Adelson Family Foundation

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The Adelson Family Foundation (EIN: 20-4336659) is a grant making foundation which supports a number of Jewish and pro-Israel causes. The organisation was founded by American casino mogul and hardline Zionist Sheldon Adelson. In 2014 Adelson was ranked as the 15th richest American on the Forbes 400.[1]

A member of the Board of Directors of the conservative Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Adelson is also a generous contributor to such Israel lobby projects as AIPAC, One Jerusalem, Freedom's Watch, Taglit Birthright and the Jerusalem-based Adelson Institute. Adelson is a staunch opponent of the two-state solution in Israel-Palestine.[2]

The Adelson Family Foundation is a major donor to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Between 2002 - 2013 the foundation donated $339,600 to the FIDF.[3]

The American Islamic Congress has received funding from the foundation; the AIC has refused to engage with mainstream Muslim civil rights groups and forbade "members of its student arm, Project Nur, from discussing Palestine-related issues on campus."[4]

Foundation Grantees

Organisations supported by the Adelson Family Foundation include:

The America Israel Friendship League, American Coalition Against a Nuclear Iran, American Friends of IDC, American Friends of Lubavitch, American Islamic Congress, American Israel Education Foundation, American Society of Yad Vashem, Americans for Peace and Tolerance,America's Voices, Anti-Defamation League, Birthright Israel Foundation, Center for Jewish Community Studies, Christians United for Israel, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Endowment for Middle East Truth, Friends of Israel Initiative, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Israeli American Council, Israfest Foundation, Jewish National Fund, Jewish News Service, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Rethink Israel Initiative, The Adelson Educational Campus, US Holocaust Museum, and the Zionist Organization of America.[5]


Directors (circa 2013)

Miriam Adelson (Trustee) | Sheldon Adelson (Trustee) | Michael Bohnen (President)


Address Circa 2013:
300 First Avenue
Needham, MA

External resources


  1. Forbes Website Forbes 400. Accessed 9 March 2015.
  2. Connie Bruck, The Brass Ring: A multibillionaire’s relentless quest for global influence, New Yorker, 30 June 2008.
  3. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  4. Max Blumenthal, "American Task Force on Palestine finds funding from anti-Palestinian billionaire and a repressive monarchy," Mondoweiss, 27 Nov 2013
  5. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.