The ACLU of Nevada, Inc. and the ACLU of Nevada Foundation: What’s the Difference?
The ACLU of Nevada is comprised of two separate corporate entities: the ACLU of Nevada, Inc. and the ACLU of Nevada, Foundation. It is necessary that the ACLU of Nevada have two separate organizations in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This website collectively refers to both entities as “ACLU of Nevada.”
- The ACLU of Nevada, Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Gifts made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and therefore federal law limits the amount which it may engage in legislative advocacy and lobbying activities. Foundation gifts fund our litigation and public education efforts.
- The ACLU of Nevada, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, and gifts to it are not tax-deductible. The ACLU of Nevada, Inc. is the “member” organization. When a donor chooses to join the ACLU, their membership dues are not tax-deductible. ACLU of Nevada, Inc. monies fund our legislative lobbying--important work that cannot be supported by tax-deductible funds.
Fully funding the ACLU of Nevada, Inc. and the ACLU of Nevada Foundation is vital to protecting civil liberties in Nevada and across the country. You may make a contribution to the ACLU of Nevada, Inc., the ACLU of Nevada Foundation, or both. Many donors choose to make their larger tax-deductible gifts to the ACLU of Nevada Foundation, but also continue to make smaller gifts to the ACLU in order to maintain their "card-carrying" membership status with the ACLU and to support our important lobbying efforts.
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 of Nevada mission.