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Alliance Defending Freedom

For Faith. For Justice.

Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.ADFlegal.org

Mission

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for religious freedom to uphold justice and preserve the right of people to freely live out their faith.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael P. Farris

Main address

15100 N. 90th Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85260 USA

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Formerly known as

Alliance Defense Fund

EIN

54-1660459

NTEE code info

Freedom of Religion Issues (R65)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The core values we cherish are under relentless challenge by those determined to silence people of faith and redefine the U.S. Constitution. These are more than legal skirmishes -- they are ongoing battles for the soul of our nation. Through the enactment of discriminatory new laws and the reinterpretation of existing laws, those opposed to religious freedom are moving aggressively to undermine the meaning of the First Amendment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Advocacy

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is an Alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. ADF champions God-given freedoms that allow for human flourishing while affirming the dignity of every person. ADF exists to serve an alliance of like-minded professionals, rallying attorneys and influencers from all spheres of culture to defend and promote the core issues of religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. ADF offers exceptional legal advocacy and expertise from our 58 staff attorneys based at our ADF headquarters in Arizona and at offices around the world, including at the United Nations in New York City. ADF also works with our more than 3,100-strong network of allied attorneys and has a 77% win rate in our cases, playing important roles in 49 Supreme Court victories.

ADF and its allied partners work together to develop and implement effective strategies to establish critical legal precedents affirming religious liberty in state courts, federal courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and international courts and governing bodies. ADF exists to serve allied individuals and groups by providing training, coordination, and funding for their efforts, along with our own legal expertise. For example, ADF provides funding and training to allied attorneys to help them maximize their own legal advocacy work, and supports allied attorneys, church and parachurch organization leaders, legislators and legislative staff members, business leaders, clients, student leaders, and other key allies with networking, strategy, training, and funding. Requests for legal advocacy in defense of religious liberty continue to increase, indicating an overwhelming need for the Alliance in the public square.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

ADF provides education to the public about the significance and state of religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family in America and around the world. This is done through printed materials, mailings, webinars, social media, websites, email alerts, newsletters, media and personal appearances, blogs, op-eds, and events.

ADF public education efforts focus on informing the public and raising awareness of the following: the framers' original intent for the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights to reflect natural law; entities that seek to re-direct and distort the Constitution's original purpose; and U.S. and international challenges to religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and family falues. ADF provides real-life examples of situations and court cases where justice and civil liberties have been thwarted; and how the legal advocacy efforts of ADF and its allied partners have helped obtain justice.

Through these public education efforts, ADF can serve as the first line of defense for individuals and groups whose religious freedom is in jeopardy. We also use this public education work to recruit potential allies, such as attorneys interested in attending the ADF Religious Liberty Summit and law students considering the Blackstone Legal Fellowship program. ADF also requests that the recipients of these educational communications remember its activities in prayer and provides information and details to assist them in praying intelligently, specifically, and with purpose.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

As an alliance building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is committed to equipping allies to defend and promote religious liberty to the best of their ability, and to transform law and culture so true freedom can flourish.

Through the ADF Religious Liberty Summits, practicing attorneys, legal advocates, business leaders, entrepreneurs, clergy, policy leaders, and media leaders are invited to participate in world-class training, strategy, and networking sessions. To date, more than 1.923 U.S. and international attorneys have completed the ADF religious liberty summit training, and 3,151 ADF allied attorneys have volunteered pro bono legal advocacy services to local and international communities valued at over $202 million. Ths amount is far in excess of the cost of the program. Most U.S. state bar associations grant continuing legal education credit to portions of the legal advocacy training.

Through the Blackstone Legal Fellowship program ADF provides training to top Christian law students from around the world on natural law, constitutional jurisprudence, and the history of religious libierty in American law and governemnt and governments across the globe. These subjects are often sorely neglected and even blatantly mistaught in prominent law schools. The Blackstone Legal Fellowship also focuses on equipping these students to integrate their faith into their work in a carreer that is often hostile to Christianity. In addition to providing courses taught from prominent guest lecturers, the program includes summer internships with allied partners located throughout the world. To date, over 1,800 students representing 227 law schools have graduated from the Blackstone Legal Fellowship.

ADF offers similar training through the Arete Academy to college and university students who sense a calling to live out their faith in the fields of law, government, public policy, business, and other culture-shaping fields. To date over 650 young people from op universities have participated in Arete Academy. Many of the go on to attend the Blackstone Legal Fellowship during law school. ADF recently began offering Arete Academy sessions in Latin America and in Europe to support the finist Christian college students around the world, equipping them with the character, competence, and credentials to excell in their chosen field.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) provides grant funding for legal cases and programs that keep the door open for the bospel by advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. This grant funding covers expenses for litigation, including training for expert witnesses. Grant requests are reviewed and recommended by an independent grants and review committee, which is composed of expert attorneys who volunteer their time to ADF for this purpose. Under the governing board of directors's policy, no grant is awarded until it is fully funded and set aside in self-designated accounts. Grants are disbursed upon performance and in accordance with the terms of the grant agreements. ADF has issued some 3,400 grants totalling over $46 million.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Allied Support and Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This training involves practicing attorneys, law students, and college students who are contemplating a career in law, politics, business, academia, etc.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Public Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of requests for legal assistance.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians

Related Program

Legal Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Public Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Public Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since our nation's birth, religious freedom has been the bedrock principle upon which our society thrives. The First Amendment to the Constitution is unwavering in its affirmation of the precept. Our Founding Fathers knew it was our most basic and inalienable right. ADF shares that vision, and through a growing legal alliance, we are working to build a world whose laws affirm free speech on campus, uphold religious liberty (both for churches and in the larger public square), protect life from conception to natural death, and promote the natural family, including marriage between one man and one woman.

Alliance Defending Freedom has built an exceptional in-house legal team and combined it with a powerful global network of Allied Attorneys. These highly trained advocates engage in cases whose outcomes have a decisive, measurable impact on our religious freedom
and lay a solid foundation for positive cultural change. That change is further accomplished by effectively engaging the media through national television and radio interviews, influential websites, blogs and social media, and crucial legal insights requested by print publications. ADF is consistently positioned as a go-to resource for passionate, reasoned insight. But the key to our success can be found in the words of Jesus Christ in John 15:5: "without me, you can do nothing." As a ministry, we are committed to never losing sight of this fundamental, irrevocable truth.

There is strength in numbers. That is why we work closely with our growing alliance – hundreds of legal groups, churches, Christian ministries, and other like-minded organizations around the world -– developing winning legal strategies and maximizing our shared strengths. When our allies need assistance to successfully litigate a
critical case, we may provide funding through grants, organizational support through friend-of-the-court briefs, or direct assistance from
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who come alongside them on the docket. This unified effort helps stewards the resources entrusted to us in an exceptionally efficient and effective way.

By God's grace, we are reversing the corrosive tide of censorship against
Christians that has swept across our land. We are committed to laying the
foundation for a better tomorrow. We do this by winning key battles before national and international institutions and courts around the world. Continuing these victories will play a significant role in shaping what the future looks like for us all.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alliance Defending Freedom

Board of directors
as of 09/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Terry Schlossberg

Formal Renewal Advisor, Presbyterian Coalition

Term: 2017 - 2019

John Rogers

Campus Crusade for Christ International

Mark Maddoux

Denton Bible Church

Alfonso Aguilar

Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles

Marjorie Dannensfelser

Susan B. Anthony List

Tom Minnery

Family Policy Alliance

Charles Pickering

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Terry Schlossberg

Formerly Presbyterian Coalition

Seth Morgan

MLA Companies

Ruth Ross

Advocates International

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/24/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/08/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.