2017 has been a difficult year in the U.S. for civil rights & civil liberties. Our goal is to create a happy end to 2017 and a brighter future by donating to one of the most effective organizations working in these areas.
WE CURRENTLY HAVE DONORS AGREEING TO MATCH UP TO $2000 (doubling your impact), and if we prove that we can successfully meet that goal, we may be able to get more matching donors to increase that amount!
WHY THE ACLU FOUNDATION?
There are many organizations that address specific causes within the above list. The is one of the few that addresses such a broad umbrella of issues -- including immigrants’ rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, disability rights, reproductive freedom, voting rights, criminal justice, and more -- and it has a .
Why the ? Donations to the foundation are tax deductible, which benefits you. The foundation is not allowed to do lobbying work, but can do all the other ACLU work -- litigation, education, communication, and advocacy. (Note: despite the fact that the benefiting charity just says “ACLU,” this is the EIN for ACLU Foundation, and CrowdRise has confirmed that these donations are tax deductible.)
RISKS TO DONATING
The main risk to donating to the ACLU that we foresee is that your dollars may have a bigger impact elsewhere, particularly if you have a more specific cause in mind and have researched the best organizations.
The ACLU already has a bunch of money; in January alone, the ACLU raised about six times the amount it raises in a normal year, and by July, they had raised 16 times as much as they do in a normal year.  Organizations sometimes have trouble scaling up when they receive an unexpected of influx of funding at this scale (many organizations in the US are facing similar surges in funding and challenges scaling in the current political landscape). A promising sign is that the ACLU has taken steps to , and has made since early in the year regarding how they will allocate the extra funds.
An additional limitation is that the ACLU only operates within the US. Human Rights Watch is an organization that addresses some of the same issues internationally, and is also a great place to donate.
Some people may also taken by the ACLU. (Many other large organizations working on some of the same issues also are associated with some controversies, so be sure to research whichever organizations you consider donating to).
If you would rather donate elsewhere, we understand -- please see below for other giving options.
WHERE ELSE CAN I DONATE?
Effectivism.net (the main organizer's blog), makes for high impact charities across a number of causes. The organizers of this fundraiser are also running two other CrowdRise fundraisers this year for top-recommended Effectivism charities -- one for the (disaster relief), and one for Innovations for Poverty Action (international poverty and health improvements).
Other top effective charities recommendations:
 See , and the details of their assessment of the . Note that CharityNavigator doesn’t look at effectiveness directly and has limitations. We were unable to find any trusted sources that have directly compared the impact of these organizations.
 Fifth paragraph, “,” Newsweek. This article implicitly makes another argument for sending donation dollars elsewhere, depending on your political goals. For this fundraiser, we wanted to pick a non-partisan organization.