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Organization DBA ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts
Former Names Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (CLUM) (1995)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Massachusetts is a private, voluntary, nonpartisan organization which works to protect and promote the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.

Using an "integrated advocacy" model combining litigation, education, communication, organizing and grassroots lobbying strategies, the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts works on a wide range of civil liberties issues, including upholding the First Amendment, stopping unnecessary government surveillance, protecting the rights of immigrants, and so much more.
 
 
The ACLU never charges clients for legal representation, and does not accept government funding, in order to maintain absolute and unequivocal independence.  We depend entirely on the support of individuals, families and foundations who care enough about the principles of liberty, justice, equality and democracy to make an investment in protecting them.

Mission Statement

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Massachusetts is a private, voluntary, nonpartisan organization which works to protect and promote the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.

Using an "integrated advocacy" model combining litigation, education, communication, organizing and grassroots lobbying strategies, the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts works on a wide range of civil liberties issues, including upholding the First Amendment, stopping unnecessary government surveillance, protecting the rights of immigrants, and so much more.
 
 
The ACLU never charges clients for legal representation, and does not accept government funding, in order to maintain absolute and unequivocal independence.  We depend entirely on the support of individuals, families and foundations who care enough about the principles of liberty, justice, equality and democracy to make an investment in protecting them.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2011 to Mar 31, 2012
Projected Income $2,598,000.00
Projected Expense $2,976,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Equal Justice Project
  • Technology and Liberty Project

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Massachusetts is a private, voluntary, nonpartisan organization which works to protect and promote the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.

Using an "integrated advocacy" model combining litigation, education, communication, organizing and grassroots lobbying strategies, the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts works on a wide range of civil liberties issues, including upholding the First Amendment, stopping unnecessary government surveillance, protecting the rights of immigrants, and so much more.
 
 
The ACLU never charges clients for legal representation, and does not accept government funding, in order to maintain absolute and unequivocal independence.  We depend entirely on the support of individuals, families and foundations who care enough about the principles of liberty, justice, equality and democracy to make an investment in protecting them.

Background Statement

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. 

 

The ACLU includes both 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 entities, and both national and state affiliate organizations. Most gifts to the ACLU – including grants made through the Boston Foundation – are split equally between the national organization and the state affiliate, unless the giver requests different sharing or specific earmarking. 

 

This Giving Commons information pertains to the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, a 501(c)3 organization which focuses on litigation and public education strategies for protecting civil rights and liberties in Massachusetts. Again, absent a contrary request, gifts will be split equally with the national ACLU Foundation, with the “national” half of each gift used to protect civil rights and liberties on the national level and in all 50 states.


Impact Statement

Top accomplishments from past year:

  • Won a landmark victory on the right of the people to monitor the government in Glik v. Cunniffe, concerning the right of citizens to record public officials in the performance of their duties. 
  • Protected free speech by winning an injunction to stop the enforcement of a law imposing severe restrictions on internet content.
  • Won an important victory regarding the right of people to control their own genetic material in Amato v. O’Keefe, challenging the government’s refusal to return a voluntarily-provided DNA sample by someone ruled out as a suspect.
  • Protected privacy by helping secure the first vote in Mass. to reject federal funding for automatic license plate readers, a dangerous tracking technology.
  • Organized to help make Massachusetts one of the only states in the nation to reject the adoption of the “Secure Communities” program aimed at targeting non-criminals for deportation.

 Top goals for current year:

Liberty

  • Limit the collection of personal information by the government and private corporations.
  • Ensure that expressive, associational, and privacy rights are fully protected on the Internet.
  • Oppose government interference in reproductive health care and end-of-life choices. 

Justice

  • Advocate for eliminating mandatory sentencing schemes and reforming punitive drug laws.
  • End the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ by rolling back zero tolerance policies that lead to students being excluded from/dropping out of school.

Equality

  • Oppose efforts to restrict the rights and benefits of MA residents based on immigration status, national origin, or primary language. 
  • Advocate for racial justice.
  • Defend the rights of the poor.

Democracy

  • Limit government surveillance and subject it to public and judicial oversight.
  • Protect free speech rights.
  • Remove barriers making it difficult for people to exercise their right to vote.

Needs Statement

There are two key priority areas in which targeted fund-raising and strategic investments are critical to achieving the goals set forth in our five-year strategic plan; if underwritten, we intend to build a Technology & Liberty Project and an Equal Justice Project. 

The goal of the Technology and Liberty Project would be to ensure that expressive, associational, and privacy rights are strengthened rather than compromised by new technology, and to protect these core liberties against intrusive corporate and government practices that rely on new technology to undermine basic rights. We propose investing $334,000 in the coming year (and $1.060,000 over three years).

 

The goal of the Equal Justice Project would be to ensure that equal protection and due process protections guaranteed by the Constitution and Declaration of Rights are extended to all people in the Commonwealth, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. The initial focus of the Equal Justice Project will be racial justice, particularly closing down the school-to-prison pipeline, and the rights of immigrants. We propose a strategic investment of $218,000 in FY13 and a three-year investment of $996,000.


CEO Statement

This is a critical time for the defense of civil liberties and American democracy. As never before in our lifetimes, the foundation of our system of checks and balances is under siege both from systemic forces in our society and from those who would sacrifice essential liberty for political power and personal gain. Despite dramatic strides in critical civil liberties areas in the last decade – notably LGBT equality – we nonetheless have witnessed a rise of a national security state that threatens the foundation of our free and open society, with implications for generations to come. Its first targets are, as always, traditionally underserved communities of color, recent immigrants, poor people, and free thinkers. 

 

The work of the ACLU has never been more important, and the ACLU of Massachusetts is uniquely poised to help lead and shape our collective response to these threats in the Commonwealth and nationwide. To do so, we must marshal and deploy our resources for maximum impact and effectiveness, not only this year but for the years ahead. 


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
BERKSHIRE REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE

The ACLU of Massachusetts is headquartered in Boston, and also has permanent staff on the ground in central Massachusetts (Worcester) and western Massachusetts (Northampton), in order to ensure that we are able to protect and promote civil liberties across the entire state.  And through our ground-breaking legal reform work and affiliation with the national ACLU, our impact is truly felt across the nation!

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Liberties
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Equal Justice Project

The goal of the Equal Justice Project is to ensure that equal protection and due process protections guaranteed by the Constitution and Declaration of Rights are extended to all people in the Commonwealth, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The initial focus of the Equal Justice Project will be racial justice, particularly closing down the school-to-prison pipeline and the rights of immigrants.

Budget  $218,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Technology and Liberty Project

The goal of the Technology and Liberty Project is to ensure that expressive, associational, and privacy rights are strengthened rather than compromised by new technology, and to protect these core liberties against intrusive corporate and government practices that rely on new technology to undermine basic rights.

Budget  $334,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Over the last two years, the ACLU of Massachusetts Board of Directors and Trustees have worked in collaboration with the professional staff to set advocacy priorities in four key areas: Liberty (privacy, government surveillance, and protection for personal autonomy); Democracy (voters’ rights, freedom of speech, government transparency); Justice (police practices and over-incarceration); and Equality (racial, gender, immigrant, and LGBTQ rights, and rights of the poor). This broad advocacy agenda will continue to guide our integrated advocacy work in the coming year.

 

In addition, national and statewide elections this year offer a unique opportunity for the ACLU to mobilize its membership to influence the political conversation at both the state and national level. As non-partisan defenders of core constitutional principles, the ACLU is positioned to offer a powerful platform to influence the public debate across the political spectrum at a time when people are paying attention. To that end, our annual budget includes the launch of a “Liberty 2012 Campaign” to keep civil rights and civil liberties high on the public agenda in the year ahead. We will work with the national ACLU to build and roll out a range of public education, social media, and field initiatives to ensure that a broad array of civil right and civil liberties issues are part of the 2012 election campaign throughout Massachusetts. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carol V. Rose
CEO Term Start Jan 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Carol Rose is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization with more than 22,000 members in Massachusetts (and approaching 500,000 nationwide), which is dedicated to defending liberty of Americans and realizing the protections set forth in the Bill of Rights.  Prior to earning her law degree, Carol was a reporter for United Press International, theDes Moines Register, and theNew York Times,with reporting stints in Washington D.C. as well as Pakistan, Japan, Sri Lanka, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam.  After law school, she worked at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, where she specialized in First Amendment, IP, Internet and media law. She is a graduate of Stanford University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc), and Harvard Law School (JD).

You can read her blog, “On Liberty,” at boston.com or aclum.org. 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
John Roberts 1968 2002
Luther Macnair 1943 1968

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Steve Hurley Director of Development --
Shirley Lai Director of Finance and Administration --
Ann Lambert Legislative Director --
Nancy Murray Director of Public Education --
Chris Ott Communications Director --
Matthew Segal Legal Director --
Sarah Wunsch Senior Staff Attorney --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 16
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Ronald M. Ansin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Apr 2011 - Mar 2012
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Ron Ansin Retired Voting
Mr. Joshua S. Boger Vertex Voting
Mr. Martin M. Fantozzi Goulston and Storrs Voting
Ms. Ellen Fisher Retired Voting
Ms. Holly Gunner Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Jeffrey Jones Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge LLP Voting
Ms. Maria Manning EMC Voting
Ms. Kim V. Marrkand Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Voting
Ms. Leslie Shapiro Bingham McCutchen LLP Voting
Mr. David Squire Retired Voting
Mr. Steven F. Young Eastern Bank Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Investment
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2011 to Mar 31, 2012
Projected Income $2,598,000.00
Projected Expense $2,976,000.00
Form 990s

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

2008 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $2,079,018 $3,803,187 $3,019,983
Total Expenses $2,164,215 $1,823,688 $1,521,992

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$61,500 $48,000 $107,353
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,485,833 $3,096,849 $2,709,347
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $91,318 $252,625 $53,126
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $308,030 $344,196 $127,755
Revenue In-Kind $46,560 $8,197 $6,984
Other $85,777 $53,320 $15,418

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $1,290,336 $985,922 $856,282
Administration Expense $309,771 $309,266 $264,997
Fundraising Expense $564,108 $528,500 $400,713
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 2.09 1.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 60% 54% 56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 30% 15% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $6,949,389 $6,158,813 $4,511,716
Current Assets $579,792 $1,442,111 $2,365,727
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $195,329 $211,808 $544,210
Total Net Assets $6,754,060 $5,947,005 $3,967,506

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $1,322,188.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.97 6.81 4.35

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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