Donating to the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation: What Is the Difference?

You can defend and advance civil liberties by donating to either the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or the ACLU Foundation.

ACLU: Gifts to the ACLU allow us the greatest flexibility in our work. While not tax deductible, they advance our extensive litigation, communications and public education programs. They also enable us to advocate and lobby in legislatures at the federal and local level to advance civil liberties. When you make a contribution to the ACLU, you become a “card-carrying” member who takes a stand for civil liberties.

ACLU Foundation: If you prefer to make a tax-deductible gift, we encourage you to support the ACLU Foundation. Gifts to the Foundation support our litigation, communications, and public education efforts, but by law, they cannot be used for legislative initiatives. With a gift of $1,000, you join the Crystal Eastman Leadership Society, a group of supporters leading the fight for equality and freedom.

Regardless of how you choose to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, we’re honored to have you as a partner in this critical work.