American Civil Liberties Union Foundation donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 61 115,000 404,787 0 10,000 25,000 50,000 100,000 115,000 200,000 300,000 650,000 1,000,000 5,000,000
Arts 3 200,000 150,000 0 0 0 0 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Presidential grant 2 5,000 7,500 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
7 10,000 15,714 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
Reproductive Health 8 50,000 60,000 10,000 10,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 70,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
FIXME 16 600,000 1,057,188 15,000 200,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 600,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 5,000,000
Population 7 650,000 573,571 15,000 15,000 200,000 450,000 450,000 650,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 900,000
Community 1 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
International Human Rights 2 40,000 45,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Criminal justice reform 5 115,000 240,200 45,000 45,000 45,000 100,000 100,000 115,000 115,000 150,000 150,000 791,000 791,000
Gay and Lesbian Rights 9 175,000 146,222 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 175,000 191,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
September 11th 1 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012 2011 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1996 1995 1993 1992 1991 1990 1988 1987
MacArthur Foundation (filter this donee) 16,915,000.00 765,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,400,000.00 0.00 1,800,000.00 0.00 2,800,000.00 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 300,000.00
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 4,015,000.00 0.00 900,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 15,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 450,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (filter this donee) 1,341,000.00 200,000.00 400,000.00 325,000.00 241,000.00 175,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Arnold Ventures (filter this donee) 791,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 791,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nathan Cummings Foundation (filter this donee) 620,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 75,000.00 10,000.00 5,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
John Merck Fund (filter this donee) 570,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 90,000.00 50,000.00 70,000.00 60,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00
Public Welfare Foundation (filter this donee) 365,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 265,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 45,000.00 0.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Walton Family Foundation (filter this donee) 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 24,692,000.00 965,000.00 1,345,000.00 325,000.00 3,897,000.00 275,000.00 1,815,000.00 900,000.00 2,915,000.00 5,950,000.00 105,000.00 95,000.00 2,210,000.00 55,000.00 1,000,000.00 450,000.00 325,000.00 310,000.00 5,000.00 300,000.00 250,000.00 400,000.00 400,000.00 100,000.00 300,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (61 donations)

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 61)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
MacArthur Foundation15,000.00522018FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- X-grant in support of a strategy meeting focused on artificial intelligence. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
MacArthur Foundation750,000.00122018FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- in support of the organization’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund200,000.00222018Gay and Lesbian Rights/Litigationhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For the LGBT & HIV Project to pursue litigation defending marriage equality and advancing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. $200,000.
Hewlett Foundation900,000.0082017-06-07Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-support-of-the-american-civil-liberties-unions-reproductive-freedom-project-2/-- For Support Of The American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project.
Open Philanthropy45,000.00462017-04Criminal justice reform/disability rightshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-disability-rights-fellowshipChloe Cockburn Grant for Disability Rights Program to support a fellowship for Zoe Brennan-Kohn, a disability rights attorney. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund200,000.00222017Gay and Lesbian Rights/Litigationhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For the LGBT & HIV Project to pursue litigation defending marriage equality and advancing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. $200,000.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund100,000.00322017Gay and Lesbian Rights/Research & Communicationshttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- $100,000 for the LGBT & HIV Project to coordinate a public education campaign around the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund100,000.00322017Gay and Lesbian Rights/Research & Communicationshttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For the LGBT & HIV Project to support public education efforts around the G.G. v. Glouster County Supreme Court case. $100,000.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund200,000.00222016Gay and Lesbian Rights/Litigationhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For the LGBT & AIDS Project to pursue litigation defending marriage equality and advancing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people $200,000.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund25,000.00482016Communityhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation--
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund100,000.00322016Gay and Lesbian Rights/Research & Communicationshttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For a national campaign to educate the public about the need to extend equal civil rights protections to LGBT people while safeguarding religious liberty. $100,000.
Hewlett Foundation200,000.00222015-10-07Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-support-of-the-american-civil-liberties-unions-reproductive-freedom-project-1/-- For Support Of The American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project.
Arnold Ventures791,000.00112015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help reduce the incarceration of indigent defendants detained solely because they are unable to pay court-imposed fines and fees.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund50,000.00402015Gay and Lesbian Rights/Marriage Equalityhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For public education to prevent "religious liberty" claims from eroding gains in marriage equality and nondiscrimination protections. $50,000.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund191,000.00282015Gay and Lesbian Rights/Marriage Equalityhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For the LGBT Project to pursue litigation to secure and defend marriage equality in all 50 states and protect gay couples from discrimination. $191,000.
MacArthur Foundation1,800,000.0022015FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of the Center for Equality (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
MacArthur Foundation600,000.00142015FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- support of the organization’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Public Welfare Foundation150,000.00302015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to advance sentencing reform in two southern states. Affected regions: New York, NY; affected countries: United States.
Public Welfare Foundation115,000.00312015Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 6 months. Support to advocate for state policy reforms to reduce youth incarceration rates, end the practice of trying youth as adults and reduce racial and ethnic dispa…. Affected regions: New York, NY; affected countries: United States.
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund175,000.00292014Gay and Lesbian Rights/Marriage Equalityhttps://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-- For the LGBT Project to pursue litigation to secure marriage equality and other relationship recognition protections for gay people. $175,000.
Public Welfare Foundation100,000.00322014Criminal justice reformhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to advance sentencing reform in two southern states. Affected countries: United States.
Hewlett Foundation15,000.00522012-01-27Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-leadership-development/-- For Leadership Development.
MacArthur Foundation1,800,000.0022012FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of the Center for Equality (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Hewlett Foundation900,000.0082011-07-18Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-support-of-the-american-civil-liberties-unions-reproductive-freedom-project/-- For Support Of The American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project.
John Merck Fund40,000.00472009-12International Human Rightshttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To hold the Bush Administration accountable for its many national security abuses; restore citizen rights that the Bush Administration curtailed; and convince the Obama Administration to reform, rather than embrace, some of the Bush Administration’s most dangerous national security policies.
John Merck Fund50,000.00402009-03Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To protect access to abortion using litigation, policy advocacy and state-based initiatives.
MacArthur Foundation1,000,000.0062009FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of general operations. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
MacArthur Foundation1,800,000.0022009FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of general operations (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Nathan Cummings Foundation25,000.00482009--http://www.nathancummings.org/sites/default/files/financials123109.pdf--
John Merck Fund50,000.00402008-12International Human Rightshttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To hold the Bush Administration accountable for the many human and civil rights abuses of the past seven years, restore the freedoms the administration has curtailed, and advocate for a new national security paradigm that is consistent with constitutional values and fundamental human rights.
Hewlett Foundation900,000.0082008-07-21Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-general-operating-support-of-the-american-civil-liberties-unions-reproductive-freedom-project/-- For General Operating Support Of The American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project.
MacArthur Foundation5,000,000.0012008FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To strengthen key state affiliates. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
John Merck Fund70,000.00392007-12Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To promote reproductive health and rights in the US using litigation, public education, state initiatives and long-term strategic planning.
Walton Family Foundation10,000.00542007--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/walton-family-foundation--
Nathan Cummings Foundation25,000.00482007--http://www.nathancummings.org/sites/default/files/2007_audited_financials.pdf--
John Merck Fund50,000.00402006-12Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To protect access to safe and legal abortion; to increase access to comprehensive sexuality education; to protect access to contraceptives; and to support state-based reproductive rights initiatives through affiliates.
John Merck Fund10,000.00542006-06Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To provide general support for the Reproductive Freedom Project, which works to protect access to comprehensive reproductive health care and rights for women in the US.
Walton Family Foundation10,000.00542006--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/walton-family-foundation--
Nathan Cummings Foundation25,000.00482006--http://www.nathancummings.org/sites/default/files/2006_audited_financials.pdf--
John Merck Fund50,000.00402005-09Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To protect access to safe abortion procedures, contraceptives and sex education using litigation, advocacy and education.
Hewlett Foundation650,000.00132005-06-20Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-general-support-of-the-american-civil-liberties-unions-reproductive-freedom-project/-- For General Support Of The American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project.
Walton Family Foundation10,000.00542005--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/walton-family-foundation--
MacArthur Foundation1,500,000.0052005FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of the Safe and Free Program to protect civil liberties (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
John Merck Fund50,000.00402004-09Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To increase and protect access to reproductive health care, particularly abortion and contraceptives, using litigation, training, education and assistance to affiliates.
Nathan Cummings Foundation5,000.00592004--http://www.nathancummings.org/sites/default/files/afs.pdf--
MacArthur Foundation1,000,000.0062003FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of general operations (over two years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Hewlett Foundation450,000.00152002-10-21Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-for-the-reproductive-freedom-project/-- For The Reproductive Freedom Project.
Nathan Cummings Foundation75,000.00382001September 11th/National security and civil liberties---- To support their efforts to protect civil liberties and national security following the September 11th attacks.
MacArthur Foundation250,000.00202001FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of work to protect civil liberties in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
MacArthur Foundation300,000.00161996FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support litigation and public education activities of the National Prison Project (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
Nathan Cummings Foundation10,000.00541996Presidential granthttps://web.archive.org/web/20081201110132/http://www.nathancummings.org/annual96/000118.html-- National Prison Project, to remedy unconstitutional conditions of confinement,.
Nathan Cummings Foundation5,000.00591995Presidential granthttps://web.archive.org/web/20081201094333/http://www.nathancummings.org/annual95/000136.html-- REUNION of the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Jackson, Mississippi,.
Nathan Cummings Foundation----1994Arts/Creative Autuonmy / Arts Advocacyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20081201100814/http://www.nathancummings.org/annual94/000142.html-- For the Arts Censorship Project, a program of litigation, legal advocacy, public education, and media advocacy to help artists and arts organizations whose First Amendment rights are jeopardized by threats of censorship. (1992 award: $250,000/3 years).
MacArthur Foundation300,000.00161993FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support the Children's Rights Project (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Nathan Cummings Foundation250,000.00201992Arts/Creative Autonomy / Arts Advocacyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20081118174121/http://www.nathancummings.org/annual92/000179.html-- A three year grant to provide legal assistance to creative artists and arts organizations whose First Amendment rights are jeopardized by threats of censorship, through the Arts Censorship Project, a program of litigation, legal advocacy, public education, and media advocacy.
MacArthur Foundation200,000.00221991FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support the Reproductive Freedom Project to hire additional legal and secretarial staff and pay associated litigation costs. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
Nathan Cummings Foundation200,000.00221991Arts/Arts Advocacy / Creative Autonomyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20050508003333/http://nathancummings.org:80/annual91/000196.html-- To support the Arts Censorship Project, whose focus is to protect the First Amendment rights of artists and art institutions.
John Merck Fund100,000.00321990-11Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the Reproductive Freedom Project.
MacArthur Foundation300,000.00161990FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support the Children's Rights Project. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.
John Merck Fund100,000.00321988-12Reproductive Healthhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the Reproductive Freedom Project.
MacArthur Foundation300,000.00161987FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support the Children's Rights Project, a sustained litigation effort on behalf of Child Welfare systems in the United States (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York.