Non-profit

New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Website:

www.nyclu.org/

Location:

NEW YORK, NY

Tax ID:

90-0808294

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $10,710,268
Expenses: $9,269,149
Assets: $20,742,262

Type:

Support organization for public interest law firm

The New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NYCLU Foundation) is the sister organization of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York state-level affiliate of the left-of-center American Civil Liberties Union. The NYCLU Foundation, which can receive tax deductible donations, was created to support the work of the NYCLU. [1]

Background

The New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. Its website states the NYCLU Foundation was created to support the NYCLU’s work through litigation, education, and communications. [2] Due to US tax law, the NYCLU Foundation is limited in the extent to which it can engage in activities such as lobbying, which the NYCLU can do, but, in exchange, donations to the NYCLU Foundation are tax-deductible whereas donations to the NYCLU are not. [3]

The NYCLU and NYCLU Foundation campaigns and advocates for left-of-center policy and uses identity politics as a foundation for its advocacy. [4] They assert that the New York state government is racist and discriminatory. They also argue that New York’s anti-discrimination laws are not explicit enough in what groups and identities are protected, so they advocate for identity politics-based legislation that it claims comprehensively lists all groups that need to be protected. [5]

Financials

According to its 2020 tax returns, the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation reported receiving $12.8 million in contributions and grants, $3.6 million in program revenue, and $16.7 million in total revenue for the year. [6] It also reported spending $8.9 million of its $11.7 million total expenses on salaries and compensation and did not report spending any money on grants. [7]

References

  1. “Giving to the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation: What Is the Difference?” American Civil Liberties Union. Accessed April 11, 2022. https://action.aclu.org/content/giving-american-civil-liberties-union-and-american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-what?redirect=unionandfoundation. ^
  2. “Support the NYCLU Foundation.” American Civil Liberties Union. Accessed April 11, 2022. https://action.aclu.org/give/support-nyclu. ^
  3. “Giving to the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation: What Is the Difference?” American Civil Liberties Union. Accessed April 11, 2022. https://action.aclu.org/content/giving-american-civil-liberties-union-and-american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-what?redirect=unionandfoundation ^
  4. “Annual Report (2020).” New York Civil Liberties Union. April 21, 2021. https://www.nyclu.org/en/publications/annual-report-2020. ^
  5. “Legislative Memo: Equality of Rights and Protection against Discrimination.” New York Civil Liberties Union. May 25, 2021. https://www.nyclu.org/en/legislation/legislative-memo-equality-rights-and-protection-against-discrimination. ^
  6. New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2020. Part I, Lines 8-12. ^
  7. New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2020. Part I, Lines 13-18. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: March - February
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2012

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2018 Mar Form 990 $10,710,268 $9,269,149 $20,742,262 $4,350,527 N $8,782,885 $1,721,351 $186,065 $182,898 PDF
    2017 Mar Form 990 $11,435,663 $6,865,169 $17,514,375 $3,225,635 N $10,314,463 $1,003,702 $152,694 $178,568
    2016 Mar Form 990 $8,301,458 $6,387,692 $11,985,247 $3,052,236 N $4,984,489 $3,374,042 $150,725 $173,964 PDF
    2015 Mar Form 990 $4,684,581 $5,846,303 $9,947,680 $2,844,381 N $3,800,900 $689,806 $179,745 $165,140 PDF
    2014 Mar Form 990 $7,180,026 $5,901,482 $10,316,556 $2,323,597 N $5,023,793 $1,839,931 $166,427 $148,219 PDF
    2013 Mar Form 990 $4,869,388 $5,557,944 $8,369,977 $2,027,934 N $3,882,490 $651,759 $132,818 $137,144 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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