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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

We the People

95.38

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

Board Leadership
Deborah Archer
President

CEO
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.38
  Financial 94.85
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

94.85

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.40
  Program Expenses Growth 12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.3%
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) 95.38
ACLU Foundation of Maryland (MD) 96.33
Juvenile Law Center (PA) 91.86
State Voices (DC) 91.45
Urban League of Greater Madison (WI) 86.34

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $172,821,503
   Federated Campaigns $3,615,609
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $176,437,112
   Program Service Revenue $6,034,520
Total Primary Revenue $182,471,632
   Other Revenue $3,008,571
TOTAL REVENUE $185,480,203
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $115,149,007
   Administrative Expenses $10,300,013
   Fundraising Expenses $15,898,797
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $141,347,817
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $44,132,386
   
Net Assets $389,528,388

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 $52,109,151 45.3%
Affiliate Support $46,800,594 40.6%
Education $12,138,361 10.5%

Ratings History
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-03 08/03/2021 95.38
2019-03 06/01/2020 92.02
2018-03 04/01/2019 96.66
2017-03 05/01/2018 96.66
2016-03 06/01/2017 94.07
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

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, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Anthony D. Romero Executive Director, CEO $560,344
Other Salaries of Note
$456,400 0.32% David D. Cole National Legal Director --
$425,479 0.30% Mark V. Wier Chief Development Officer --
$399,166 0.28% Michele M. Moore Chief Communication Officer --
$363,968 0.25% Kary L. Moss Affiliate Support --

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 95.38
Muslim Advocates (DC) 87.03
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (CA) 88.80
Institute for Justice (VA) 96.93
Juvenile Law Center (PA) 91.86

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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

Deborah Archer
President

CEO

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

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