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What’s the difference between the ACLU of Connecticut and the ACLU Foundation of Connecticut?

The ACLU-CT comprises two separate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut. Although both the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut are part of the same overall organization, it is necessary that the ACLU-CT have two separate organizations in order to do a broad range of work for civil liberties. This wesite collectively refers to the two organizations under the name ACLU-CT.

Although there is some overlap in the work done by each organization, certain activities the ACLU-CT does to protect civil liberties must be done by one organization and not the other. This is primarily in the area of lobbying. The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut engages in legislative lobbying. As an organization that is eligible to receive contributions that are tax-deductible by the contributor, federal law limits the extent to which the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut may engage in lobbying activities. Therefore, most of the lobbying activity done by the ACLU-CT and discussed in this website is done by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. By contrast, most of the ACLU-CT’s litigation and communication efforts described in this website are carried out by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut.

You may make a contribution to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut, or both. A contribution to either organization will be used to support, promote and defend civil liberties. However, each organization will only use the funds contributed directly to it to carry out the specific activities it conducts as part of the overall ACLU-CT mission. A donor may make a tax-deductible gift only to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut. A donor who chooses to join and become a card-carrying member of the ACLU is making a contribution to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. Membership dues and other gifts to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut are not tax-deductible.