Grantee Profile

Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU

Grants to Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU

  • $150,000

    2017 (Duration 1 year)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) is the charitable arm of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Illinois defends the U.S. Constitution, federal law, and state law where those authorities protect individuals. It seeks to overturn laws or policies that deprive persons of their rights. With this award, the ACLU of Illinois responds to threats to the rights and liberties of racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups in Illinois. These threats stem from aggressive law enforcement in general, and from policies directed specifically toward immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and other minorities. To counter these threats, the ACLU of Illinois engages citizens and mobilizes public campaigns, advocates for sound policy, and litigates in the courts.

  • $300,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Criminal Justice

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Roger Baldwin Foundation (the Baldwin Foundation) supports the American Civil Liberties Union’s education, advocacy and litigation strategies to promote and defend civil liberties in Illinois. As a leader in justice reform in the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois’ (ACLU) has aimed at reducing the state’s population of incarcerated individuals and improving diversion and reentry options. This award brings the Foundation’s incarceration reduction strategy to ground in Illinois by enabling the ACLU, as part of a “right-left” collaboration with the Illinois Policy Institute, to expand public engagement and build support for criminal justice reform, helping to create the supportive public climate necessary to achieve success. This award supports research, public education, and a targeted outreach campaign aimed at gaining public and policy maker support for diversion and reentry reforms in Illinois.

  • $50,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Race and Poverty Project.

  • $15,000

    1990 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support work in reproductive rights.

  • $42,000

    1983 (Inactive Grant)

    Community Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support Institutionalized Persons Project.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU $557,000 between 1978 and 2018.

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