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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Reproductive Rights

Mission: As noted in its articles of incorporation, the mission of the aclu foundation is "to encourage, sponsor, and facilitate the cultivation and diffusion of knowledge and understanding of the various civil liberties and civil rights which are protected by the constitutions and laws of the united states or of the various states. . . To persons involved in activities wherein their civil rights and liberties. . . Are threatened or infringed. . . " the aclu foundation today remains focused on the overarching goals set by its founders, serving as the nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the constitution and laws of the us guarantee. The aclu also works to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and persons with disabilities.

Programs: Litigation - the aclu foundation's litigation program is the cornerstone of its civil liberties program. The aclu today is the nation's preeminent civil liberties organization, with a staff of attorneys in the national office working in collaboration with attorneys at affiliate offices nationwide to address cases involving a wide range of civil liberties issues. The aclu appears before the u. S. Supreme court more than any other legal services organization or governmental agency except the u. S. Department of justice.

affiliate support - the aclu has an affiliate or chapter in every state and in puerto rico. Affiliates handle requests for legal assistance, lobby state legislatures and host educational forums throughout the year. The national aclu coordinates fundraising efforts with its affiliates and shares the proceeds of fundraising efforts with affiliates in accordance with a detailed policy. Through its affiliate support and advocacy department, the national aclu also provides grants and support to affiliates on specific initiatives and projects that have been identified as involving matters of both local/regional and national significance. The affiliate support and advocacy department offers training and technical assistance to affiliates across the country on a variety of topics of relevance.

education - through newsletters, its website, advertisements, op-ed articles, media interviews, publications, social media, and numerous meetings and workshops conducted in collaboration with its affiliates throughout the us, the aclu foundation provides ongoing education to the aclu's 500,000 members nationwide and to the public at large with respect to a wide range of civil liberties issues and concerns. A core component of the organization's educational campaigns is the emphasis on key rights, including first amendment rights to free speech, association and assembly; the right to equal protection under the law; the right to due process and to fair treatment when the loss of liberty or property is at stake; and the right to privacy and freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into personal and private affairs.

legislative advocacy - the aclu seeks to impact civil liberties through work on legislation at the federal and state level, as appropriate. The organization's legislative advocates are a constant presence on federal and state civil liberties legislative issues. Updates on key legislative issues impacting civil liberties are included in mail, email, and other communications to aclu members nationwide, as well as in public education campaigns. In addition, the aclu develops policy relating to positions on civil liberties issues.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Make no mistake about it. The ACLU is an ultra partisan arm of the Democratic party. They champion causes strictly based on political alignment to the party. They will ignore conservative calls for representation to the point of attacking the person and organization. They are selectively anti-religion (specifically Judeo-Christian) and are vocal against efforts of such organizations to help the poor and socially outcast -preferring Government intervention and regulation to real charity. If you go to the ACLU for a free speech issue, expect a litmus test with a solid decline if your issue has any inkling to a republican or conservative angle.

Review from Guidestar

8 Laurel K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the ACLU local attorney volunteers in North San Diego County, CA. I can only speak from what I have observed in my own community, so please do not bombard me with any comments saying I am supporting a terrorist enemy because that is not true where I live. They really do stand up for the underdog. I would be in the underdog category, so I can appreciate the issues taken up by the ACLU. They fight injustice locally by taking up causes I care deeply about, such as ending mass incarceration, reigning in the surveillance state that we have become, challenging racist acts committed by an ignorant but powerful minority of law enforcers that do not follow the rules, challenging statutes that criminalize homelessness and poverty, and enacting change using the methods our Founding Fathers had envisioned when they gave us our Constitution. They do not use intimidation or fear to mobilize their followers. They follow the Bill of Rights.
There are so many important little things that many people would not know about that the ACLU gets involved with. In Escondido, California, my neighboring city, police were routinely holding daytime checkpoints unrelated to public safety. These checkpoints , held weekday mornings along popular workforce commuter routes, deliberately targeted the working poor over petty DMV issues like expired tags or not having insurance. What people might not realize is that having liability car insurance is not going to keep drivers any safer. When accidents happen, only a small fraction of these policies are worth the paper they're printed on. The only motivation for holding these so called " public safety checks" was to take people's private property and give it away to the shady impound yards in order to legalize the paperwork of their vehicle thefts , make an ill gotten profit by reselling them,then , eventually towing them them away again.
Excessive fines were imposed upon hard working families, leaving vulnerable people worse off than they would have been had they opted NOT to work, and stayed home on welfare.
Because of ACLU intervention, they do not tow cars over petty non safety issues in Escondido, CA anymore. They let you park it and have someone pick it up for you if you are unlicensed. Daytime checkpoints are no longer happening anywhere around San Diego County that I am aware of.
This might seem like nothing to some people, but for some guy who just reentered society and is trying to get his life on track, losing your only transportation means losing your way to make money legally. The buses and trolleys are no longer a feasible way to get around in my county. Public transportation has become too cost prohibitive and really does not get you where you need to be. These are the pesky details which cause people to revert back to crime. The ACLU is doing a great service to taxpayers by keeping the justice system just. They make a big difference by making bad laws different, one case at a time.
Thank you for reading my review.
Please see my fundraiser that I just started on my public Facebook page to support this great organization. I understand that many people can't afford to make a donation, so if you are like me in that respect, just share my post in as many groups as you can and we can show our appreciation by spreading the word. If you have money to donate, I can think of nothing more important than the selfless work these fine attorneys are doing to keep our country on the right track. Freedom isn't free, unless people like you support the ACLU. This allows attorneys to represent people for free in order to uphold our values as a free society.


Respectfully Submitted,

Laurel Kaskurs
Oceanside, CA USA

Review from Guidestar

6

Donor

Rating: 5

There are uncountable environmental organizations to compare among and choose to support; however, for safeguarding U.S. Constitutional rights, I know of no other even handed non-profits doing the work; therefore this is the very best. And absolutely needed!

I would like civil liberties to be expanded to prohibit all forms of governmental coercion of individuals who's private actions are not infringing on others rights. But this task is best done by other groups, so the ACLU remains pure, protecting the foundation of the country.

8 Osama_Abotaleb

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a PhD researcher, By a thesis on the role of civil society organizations in the protection of individual rights and freedoms , A comparative study between United States and Egypt.
I studied ACLU as a case study and i found it one of the best organizations around the world.
Best regards to them

Review from Guidestar

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is not only one of the stellar non-profits in the country, but it is also the best place I have ever worked. The administration and management care don't just care about the issues, they care about the staff. I have a disability, and I have never encountered an employer - private, public, or non-profit - who was more willing to work with the accommodations I needed, while still appreciating my contributions to the organization.

Review from Guidestar

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never called on the services of the ACLU, but always have cherished it as an organization with the highest standards doing one of the nation's most urgent jobs!

Your name has NEVER been besmirched and I trust implicitly the stands that you take and your methods for achieving and protecting civil liberties for ALL.

I try never to break the law, but it's reassuring to know that YOU are out there if my civil liberties are abridged. Thank you for your many works of good service.

Review from Guidestar

12

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the greatest Charities to support American civil liberties you will find. There are many people who find it fashionable to gripe about them and complain, however these people do not know civil law or their own Constitution. If these people knew anything about the Constitution, they would know what an outstanding charity the ACLU is. The ACLU will (and have) help ANYONE whose civil liberties are infringed upon. I applaud the work the ACLU does and am a proud supporter. I am honored to donate a portion of my paycheck every week to this great charity.

Review from CharityNavigator

10 Kenneth R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group is the most UNAMERICAN that has very been.It makes the KKK look like babies, because it uses our own court system against the people of this Great Country.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The ACLU fails us when its web pages don't even mention numerous civil liberties issues that are beyond a narrow political agenda. The ACLU's complicity of silence in countless crimes against humanity will not be forgotten. Even a casual glance at our country reveals that the ACLU is losing their stagnant, reactionary fight to preserve freedom - increasing our freedom is never part of their plan. Our condition will continue to worsen until people stop putting all of their faith in organizations that sound good but don't have our best interests at heart.