acli | February 2, 2017

With coffers suddenly flush, ACLU goes to startup school

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The public showered the ACLU with $24 million, nearly six times its annual average online fundraising haul after it went to court to secure a stay of President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Acting more like a “civic tech” startup than a 100-year old nonprofit, the ACLU is joining Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley startup accelerator that’s helped propel the likes of Airbnb and Dropbox.

“We need to scale up. We need to up our game,” the ACLU’s Anthony Romero told Trevor Noah on the Daily Show last night.

Civic tech startups raised $500 million in venture capital in 2015, according to a report from the Omidyar Network, a 119 percent increase in two years.

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