Over the past four years, the group’s revenue has averaged $510,000. The bump in funding comes from a year-end matching grant, but donors have not been revealed. According to Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, lobbyist for Equality Virginia, this is more cash than was spent for 2006′s marriage amendment campaign.
Family Foundation’s former executive director Martin Brown now heads Virginia’s Social Services Department. The State Board of Social Services recently dropped revisions that would protect sexual orientation in Virginia’s adoption policies. According to the Independent, the Family Foundation lobbied heavily for the pro-discrimination policies.
Ignite, a campaign being used nationwide by conservative groups has been adopted by the Family Foundation (PDF). The literature includes support from Eric Cantor, “It is difficult to imagine how Virginia would look today without The Family Foundation’s vigilant grassroots programs and the dedicated men and women who are the heart and soul of this proud institution.”
It also reiterates the Foundation’s beliefs including marriage as between one man and one woman. Ignite includes a threefold plan for an “Enduring Cultural Transformation” – Education, Legislation/Promoting Values, and Providing Accountability.
What’s your take on the new upswing of cash for the organization?