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Privacy-related non-profit organizations - which one to contribute to?

Asked by elbanditoroso (15756 points ) August 14th, 2012

I’m a strong believer in laws relating to personal privacy and autonomy. I think that we (collectively) need to support organizations that promote that.

I want to make a donation where it will do the most good—meaning that the organization should be:

a) effective. proven track record in their activities. Small percentage of donations go to fund-raising; large percentage to their activities.

b) national level – My view is that local organizations simply have less impact that national ones

c) creative, thinking out of the box. Unafraid to take on new threats to personal privacy.

The two that immediately come to mind are EPIC and the ACLU. I’m sure there others. Can any of you educate me to options?

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marinelife's avatar

Based on your description, the ACLU was the first thing that came to mind for me. I know Doug Klunder, the director of the Washington ACLU’s privacy project. He is one of the most honorable people I have ever met.

zenvelo's avatar

I joined the ACLU in 2006, and donated a hundred dollars or so. I got something in the mail about every ten days asking for more, and an email every third day, also asking for more money.

They have been bugging me at least once a month ever since, even though I did not renew my membership. I support their efforts but wish they’d spend more protecting rights.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Charity Navigator may be a good place to check out. Most notably it’ll give you a good view of the scope of organizations and how they allocate money. It won’t give you too much on the creative side, but you can use it to find and check out a few orgs, and then look at them more closely.

Overall, I’d agree the ACLU fits (though that’s annoying, @zenvelo. I doubt it takes that much of their money, but I agree annoying members isn’t the best way to go), also the Electronic Frontier Foundation may be good to look into as well.

ETpro's avatar

I’m a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and I really should join the ACLU.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Thanks – will look at the navigator, and check into EFF.

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