ACLU-TN is a vibrant and influential organization because of its creative and multifaceted strategies to protect freedom in Tennessee and nationwide, made possible by the generous support of its donors and members. Substantial financial resources are essential to pursuing our work. ACLU receives no government funding and never charges for its services. We rely entirely on individual tax-deductible gifts, membership dues, grants, court-awarded attorneys’ fees and bequests. ACLU-TN is composed of the ACLU Foundation of Tennessee, a 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization that conducts our legal, advocacy and education activities; and the ACLU of Tennessee Affiliate, a 501(c)4 organization that conducts membership outreach and legislative lobbying. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible; membership dues and gifts to the ACLU of Tennessee Affiliate are not tax-deductible. Support the ACLU with a donation today.


  • Make a tax-deductible gift to the ACLU Foundation of Tennessee to support our public education programs and impact litigation. Gifts can be made online, or by mailing a check made payable to "ACLU Foundation of Tennessee" to: ACLU Foundation of Tennessee, P.O. Box 120160, Nashville, TN  37212. PLEASE NOTE: in mid-November 2021, we learned of an issue at the post office that caused mail to be returned. If your correspondence to our P.O. box was returned, please contact Director of Philanthropy, George G. Tolbert, II, at or 615-320-7142 for assistance.
  • Join the ACLU or renew your membership. Your membership dues support our legislative advocacy and lobbying work.
  • Federal law allows people age 70½ or older to make direct transfers up to $100,000 per year per person to charitable organizations from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without the withdrawal being treated as taxable income. The withdrawal can be counted toward your Required Minimum Distribution. Note: The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) became law on December 20, 2019. The Secure Act made major changes to the Required Minimum Distribution rules. If you reached the age of 70½ in 2019 the prior rule applies. If you reach age 70 ½ in 2020 or later you must take your first RMD by April 1 of the year after you reach 72. Transfers must come from your IRA, made payable to the ACLU Foundation of Tennessee. 401(k), 403(b), and other retirement plans do not qualify. Ask your advisor about transferring funds from these other accounts to an IRA. To make your gift, contact your IRA custodian and follow their procedures to request a “Qualified Charitable Distribution.” The check must be accompanied by your name and address information in order for you to receive a written acknowledgement from us. For reference, our EID is: 62-098832.
  • ACLU-TN also accepts gifts of stock, securities or mutual fund shares; please call our development office at 615-320-7142 to obtain transfer information.
  • Planned gifts help support the stability and permanence of the ACLU in Tennessee and across the nation. There are many ways that you can make a planned gift to the ACLU, including through your will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. For more information, visit or contact our development office at 615-320-7142.

For more information about giving opportunities, please contact our development office at 615-320-7142.

Please note: due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, donation processing - including acknowledgement letters - may be delayed. Director of Philanthropy, George G. Tolbert, II, ( if you have any questions.