The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Iowa is the “educational” arm of the Iowa affiliate of the left-leaning ACLU activist organization. Founded in 1935, ACLU Iowa focuses on freedom of speech, abortion rights, voting rights, women’s rights, disability rights, and left-of-center race-relations policy, among other issues within the state of Iowa. 
The ACLU Iowa splits its activity between Legal and Legislative efforts.
ACLU Iowa provides free legal assistance to individuals involved in civil rights disputes with Iowa state or local governments. Upon being contacted by a defendant, ACLU Iowa will review the case, and potentially seek attorneys to take the case pro bono. 
The Foundation’s highest-profile case of 2019 was for Jon Goldsmith, a 50-year-old man from Red Oak, Iowa, who was charged with third-degree harassment after criticizing police conduct on his own Facebook page. With ACLU Iowa’s assistance, the charges were dropped and Goldsmith successfully counter-sued, resulting in a $10,000 settlement. 
ACLU Iowa supports left-of-center issues legislatively through lobbying and by publishing an annual scorecard on how closely the voting records of Iowan legislators at the state and federal levels accord with ACLU values.  The Foundation’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm, ACLU Iowa, issues an annual scorecard of legislative votes: In 2018, of Iowa’s four federal Representatives, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) had the highest score of 88% while Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and then-Rep. David Young (R-IA) each had a score of 0%.