Scaife Foundations

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Scaife Family Foundation masthead, Credit: Scaife Family

The Scaife Foundations include the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Carthage Foundation, Allegheny Foundation, and the Scaife Family Foundation.

Scaife exclusively funds the ideological right wing. According to the Media Transparency website, the foundations are:

Financed by the Mellon industrial, oil and banking fortune. At one time its largest single holding was stock in the Gulf Oil Corporation. Became active in funding conservative causes in 1973, when Richard Mellon Scaife became chairman of the foundation.[1]


Conservative think tanks

The Scaife Family Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation have been major funders of the Hudson Institute, a pro-corporate, conservative think tank.[2][3]

Counterjihad donor

According to the Center for American Progress the Scaife Foundations contributed a total of $10,475,000 to the Islamophobia network between 2001 and 2012. [4]

The Sarah Scaife Foundation and Allegheny Foundation give significant funding to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which lists controversial counterjihad activist and author Robert Spencer as a staff member. [5] and over $5 million to the Center's predecessor organisation the Center for the Study of Popular Culture(1988-2006). [6]


Affiliations, Resources, Contact, References


Hudson Institute | Scaife Family Foundation | Sarah Scaife Foundation | Allegheny Foundation


  1. "The Scaife Foundations", Media Transparency website, accessed March 23 2009
  2. Grants to Hudson Institute, Inc. from Scaife Family Foundation, Media Transparency website, accessed March 28 2009
  3. "2006 Annual Report, Sarah Scaife Foundation, accessed March 28 2009
  4. Center for American Progress research is based on 990s filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, cited in Fear Inc 2.0
  5. See David Horowitz Freedom Center, Conservative Transparency database, accessed 2 March 2015
  6. Media Transparency listed [1]