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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 549-2500
EIN: 13-6213516

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Board Leadership

Susan Herman


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Because freedom can't protect itself

(out of 100)
Overall 94.95 4 stars
  Financial 94.09 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 4 stars
This rating was published 02/01/2016 using data for FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2015 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Primary Revenue Growth 11.3%
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.32
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation on the FY2015 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 03/2015)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $79,216,984
   Federated Campaigns $364,441
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $79,581,425
   Program Service Revenue $3,842,201
Total Primary Revenue $83,423,626
   Other Revenue $10,624,299
TOTAL REVENUE $94,047,925
   Program Expenses $72,389,328
   Administrative Expenses $5,192,577
   Fundraising Expenses $8,096,438
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,369,582
Net Assets $241,733,873


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 03/2015)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Anthony Romero Executive Director, CEO $468,564
Other Salaries of Note
$352,468 0.41% Steven Shapiro Legal Director --
$326,875 0.38% Emily Tynes Director of Communications --
$310,123 0.36% Geri Rozanski Director, Affiliate Support and Advocacy --


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation is the arm of the ACLU that conducts litigation and communication efforts. The Foundation provides legal presentation in cases involving issues of civil liberties and constitutional rights ranging from administrative hearings to trials and appeals. In addition, the Foundation educates the public as to civil liberties and constitutional rights by disseminating literature and other publications. The ACLU Foundation preserves and promotes civil rights and liberties as guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

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