The Giving Case:
Thomas More Law Center v. Rodriquez

The Supreme Court case addressing threats to donor privacy.

The Case

California law requires all nonprofits who solicit donations in the state to report the names and addresses of its major donors to the government.

Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a nonprofit organization based in Michigan, defends and promotes religious freedom, moral and family values, and the sanctity of human life. TMLC raises funds in California, and is subject to this law, which infringes on TMLC’s and its donors’ freedom of speech and association, as well as donor privacy.

TMLC has sued the state because California has no compelling need for this donor information and because the state has leaked hundreds of donors’ information in the past.

Given the trends of “cancel culture” and the fact that employees, clients, and supporters of TMLC have faced intimidation, death threats, hate mail, boycotts, and even assassination attempts from ideological opponents, protecting these donors’ information is critical.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Thomas More Law Center. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the arguments from TMLC and California, and we expect a ruling from the Court by the end of June. The Court’s decision could impact all Americans by setting a precedent to protect donor privacy or undermine the right to donate privately.

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Uphold Donor Privacy

Government should not be in the business of demanding private donors' information.

How Americans give to charities and causes – including whether that gift is public, known only to the recipient, or entirely anonymous– should be a private matter that each decides for himself.

We can all do our part to uphold donor privacy.

Sign the Statement of Support

By supporting donor privacy, you can defend the rights of all Americans. Your support advances the common good and helps preserve ministries’ ability to share the Gospel. Sign your name below if you agree with the following.

  1. I stand with Thomas More Law Center’s ability to protect its donors’ privacy.
  2. I stand against any effort to end Americans’ ability to privately give to charities and other causes.
  3. I stand with Alliance Defending Freedom in its efforts to advance the common good and uphold the freedom to give privately.
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