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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Because freedom can't protect itself

four stars

94.07

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 94.07 four stars
  Financial 92.64 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

92.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
85.4%
  Administrative Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.30
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.1%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 94.07 four stars
Centurion Ministries (NJ) 92.22 four stars
Taproot Foundation (CA) 89.77 three stars
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 88.70 three stars
Center for Individual Rights (DC) 93.91 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $89,139,071
   Federated Campaigns $332,970
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $89,472,041
   Program Service Revenue $5,422,660
Total Primary Revenue $94,894,701
   Other Revenue $368,142
TOTAL REVENUE $95,262,843
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $72,953,690
   Administrative Expenses $4,010,039
   Fundraising Expenses $7,293,913
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $84,257,642
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $11,005,201
   
Net Assets $245,648,787

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 $31,298,070 42.9%
Litigation $30,635,146 42.0%
Education $10,079,664 13.8%

Ratings History
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
  • March, 2012

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Anthony Romero Executive Director, CEO $483,127
Other Salaries of Note
$362,228 0.42% Steven Shapiro Legal Director --
$334,045 0.39% Emily Tynes Director of Communications --
$319,614 0.37% 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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 94.07 four stars
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MA) 86.86 three stars
Justice at Stake (DC) 86.78 three stars
The Florida Bar Foundation (FL) 85.39 three stars
First Liberty Institute (TX) 89.07 three 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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