ACLU Foundation of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.aclusocal.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1970

Principal Officer

Hector O. Villagra

Main address

1313 W Eighth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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EIN

95-2673361

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Since our founding in 1923, ACLU So Cal has been dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties, civil rights, and economic justice for all. However, we know that for many communities, reality falls far short of the rights promised in our constitution, and fulfilling the promise of our democracy requires constant vigilance and continued struggle. In particular, women, communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, low-income, and disabled individuals continue to face systemic barriers and threats to their civil liberties that prevent their full inclusion and participation in society.

Our programs

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

ACLU Foundation of Southern California

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. Our core programmatic work is guided by our 5 year strategic plan, and focuses on 8 key issue areas: criminal justice, gender equity and reproductive justice, privacy, disability rights, first amendment rights, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial and economic justice including educational equity. In each of these issue areas our work is targeted to serve vulnerable, low income, and minority communities.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The ACLU's goal is its Mission Statement: To defend the United States Constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights set the ground rules for individual liberty, which include the freedoms of speech, association, and religion, freedom of the press, and the right to privacy, to equal protection of the laws and to due process of law. The ACLU was founded in 1920 to defend and secure these rights and to extend them to people who have been excluded from their protection. The Southern California ACLU affiliate started in 1923 -- 90 years ago in 2013 -- to carry out this mission locally.

The ACLU's strategy is to approach issues with public education and mobilization, advocacy and lobbying state legislators, trying to settle areas of inequality or unfairness and, when necessary, by litigation.

The ACLU of Southern California, partnered with the two other California affiliates (San Diego and Northern California) have impressive and unparalleled capabilites: When we work together on an issue, we have about 130 staff members -- 55 in Southern California alone -- over 100,000 loyal donors, combined budged of over $15 million, as well as legislative analysts in Sacramento, and attorneys throughout the state.

While it seems the battle for civil liberties never stays won, the ACLU SoCal has made great strides in educational equality, women's rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, rights of disabled persons, of inmates, for religious freedom, and much more. For additional information on the successes we have achieved, please go to the ACLU website: www.aclusocal.org

Financials

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Operations

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

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ACLU Foundation of Southern California

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2021
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Board chair

Ms. Marla Stone

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Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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Disability

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