The ACLU of Utah Union and the ACLU of Utah Foundation: What Is the Difference?
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is comprised
of two separate corporate entities: the ACLU of Utah Union (or the Union)
and the ACLU of Utah Foundation (or the Foundation). Although both are
part of the same overall organization, it is necessary that the ACLU of
Utah have two separate organizations in order to do the broad range of
work necessary to protect civil liberties. This website collectively refers
to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Utah.”
Although there is some overlap in the work done by each organization,
certain activities the ACLU of Utah does must be accomplished by one organization
and not the other. This is primarily in the area of lobbying. Because
the ACLU of Utah Foundation is a nonprofit organization and is eligible
to receive contributions that are tax-deductible to the contributor, federal
law limits the extent to which it may engage in lobbying activities. Therefore,
most of the lobbying activity done by the ACLU of Utah and discussed in
this website is accomplished by the ACLU of Utah Union. By contrast, most
of the ACLU of Utah’s litigation and public education efforts described
in this website are done by the ACLU of Utah Foundation.
You may make a contribution to either the ACLU of Utah Union, the ACLU
of Utah Foundation, or both. 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
Utah mission. A donor may make a tax-deductible gift only to the ACLU
of Utah Foundation. A donor who chooses to join and become a card-carrying
member of the ACLU is making a contribution to the ACLU of Utah Union.
Membership dues and other gifts to the ACLU of Utah Union are not tax-deductible.
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