The American Civil Liberties Union has proven to be an important player in the opposition against the recent immigrant ban. Besides taking legal action against this decision, ACLU has also succeeded to mobilize the public in a fundraising movement. As a consequence, in just a matter of two days, the non-profit organization received a total of $24 million from 350,000 donations. In an effort to spend these donated funds wisely and to the use of the entire American community, ACLU will receive guidance from Y Combinator. This is a startup incubator from Silicon Valley that helps new companies develop into powerful businesses.
While the Y Combinator has been around the block since March 2005, it was only in 2013 when the company started welcome non-profit organizations. It started off with Watsi, a crowdfunding organization regarding medical support for developing countries, and continued with Immunity Project, Zidisha, and CareMessage. Most of these organizations are aiming at improving healthcare industry around the world, while Zidisha ensures an easier lending program in developing countries.
As of recently, the Y Combinator will welcome ACLU during its winter sessions, and it will benefit a free of charge service. The non-profit organization will use the donated funds and the YC guidance to achieve better its main goal. ACLU has at its core the mission to protect the constitutional rights and liberties of all individuals. The new collaboration came as a result of an exchange of services. It was Kat Manalac, a YC partner, who asked ACLU first for advice regarding a civic matter. As a sign of appreciation, the YC repaid the help from the non-profit organization by allowing it to participate in the next accelerator session.
Moreover, the Y Combinator is aware of the busy program of ACLU and will do all that is possible to respect the valuable time of the organization. Normally, for-profit companies have to come to Silicon Valley to take advantage of the most powerful incubator for startups. However, ACLU will not have to leave its headquarters, but the teachers will come to New York City instead. A spokesperson on behalf of ACLU declared that Silicon Valley is an important player that can help inform the world on the ACLU activities. Together, both of them can bring innovation in civil liberties.
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