Examining Undocumented Foreign Funding of American Universities, Implications for Education and Rising Antisemitism

Dr. Charles Asher Small
Michael Bass

Based on findings submitted to the

The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) commends the US Department of Education for its response to the research and data provided by ISGAP regarding the unreported foreign funding of certain US universities, including Harvard and Yale.

For more than seven years, ISGAP’s “Follow the Money” research project has assessed the foreign funding of leading US universities by Middle Eastern autocratic regimes, foundations, and affiliated corporations. In addition, it has examined funding provided by US-based corporations and foundations with connections to anti-democratic forces and ideologies in the Middle East. As reported by major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and BBC News, it appears that Harvard and Yale have not identified or reported donations and contracts with foreign governments in the amount of at least $375 million. This is also borne out by ISGAP’s research.

ISGAP founder Dr. Charles Asher Small originally presented the research team’s findings at an antisemitism summit hosted by the US Department of Justice on July 15, 2019, which was attended by Attorney General William P. Barr, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.

A video of Dr. Small’s remarks can be found by clicking here.

Several major news organizations have reported on these groundbreaking revelations, including:

“Harvard and Yale Ensnared in Education Dept. Crackdown on Foreign Funding”
Erica L. Green and Ellen Barry, New York Times

“Education Department Investigating Harvard, Yale over Foreign Funding”
Kate O’Keeffe, Wall Street Journal

“US Investigates Harvard and Yale over Foreign Funding”
BBC News