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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California

Protecting civil liberties in California since 1934

three stars

87.28

39 Drumm Street San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 621-2493   Web Site
EIN: 94-0279770

Board Leadership
Magan Pritam Ray
Chair

CEO
Abdi Soltani
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.28 three stars
  Financial 82.47 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Northern California is the arm of the ACLU-NC that conducts litigation, policy research and education efforts in support of civil liberties. Founded in 1934, the ACLU-NC works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. We aim to extend these freedoms to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. In addition to the litigation for which the ACLU-NC has been known over the past seven decades, we also educate the public, inform the media, lobby legislators, organize grassroots activists, and disseminate information about our constitutional freedoms through our membership and volunteer chapters.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Northern California is the arm of the ACLU-NC that conducts litigation, policy research and education efforts in support of civil liberties. Founded in 1934, the ACLU-NC works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. We aim to extend these freedoms to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. In addition to the litigation for which the ACLU-NC has been known over the past seven decades, we also educate the public, inform the media, lobby legislators, organize grassroots activists, and disseminate information about our constitutional freedoms through our membership and volunteer chapters.

Financial

three stars

82.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
67.4%
  Administrative Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.41
  Program Expenses Growth 20.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (CA) 87.28 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,053,281
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $17,053,281
   Program Service Revenue $1,002,571
Total Primary Revenue $18,055,852
   Other Revenue $451,867
TOTAL REVENUE $18,507,719
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,831,718
   Administrative Expenses $1,907,438
   Fundraising Expenses $1,365,267
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,104,423
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,403,296
   
Net Assets $35,111,444

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
Dedicated Policy Projects $5,341,902 68.2%
Legal Program $1,706,920 21.8%
Communications and Public Education $782,896 10.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-03 08/01/2018 87.28 three stars
2016-03 07/01/2017 85.06 three stars
2015-03 10/01/2016 82.25 three stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 85.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 11/01/2015 80.36 three stars
2013-03 11/01/2014 88.23 three stars
2012-03 09/01/2013 88.37 three stars
2011-03 08/01/2012 75.94 two stars
2011-03 07/01/2012 75.53 two stars
2010-03 10/01/2011 81.27 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 81.08 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 07/01/2011 69.19 one star
2009-03 06/01/2010 75.89 two stars
2008-03 09/01/2009 80.90 three stars
2007-03 10/01/2008 70.99 two stars
2006-03 07/01/2007 83.77 three stars
2005-03 07/01/2006 79.55 two stars
2004-03 07/01/2005 78.84 two stars
2003-03 08/01/2004 86.22 three stars
2002-03 02/01/2004 80.63 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 94-0279770
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 October, 1962
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, 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
$142,498 1.28% Abdol Soltani Executive Director $35,625

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (CA) 87.28 three stars
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The National Italian American Foundation (DC) 89.00 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 621-2493
fax: (415) 255-1478
TTY: (415) 863-7832
EIN: 94-0279770

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Board Leadership

Magan Pritam Ray
Chair

CEO

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director

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