Type: Private Family Foundation
The MZ Foundation is a California-based private family foundation founded by real estate magnate Myron Zimmerman in the 1990s with the purpose to fight anti-Semitism and advance pro-Israel advocacy. The Foundation provides financial support to groups including the Zionist Organization of America and the Central Fund of Israel. Since 2012, Zimmerman has contributed more than $1 million to fund Israeli settlements in the West Bank region.
From 2014 to 2016, the MZ Foundation has poured nearly $1.5 million into more than a dozen anti-Muslim hate groups. Grants included $225,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, $187,500 to the Middle East Forum, and $180,000 to the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The MZ Foundation also boasts its aggressive support for organizations dedicated to misinforming the public about Islam and Muslims such as the Gatestone Institute, the Lawfare Project, and ACT for America.