EIN 13-3871360

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

IRS 501(c) type
501(c)(4)
Num. employees
364
Year formed
1920
Most recent tax filings
2023-03-01
Description
The ACLU is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that advances civil liberties through extensive litigation, communications and public education programs. ACLU also advocates and lobbies legislatures at the federal and local level to advance civil liberties.
Related structure
ACLU is a parent organization to a group of 47 other organizations.
Total revenues
$146,699,874
2023
Total expenses
$174,521,367
2023
Total assets
$181,410,698
2023
Num. employees
364
2023

Program areas at ACLU

Affiliate support - the aclu has an affiliate or chapter in every state and in the district of columbia and 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 (asni) department, the national aclu 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 provides ongoing training and technical assistance to affiliates on a variety of topics of relevance. The $78,951,114 of expenses includes grants to affiliates, beyond the $3,274,988 grant, to support legislative initiatives.
Legislative advocacy - the aclu's legislative advocates are a constant presence on capitol hill and in state legislatures, where they work to address Civil Liberties issues. Based primarily in the aclu's Washington, dc office, the organization's legislative policy team works to ensure that proposed legislation moves towards, rather than away, from the Civil Liberties goals of the organization. Working in collaboration with staff from aclu affiliates across the country and in coalition with other groups with a shared interest in specific Civil Liberties issues, the aclu conducts research, publishes position papers, hosts forums for the public, and meets with key legislators and members of their staffs to discuss strategies to protect Civil Liberties and rights.
EDUCATION - THROUGH NEWSLETTERS, ITS COMPREHENSIVE 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 PROVIDES ONGOING EDUCATION TO ITS 1,200,000 supporters AND TO THE PUBLIC AT LARGE CONCERNING A WIDE RANGE OF CIVIL LIBERTIES ISSUES. THE ORGANIZATION'S EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS EMPHASIZE 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.

Grants made by ACLU

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Reproductive Freedom for AllSee Part Iv$2,000,000
American Civil Liberties Union of ArkansasAffiliate Program$700,000
Promote the Vote 2022See Part Iv$500,000
...and 41 more grants made totalling $8,170,395

Who funds American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
GrantmakerDescriptionAmount
Open Society Policy CenterSupport Policy Advocacy$5,000,000
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern CaliforniaLegislative$3,000,000
The Just Trust for ActionGeneral Operating Support$3,000,000
...and 129 more grants received totalling $17,003,831

Personnel at ACLU

NameTitleCompensation
Anthony D RomeroExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer$695,560
Charizma T WilliamsChief Operating Officer$419,928
Terence R DoughertyDeputy Executive Director Operations and General Counsel$514,989
Larisa MuellerChief Financial Officer$0
Rebecca Lowell EdwardsChief Communications Officer$0
...and 18 more key personnel

Financials for ACLU

RevenuesFYE 03/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$145,449,342
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$1,025,033
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$10,758
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-728,965
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$943,706
Total revenues$146,699,874

Form 990s for ACLU

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2023-032023-10-12990View PDF
2022-032022-11-14990View PDF
2021-032021-11-17990View PDF
2020-032021-06-08990View PDF
2019-032020-01-10990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Freedom HouseWashington, DC$93,499,518
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $2,000,000 from Sandler Foundation
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 35 new grant, including a grant for $5,000,000 from Open Society Policy Center
December 3, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2023
December 2, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 12 new personnel
November 27, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsHuman rights organizationsCivil rights and social justice organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizations
Issues
EducationHuman rightsCriminal justiceVoting rights
Characteristics
MembershipsPolitical advocacyNational levelEndowed support
General information
Address
125 Broad St 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
County
New York County, NY
Website URL
aclu.org/ 
Phone
(212) 549-2500
Facebook page
aclu.nationwide 
Twitter profile
@aclu 
IRS details
EIN
13-3871360
Fiscal year end
March
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
1920
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
No
Categorization
NTEE code, primary
R60: Civil Liberties Advocacy
NAICS code, primary
813311: Human Rights Organizations
Parent/child status
Parent of group exemption
Central organization
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