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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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four stars

96.66

125 Broad Street 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 549-2500   Web Site
EIN: 13-6213516

Board Leadership
Susan Herman
President

CEO
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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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Financial

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97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
86.9%
  Administrative Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.54
  Program Expenses Growth 12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 96.66 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $131,471,377
   Federated Campaigns $8,582,268
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $140,053,645
   Program Service Revenue $4,139,323
Total Primary Revenue $144,192,968
   Other Revenue $7,985,352
TOTAL REVENUE $152,178,320
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $107,473,810
   Administrative Expenses $4,266,984
   Fundraising Expenses $9,220,671
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $120,961,465
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $31,216,855
   
Net Assets $297,225,948

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Affiliate Support $60,011,761 55.8%
Litigation $34,212,655 31.8%
Education $11,890,802 11.1%

Ratings History
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-03 05/01/2018 96.66 four stars
2016-03 06/01/2017 94.07 four stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 94.39 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 02/01/2016 94.95 four stars
2014-03 08/01/2015 89.90 three stars
2013-03 11/01/2014 88.61 three stars
2013-03 06/01/2014 87.76 three stars
2012-03 06/01/2013 90.06 four stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 91.25 four stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 94.96 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 07/01/2011 98.67 four stars
2009-03 08/01/2010 92.89 four stars
2008-03 07/01/2009 98.02 four stars
2007-03 10/01/2008 98.01 four stars
2006-03 05/01/2008 95.54 four stars
2005-03 03/01/2006 95.39 four stars
2004-03 07/01/2005 91.95 four stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 92.42 four stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 89.30 three stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 89.22 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-6213516
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Anthony D. Romero Executive Director/CEO $490,139
Other Salaries of Note
$465,507 0.38% Steven Shapiro Legal Director --
$333,586 0.27% Michele Moore Director Of Communications --
$323,467 0.26% Geri Rozanski Director Affiliate Support/Advocacy --
$317,392 0.26% Mark Wier Chief Development Officer --
$279,456 0.23% Jefferey Robinson Deputy Legal Director --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 96.66 four stars
Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City (OK) 86.99 three stars
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CA) 89.39 three stars
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation (DC) 97.12 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

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
President

CEO

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

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