NEW YORK, New York, 10004-2400 United States

Mission Statement

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been on the forefront of defending, preserving, and advancing the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee every person in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, pursuing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or access to women’s healthcare, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues. With more than 4 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights.

About This Cause

The ACLU is a network of national and state affiliate offices filing cases in both state and federal courts. In addition, our Washington Legislative Office lobbies Congress to pass bills that advance or defend civil liberties and defeat those that do not, and our affiliates work in state houses across the country to do the same. The ACLU also uses strategic communications to engage and organize grassroots supporters and advocates on the most pressing civil liberties issues of our time. The ACLU is nonprofit and nonpartisan. We do not receive any government funding. Member dues as well as contributions and grants from businesses, private foundations, and individuals pay for the work we do. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU Foundation. Contributions to the ACLU Foundation are tax-deductible while gifts to the ACLU are not. Both the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation support the organization’s extensive litigation, communications, and public education programs. However, certain important activities carried out by the organization, such as lobbying, cannot be supported with tax-deductible gifts and are funded through the ACLU. Donations made through Benevity to the ACLU are directed to the ACLU Foundation and are fully tax-deductible. In addition, in accordance with most corporate matching gift policies which state that only tax-deductible contributions will be matched, Benevity can only process matching gift requests for gifts made to the ACLU Foundation.

125 Broad Street, 18Th Floor
NEW YORK, New York 10004-2400
United States
Phone 212-549-2500
Twitter @aclu
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