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American Civil Liberties Union

New York, NY • For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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American Civil Liberties Union

Introduction

American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit focused on civil liberties advocacy. With $146m in revenue and 363 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1967, American Civil Liberties Union is headquartered in New York, NY. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 88% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $115m.

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American Civil Liberties Union

$115m

Annual Budget
2017
Program Spend
87%
Fundraising Spend
9%
Management Spend
3%
Founded
1967
EIN
13-6213516
Headquarters
New York
# Employees
363
# Volunteers
93
IRS Filings
Other Ratings
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Mission and Work

Mission

As noted in its articles of incorporation, the mission of the aclu foundation is "to encourage, sponsor, and facilitate the cultivation and diffusion of knowledge and understanding of the various civil liberties and civil rights which are protected by the constitutions and laws of the united states or of the various states...to. Persons involved in activities wherein their civil rights and liberties...are. Threatened or infringed...". The aclu foundation today remains focused on the overarching goals set by its founders, serving as the nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the constitution and laws of the us guarantee. The aclu also works to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and persons with disabilities.

Litigation

$44.0m annual program spend • The aclu foundation's litigation program is the cornerstone of its civil liberties program. The aclu today is the nation's preeminent civil liberties organization, with a staff of attorneys in the national office working in collaboration with attorneys at affiliate offices nationwide to address cases involving a wide range of civil liberties issues. The aclu appears before the U.S. supreme court more than any other legal services organization or governmental agency except the U.S. department of justice.

Affiliate Support

$43.3m annual program spend • The aclu has an affiliate or chapter in every state and in puerto rico. Affiliates handle requests for legal assistance, lobby state legislatures and host educational forums throughout the year. The national aclu coordinates fundraising efforts with its affiliates and shares the proceeds of fundraising efforts with affiliates in accordance with a detailed policy. Through its affiliate support and nationwide initiatives department (asni), the national aclu also provides grants and support to affiliates on specific initiatives and projects that have been identified as involving matters of both local/regional and national significance. Asni offers training and technical assistance to affiliates across the country on a variety of topics of relevance.

Education

$13.1m annual program spend • Through newsletters, its website, advertisements, op-ed articles, media interviews, publications, social media, and numerous meetings and workshops conducted in collaboration with its affiliates throughout the us, the aclu foundation provides ongoing education to the aclu's 1.5 million members nationwide and to the public at large with respect to a wide range of civil liberties issues and concerns. A core component of the organization's educational campaigns is the emphasis on key rights, including first amendment rights to free speech, association and assembly; the right to equal protection under the law; the right to due process and to fair treatment when the loss of liberty or property is at stake; and the right to privacy and freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into personal and private affairs.

Where their money goes

Grants made

These are some of the grants American Civil Liberties Union has made in recent years to other charities.

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ACLU of Colorado

Denver, COThe ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest civil rights organization, protecting and defending the civil rights of all Coloradans through litigation, education and advocacy.
2 grant(s) totaling $832k

Nonprofit

ACLU of Arizona

Phoenix, AZACLU of Arizona is a nonprofit focused on civil liberties advocacy. With $1.9m in revenue and 15 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
2 grant(s) totaling $596k

Foundation

ACLU of Georgia

Atlanta, GAACLU of Georgia is a foundation focused on civil liberties advocacy. With $845k in revenue and 12 employees, it is a relatively small organization.
2 grant(s) totaling $591k

Nonprofit

ACLU SoCal

Los Angeles, CADonate now!
3 grant(s) totaling $3.0m

Nonprofit

ACLU of Montana

Helena, MTACLU of Montana is a nonprofit focused on civil liberties advocacy. With $2.1m in revenue and 17 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $1.1m

Nonprofit

ACLU of Missouri

Saint Louis, MOACLU of Missouri is a nonprofit focused on defense of human and civil rights. With $1.6m in revenue and 13 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $971k

Nonprofit

ACLU of Mississippi

Jackson, MSACLU of Mississippi is a nonprofit focused on civil rights and advocacy. With $1.1m in revenue and 14 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $1.1m

Nonprofit

ACLU of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NMACLU of New Mexico is a nonprofit focused on civil rights activities. With $2.3m in revenue and 26 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $1.5m

Nonprofit

ACLU of SC

Charleston, SCDonate now!
3 grant(s) totaling $310k

Nonprofit

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Tennessee

Nashville, TNAmerican Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Tennessee is a nonprofit. Founded in 1976, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Tennessee is headquartered in Nashville, TN.
3 grant(s) totaling $503k

Nonprofit

ACLU of Texas

Houston, TXACLU of Texas is a nonprofit focused on civil rights and advocacy for specific groups. With $3.7m in revenue and 43 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $1.1m

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