Donating to the ACLU? Don't Forget This Important Tip
In the wake of President Donald Trump's ban on refugees, the ACLU has crushed it in the donations department, receiving $24 million just this weekend — six times what it might expect to get in a given year, organization officials have said.
But if you're one of the thousands of people whipping out your wallet to lend a financial hand to the nonprofit poised to fight what's been dubbed the Muslim ban, take in this tip first, courtesy of Money magazine: Donate to the ACLU Foundation, not the main ACLU.
Why? The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which means donations made to it are tax deductible. The main ACLU is a 501(c)(4), which means donations made to it are not tax deductible — though you do get a nifty membership card if you donate there.
If you'd like to donate to the ACLU that specifically represents your state, you're also in luck. All of the ACLU affiliates are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and your donations to any of them would be tax deductible. (One thing to keep in mind: We're talking about your 2017 taxes.)
Of course, the ACLU isn't the only nonprofit ready to take on the immigration ban. Money cites organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the National Immigration Law Center as among several that would happily accept tax-deductible donations to help fight the ban.
Last tip: Any time you make a tax-deductible donation, be sure to keep your receipt somewhere safe. It's your proof to the IRS that you really made the donation.
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