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The ACLU-NJ's work to protect the enduring values of freedom and equality is based on a three-pronged approach: litigation, public education and lobbying. It is necessary to have two organizational entities: the ACLU-NJ and the ACLU-NJ Foundation. Fully funding both is vital to protecting civil liberties in New Jersey and across the country.

The ACLU-NJ is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. Gifts to it are not tax-deductible. It is the membership organization, and you have to be a member to get your trusty ACLU card. ACLU-NJ monies fund our legislative lobbying - important work that cannot be supported by tax-deductible funds. Thus, your membership dues support our successful lobbying efforts in Washington, DC and Trenton.

The ACLU-NJ Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation gifts fund our litigation and public education efforts. Gifts to the ACLU-NJ Foundation are fully tax-deductible to the donor as permitted by law.

Contribute online now, or if you prefer, use our Printable Membership & Donation Form (103k PDF).

Tribute Gifts

Honorary Gift

Recognize someone special, or commemorate an occasion such as a birthday or promotion, by making an Honorary Gift to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

An Honorary Gift will help protect our civil liberties as guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. An announcement will be sent by mail to the person being honored, and your Honorary Gift will be listed in our newsletter, unless you request otherwise.

Memorial Gift

You can express your sympathy and respect for a friend, colleague or loved one when you give a Memorial Gift of remembrance to the ACLU-NJ. For the Memorial Gift, you will be asked to provide the name and address of the person you would like notified about your gift, as well as the name of the deceased person being memorialized.

An announcement will be sent by mail to the person you request to be notified and your Memorial Gift will be listed in our newsletter, unless you request otherwise.

Please call the ACLU-NJ Development office at (973) 642-2086 ext. 1721 or 1720 to make a tribute gift.

Matching Gifts

Want to make your gift dollars go farther? You may be able to do just that through your company's matching gift program. Thousands of companies, small and large, have Matching Gift programs that will match one-for-one, or even double, tax-deductible contributions made by their employees. Your employer may be one of them!

If your company has a Matching Gift program, all you to have to do is obtain a matching gift form from your personnel office or matching gift coordinator, fill it out completely and send it along with your contribution to:

American Civil Liberties Union Of New Jersey Foundation
PO Box 32159
Newark, NJ 07102

It's as easy as that!

So check today to see if your company's matching gift program will help you maximize your support for the ACLU's work to protect and defend liberty. For more information, email us at donate@aclu-nj.org or call 973-642-2086 ext. 1721.

Give a Gift of Stock or Mutual Funds

Making a gift or fulfilling a pledge through a transfer of stock or mutual funds can be very advantageous from a tax point of view, especially if you own appreciated stocks or mutual funds on which you would have to pay long term capital gains tax. By making the gift directly to a charitable organization such as the ACLU-NJ Foundation, you may avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciation of the asset, and will also realize an income tax deduction in the amount of the asset's fair market value on the date of the gift.

Each individual's tax situation is different, so you should consult your tax advisors about the best ways to make charitable gifts.

If you have decided to give stock, the process is very simple. Ask your broker to transfer the asset (stock or mutual fund) directly to the ACLU of New Jersey Foundation account:

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Foundation
c/o RBC Dain Rauscher
192 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 688-2366

DTC # 0235
Account # 302-49523

Please email us to let us know when to expect your gift: donate@aclu-nj.org.

Some brokers like to know the ACLU-NJ Foundation Tax Identification Number — it is 22-2010593. This number substantiates that this is a tax-deductible gift.

If you or your broker have any problems or questions, please contact us at donate@aclu-nj.org or 973-642-2086 ext. 1721.

Planned Giving

Everyday, there are supporters who tell us that our country is headed in the wrong direction and they want to do as much as possible to make a difference. If you feel the same way, then a planned gift or bequest to the ACLU-NJ may be the answer that fits your values, family, and financial situation.

By leaving a legacy, you can personally support the ACLU-NJ's activities and help us to make our government an instrument of freedom, fairness, and equality.

Click on the links below to learn about how you can include the ACLU-NJ in your estate and financial plans.

Beneficiary Designation

A beneficiary designation for the ACLU-NJ Foundation is a simple and meaningful way to help ensure a strong future for individual rights. After your lifetime, these assets will transfer directly to the ACLU-NJ Foundation without going through probate.

Beneficiary designations can be made for:

Once you decide to designate the ACLU of New Jersey Foundation as a beneficiary, simply contact us at 973-642-2086 ext. 1721 or donate@aclu-nj.org to confirm details.

Estate Planning Tip: You may designate all or just a percentage of your policy, plan, or account.

For more information on making a bequest to the ACLU Foundation, please contact the ACLU-NJ Development Department at 973-642-2086 ext. 1721 or donate@aclu-nj.org.

Tax Note: Gifts of life insurance policies and retirement plans are considered non-probate assets and automatically bypass probate court. They are, however, subject to potential taxes, just like any property you own upon your death. Designating the ACLU Foundation as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement plan may allow you to avoid taxes that could apply if you were to leave these assets to heirs other than your spouse. As always, check with your estate planning professional about your specific plans.

Bequests

There are many ways that you can make a gift through your will or living trust. You may find that one of the following arrangements best fits your estate planning goals:

Residuary bequest is stated as a percentage:

Example: ____% of my estate.

Specific bequest is stated as a fixed dollar amount:
Example: the sum of $___________

It is often simpler to express your bequests as a percentage of your estate. In the event your estate changes in value you will not have to update your will as often. Your gifts remain proportional to your estate.

Please contact the ACLU-NJ Development Department at 973-642-2086 ext. 1721 or by e-mail at
donate@aclu-nj.org for specific language and to notify us of your plans.

Tax Note: It is worth noting that not every person's estate benefits from an estate charitable deduction. Please check with your estate planning professional to determine if this deduction would benefit your estate.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust can be tailored to accommodate a wide variety of gift assets and to meet your personal financial and philanthropic goals. Charitable remainder trusts may offer you a number of important benefits:

To establish a charitable remainder trust (CRT), you make an irrevocable contribution of cash, securities, or other property to a trustee of your choice and designate a person or persons who will receive income. (You may be one of them.) The income beneficiaries designated by you may receive the income generated by the trust for a term not to exceed twenty years or for life. When the specified time of payments has concluded, the appointed trustee pays the principal to the ACLU-NJ Foundation.

There are two basic types of Charitable Remainder Trusts:

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

A unitrust provides a fluctuating annual payment based on a percentage of the trust's assets as revalued each year. If the unitrust's assets grow over time, the beneficiaries will receive a larger annual payment.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

An annuity trust pays a fixed dollar amount each year, regardless of how the investments perform. The annuity trust provides the donor with the most secure income, as each payment is always the same.

Income Tax Benefits

When you make a gift to establish a CRT, you are entitled to an immediate income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the value of the donated assets. The size of the deduction is based on the projected value of the ultimate gift to the ACLU-NJ Foundation from the trust. For more information on charitable remainder trusts and projected figures based on your particular situation contact us at 973-642-2086 ext. 1721 or donate@aclu-nj.org.

Life Income Plans

A life income plan may be the perfect way for you to make a gift while providing an income for yourself or others. The ACLU-NJ Foundation offers a number of life income plans, one of which may suit your personal and financial objectives. While the details vary, these plans all offer the following benefits:

One of the most popular Life Income Plans is the Charitable Remainder Trust. Through this arrangement, you would irrevocably transfer cash, securities, or other property to a trust, managed by a trustee of your choice, to generate income for you or another beneficiary for a set number of years or for life. When the specified time of payments ends, the trustee pays the remaining principal in the trust to the ACLU-NJ Foundation.

If you have any questions or would like a detailed proposal please contact us at 973-642-2086 ext. 1721 or donate@aclu-nj.org.

Workplace Giving

The ACLU-NJ participates in United Way, Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign (NJSECC). Just designate the ACLU or ACLU-NJ as the intended recipient of your gift when you make your pledge. Check with your campaign coordinator for the appropriate code or designation to make your gift, and put your money to work protecting civil liberties for all!