Donald Trump runs a charitable foundation called the Trump Foundation. It is based in New York and it was started in the 1990s. Initially, Donald Trump was the sole donor to the charity, but over the years he has donated less and less while other donors that he has been loosely affiliated with have donated more and more.
Currently, the Trump Foundation has not obtained the proper certification to officially operate as a charity that brings in more than $25,000 per year soliciting donations from the public. This certification requires a rigorous audit of their financials and operations annually. This ensures that the donations are not spent for the personal benefit of charity leadership.
On October 3, 2016, the New York Attorney General ordered the Trump Foundation to immediately cease its fundraising in that state based on the reports that it had not submitted audits mandated by the state. The AG’s office also sent notice that the Trump Foundation had broken state law by collecting more than $25,000 in donations without filing properly with the state.
“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind AG Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement.
An investigation of the billionaires charitable activity shows that in 20 years, Trump has donated less than $7 million to charitable organizations. World Wrestling Entertainment donated to Trump’s organization in exchange for assistance from Trump. The foundation has also received at least two million dollars from business that have owed Donald Trump money.
The amounts that Trump has donated for political organizations far outmatch his charitable contributions. He has given more to the Citizens United Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League than any of the other charities he claims to support.