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Defending First Amendment freedoms, equality, privacy rights, and fundamental fairness requires constant vigilance and support.  Each year individuals and institutions, including foundations, unions, and corporations, demonstrate their commitment to those shared constitutional values through steady gifts and grants to the ACLU Foundation.

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Membership dues and gifts to the ACLU are not tax-deductible.  This is because the ACLU engages in substantial legislative lobbying, which cannot, by law, be supported by tax deductible funds.  The ACLU Foundation, on the other hand, conducts our litigation, education, and communications efforts; contributions to it are tax deductible.

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This site was updated 2010-07-03.