IndyWeek, seeing the story on Civitas's posting of personal information on Moral Monday protestors, has turned the tables on Civitas, giving background information on the people that make up the organization. They note that the list of individuals working for Civitas disappeared from the organization's website as they were working on the story and the irony of Civitas's calls for transparency while being so secretive about itself.
Civitas Institute is a conservative think tank funded largely by the Pope Foundation, which has given it more than $8 million since its founding in 2005—about 97 percent of its income. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit. Art Pope sat on the institute’s board of directors until Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him as state deputy budget director.