "undoubtedly sincere."

"But in light of how Trump has changed, ADL's leadership has decided that we must change how we approach his contributions to our organization," he added.

Trump is scheduled to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference on Monday, an appearance that has raised controversy in the Jewish community. At least one Jewish group has already announced its intentions to protest his AIPAC speech