The NRA Foundation is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA) that functions as the lobbying organization’s charitable arm. The Foundation has awarded millions in grant funding to police organizations, gun clubs, and school groups.  
In 2020, the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office sued the Foundation, alleging that its finances were not independent from the NRA.  The NRA Foundation is challenging the allegations, and the case is unresolved as of June 2021.
The NRA Foundation was established in 1990. It is the charitable and education arm of the National Rifle Association (NRA).  The NRA Foundation has given $426 million in grants to promote firearms and hunting safety. It also supports public education programs on Second Amendment rights and firearms history.  
Fundraising and Grants
NRA Foundation volunteers raise money each year through Friends of the NRA, a fundraising organization established in 1992.  In 2019, about 1,100 Friends of NRA events across the United States raised $65 million for the NRA Foundation. 
The NRA Foundation contributed $7.3 million to 500 schools between 2010 and 2016. The foundation funds the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program for children and provides grants to the Boy Scouts, the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), agriculture clubs, and 4H groups.  
The NRA Foundation also awards grants to police and sheriff departments. 
In 2020, the office of District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine (D) sued the NRA Foundation alleging the Foundation did not operate independently of the NRA advocacy group, using tax-deductible dollars for non-exempt purposes. 
In 2018, the NRA Foundation reportedly gave $12 million to the NRA in grants, along with a $5 million loan.  In May 2019, the New York Times reported that since 2010, the NRA has received at least $206 million in assistance from the NRA Foundation. 
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre sat as an ex-officio member on the Foundation’s board of trustees. The NRA Foundation reportedly did not disclose donations between 2013 and 2017 to Youth for Tomorrow, which provides services for children with psychological and behavioral problems. LaPierre’s wife, Susan LaPierre, is a former president of Youth for Tomorrow and was a board member at the time of the donations. 
In September 2020, U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) led a letter written by Democratic U.S. Senators to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The letter urged the office to prevent federal employees from donating to the NRA Foundation through workplace giving programs. 
William H. Satterfield is the president of the NRA Foundation.  He is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former Army Ranger. Wayne Sheets is the executive director of the NRA Foundation.  Sheets is the owner of HWS Consulting, a fundraising firm used by the NRA.