EIN 13-3871360

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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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.

Program areas at ACLU

Affiliate support - 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 (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 $70,339,739 of expenses includes grants to affiliates, beyond the $6,644,182 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 1,600,000 members 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.

Form 990s for ACLU

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-032021-06-08990View PDF
2019-032020-01-10990View PDF
2018-032018-11-15990View PDF
2017-032017-12-05990OView PDF
2016-032017-01-18990OView PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Sandler FoundationGeneral Support$2,000,000
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...and 90 more grants received

Grants made by ACLU

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Yes on 805Ballot Initiative$800,000
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...and 40 more grants made

Financials for ACLU

RevenuesFYE 03/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$138,483,927
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$2,184,485
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-566,270
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$302,041
Total revenues$140,404,183

Personnel at ACLU

Terence DoughertyChief Operating Officer and General Counsel$415,274
Charizma WilliamsChief Financial Officer$169,977
Rebecca Lowell EdwardsChief Communications Officer
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...and 17 more key personnel

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General information
125 Broad Street 18TH Floor
New York, NY 10004
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
Website URL
(212) 549-2500
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
R60: Civil Liberties Advocacy
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
Parent/child status
Parent of group exemption
Central organization