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ACLU of Southern California

 1313 W Eighth Street
 Los Angeles, CA 90017
[P] (213) 977-5254
[F] (213) 977-5299
www.aclusocal.org
[email protected]
Dana Alasker
FOUNDED: 1923
INCORPORATED: 1969
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Organization DBA ACLU SoCal
ACLU Foundation of Southern California
American Civil Liberties Union of So. CA
ACLU of Southern California
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-2673361 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California's (ACLU SoCal) mission is to ensure that all persons are afforded the equality, liberty, and justice guaranteed to them in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through our integrated approach of community education, advocacy, and litigation, we challenge unconstitutional and unjust policies and practices. We most often serve those whose rights are consistently denied or compromised including students, women, prisoners, immigrants, communities of color, LGBTQ people, members of minority religions, people with disabilities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and economically disadvantaged people. With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire, ACLU SoCal has been serving Southern California since 1923.

Mission Statement

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California's (ACLU SoCal) mission is to ensure that all persons are afforded the equality, liberty, and justice guaranteed to them in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through our integrated approach of community education, advocacy, and litigation, we challenge unconstitutional and unjust policies and practices. We most often serve those whose rights are consistently denied or compromised including students, women, prisoners, immigrants, communities of color, LGBTQ people, members of minority religions, people with disabilities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and economically disadvantaged people. With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire, ACLU SoCal has been serving Southern California since 1923.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $6,402,093.00
Projected Revenue $7,234,406.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ACLU SoCal Issue Areas

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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


Overview


Mission Statement

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California's (ACLU SoCal) mission is to ensure that all persons are afforded the equality, liberty, and justice guaranteed to them in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through our integrated approach of community education, advocacy, and litigation, we challenge unconstitutional and unjust policies and practices. We most often serve those whose rights are consistently denied or compromised including students, women, prisoners, immigrants, communities of color, LGBTQ people, members of minority religions, people with disabilities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and economically disadvantaged people. With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire, ACLU SoCal has been serving Southern California since 1923.


Background Statement

ACLU SoCal was founded in 1923 by author Upton Sinclair. Since our founding, we have worked to intercede when vulnerable individuals are suffering because of corrupt and misguided government policies and practices. Throughout the forties we went to court several times to fight government persecution of Japanese Americans and defended the free speech of professors and artists in the McCarthy era. In the sixties we fought the long and arduous battle to desegregate Los Angeles schools, and after the Watts riots enlisted dozens of volunteer attorneys to make sure that the almost 4,000 people arrested each had representation by counsel. In 1983 we adopted our Economic Bill of Rights, declaring that every person in the United States who desires to work and is capable of working should be assured of a basic standard of living, and since then have advocated to raise the minimum wage and extend health care for all. At the turn of the century we fixed the grave disparities in public education that denied tens of thousands of California students the necessary books and supplies or even a qualified teacher in their classroom. Today our mission continues as we work to ensure that our fundamental rights are protected and upheld for all

 


Impact Statement

The ACLU SoCal is the Southland's premier defender of civil rights and civil liberties.
 
Over the last year the ACLU reformed voting systems in Orange County from at-large to district based so that communities of color have an equal voice in how their city is governed; secured a ban on "fake classes" in public schools- classes with no education content that impeded students' ability to graduate on time; filed a lawsuit against the City of Laguna Beach for their discrimination against homeless individuals with disabilities; advocated for federal and state civil rights agencies to investigate the apparent gender bias in Hollywood that denies women directors equal opportunity in employment; and continued to hold government agencies accountable for their failure to provide due process.In addition to this work the ACLU educated and empowered thousands of Southern Californians about their rights and liberties.

This year we are working to protect and promote LGBTQ equality, reproductive justice, gender equity, educational equity, immigrants' rights, economic justice,  first amendment rights and the reformation of police practices.

Needs Statement

We need the community of Orange County's partnership to ensure that civil liberties and civil rights are promoted and protected for all.

CEO Statement

America does not have the ethnic or historical unity of many other countries.  We all have a different story of how we got here.  Some of our ancestors sailed into Ellis Island wide-eyed with hope, some sailed into Charleston Bay shackled in chains, some crossed the Rio Grande trembling in fear.  So what binds people with such different histories, languages, religions and cultures into a single nation?  What turns us all into Americans?  What makes us American is our shared commitment to American ideals; to the Constitution, to the Bill of Rights, to principles like free speech, due process, fairness and equality.  Those ideals are the very heart of American identity.  And when we honor those principles, when we commit ourselves to preserving them, when we keep faith with the duty we owe to future generations we are at our most American.  That is the mission of the ACLU.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Supporters of liberty, justice and equality for all may contribute to the ACLU by mailing checks, giving a gift via our website, www.aclusocal.org or calling the Los Angeles office (213-977-5216). You may also contact the ACLU if you are interested in joining one of our local chapters; we have an active Orange County chapter that tables at events, participates in seminars and rallies, etc. The office also works with volunteer attorneys on cases involving rights of individuals, communities, etc. Anyone with a legal issue needs to follow the legal intake process explained on the website or by calling 213-977-5253.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
ACLU SoCal serves Southern California communities as far north as Kern County, east to San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and south to Orange County. We protect and advance the rights of all individuals in this geographic region, and defend individuals whose rights and liberties are compromised or denied.

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Liberties
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. -

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Programs


ACLU SoCal Issue Areas

As guided by our strategic plan, ACLU SoCal focuses on eight key issues areas: criminal justice, gender equity and reproductive justice, privacy, disability rights including homelessness, first amendment rights, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial and economic justice including educational equity.
Budget  $7,234,406.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term the ACLU significantly focuses on communities who are underserved and economically disadvantaged because they often lack the resources or access to services to successfully challenge their local and state governments without our partnership, legal expertise and advocacy.
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of the ACLU's work is to ensure the rights and liberties of all individuals are protected and promoted.
Program Success Monitored By  We determine the impact of our work through our ability to change unconstitutional, inhumane and unjust policies and practices, advocate for the creation of policies that advance the civil rights and civil liberties of every person living in Southern California and state wide, educate as many individuals as possible about their rights, and empower local advocates to champion the rights and liberties of those in their communities.
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Hector O. Villagra
CEO Term Start Feb 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
James Gilliam Jr. Deputy Executive Director --
Hector O. Villagra Executive Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 81
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Shari F. Leinwand
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Susan Adelman -- --
Richard Barry -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 97%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $7,234,406.00
Projected Expenses $6,402,093.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2012 ACLU Fdn SoCal Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $17,139,002 $16,100,052 $7,726,144
Total Expenses $9,431,366 $11,797,600 $8,167,278

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$9,397,637 $13,837,306 $6,153,961
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $6,935,721 $1,181,958 $817,017
Investment Income, Net of Losses $124,753 $107,403 $114,659
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $265,428 $679,977 $278,906
Revenue In-Kind $115,405 $311,735 $0
Other $375,775 $182,555 $258,641

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $7,525,765 $10,302,415 $6,169,119
Administration Expense $935,152 $783,507 $1,280,197
Fundraising Expense $970,449 $711,678 $717,962
Payments to Affiliates $2,574,831 $5,819,747 $2,016,889
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.82 1.36 0.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 87% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 5% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $33,311,368 $28,408,508 $21,583,494
Current Assets $5,622,054 $8,779,017 $1,717,571
Long-Term Liabilities $5,797,052 $8,140,576 $5,361,345
Current Liabilities $726,887 $644,485 $932,469
Total Net Assets $26,787,429 $19,623,447 $15,289,680

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.73 13.62 1.84

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 17% 29% 25%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose Fundraising
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 

Documents


Other Documents

ACLU Foundation Board of Directors (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.