Grantee Profile

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Grants to American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

  • $1,800,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan public-interest organization founded in 1920 and devoted to protecting basic civil liberties in the United States. With offices in all 50 states, and a network of 250 staff attorneys and over 1000 volunteer attorneys, it works through litigation, advocacy, and public education to monitor and defend Constitutional

    rights. The ACLU organizes its work nationally through four centers - Justice, Democracy, Liberty and Equality. This grant supports the ACLU's Center for Equality, which addresses issues affecting America's most vulnerable citizens, including immigrants, people of color, and the poor. A central focus of its work is directed to defending and expanding voting rights; challenging laws that unnecessarily discourage voting; and holding public agencies accountable to their responsibilities to register voters, define fair legislative districts, and reduce the barriers to increased voter participation.

  • $1,800,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan public-interest organization devoted to protecting basic civil liberties in the United States. It works through litigation, advocacy, and public education to monitor and defend Constitutional rights. Established in 1920, it is the nation’s oldest and largest civil liberties organization. It has 500,000 members, 200 staff lawyers and more than 1000 volunteer lawyers, and 54 affiliate chapters working at the local, state and national levels. This grant will support the work of the Center for Equality, which conducts work on racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and voting rights.

  • $1,000,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Technology

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of general operations.

  • $1,800,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $5,000,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — To strengthen key state affiliates.

  • $1,500,000

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Technology

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of the Safe and Free Program to protect civil liberties (over three years).

  • $1,000,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Technology

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $250,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In support of work to protect civil liberties in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

  • $300,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — To support the Children's Rights Project (over three years).

  • $300,000

    1987 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — To support the Children's Rights Project, a sustained litigation effort on behalf of Child Welfare systems in the United States (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded American Civil Liberties Union Foundation $14,750,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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