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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Because freedom can't protect itself

94.39

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 94.39
  Financial 93.15
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

93.15

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
85.2%
  Administrative Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.40
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.2%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 94.39
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 91.69
Wellstone Action Fund (MN) 89.49
Alliance Defending Freedom (AZ) 90.04
ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts (MA) 88.96

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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 $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
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $72,389,328
   Administrative Expenses $5,192,577
   Fundraising Expenses $8,096,438
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $85,678,343
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,369,582
   
Net Assets $241,733,873

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
Litigation $30,369,224 41.9%
Affiliate Support $28,617,006 39.5%
Education $12,325,331 17.0%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-03 06/01/2016 94.39
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 02/01/2016 94.95
2014-03 08/01/2015 89.90
2013-03 11/01/2014 88.61
2013-03 06/01/2014 87.76
2012-03 06/01/2013 90.06
2011-03 05/01/2012 91.25
2010-03 09/20/2011 94.96
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 07/01/2011 98.67
2009-03 08/01/2010 92.89
2008-03 07/01/2009 98.02
2007-03 10/01/2008 98.01
2006-03 05/01/2008 95.54
2005-03 03/01/2006 95.39
2004-03 07/01/2005 91.95
2002-12 04/01/2004 92.42
2001-12 02/05/2003 89.30
2000-12 10/15/2002 89.22

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
  • March, 2012
  • March, 2011

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 $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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 94.39
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 86.84
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (IL) 88.05
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CO) 88.21
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 91.69

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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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