Posted by: Gregoryno6 | February 14, 2020

Great dreams sometimes become sour realities.

If you’ve got wealth that you want to support good deeds once you’re gone, identify people doing those good deeds and give direct. No foundations, no trusts, no grand organisations wearing your name. Give it away and hope that the recipients stay on the right path.

The Tolkien Trust was founded by Tolkien’s children in the seventies to use some of the income from the estate of the celebrated philologist and author for charitable works. Two generations later, these works appear to have drifted quite far from anything that the conservative scholar might have wished…

While J.R.R. Tolkien was conservative, the Tolkien Trust’s spending on matters unrelated to its founder is similar to any other leftist trust.

In between those two quotes, Daniel Greenfield lays out a history of payments to very questionable causes.

I have visited the Trust’s website seeking comment on the beneficiaries of its donations.

If I’m reading the information at the bottom of the page correctly, the site hasn’t been updated since 2014.


  1. Couldn’t agree more about charities Greg. Yep, give the money directly where you see it’s needed.

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