Join the NAACP Legal Defense Fund today

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is America's premier nonprofit legal organization fighting for racial justice. For 75 years, we have worked to protect our citizens’ hard-won civil rights.

At NAACP LDF, we know that a right gained is not a right secured forever. That's why we continue to fight in courtrooms across the nation for equality and justice for all Americans.

Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we seek to:

  • End racial bias in the criminal justice system
  • Protect voting rights and achieve full African-American civic engagement
  • Increase economic fairness and promote equal pay for all Americans
  • Increase equity in education by removing racial barriers to educational opportunity

Since the start of the civil rights movement, we have come so far... and made a great deal of progress - but there's still much work to be done.

Join us in the fight for racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society by making a gift to NAACP LDF today.

Together, we can win key civil rights battles and ensure that the doors of opportunity remain open for everyone.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (which administers the Herbert Lehman Education Fund) and the Earl Warren Legal Training Program are both 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that rely on individual contributions to continue their work. We understand the importance of protecting your personal information. Rest assured that giving a tax-deductible donation to LDF is safe. Our full privacy policy is available here. For tax purposes, our EIN is 13-1655255.

Our Major Battles


Supreme Court upholds use of race in university admissions in Fisher v. UT Austin


Supreme Court rules against Chicago's discriminatory hiring practices


African-American and Latino NYC employees win $21 million discrimination suit


States forced to implement federal mandate to test poor children for lead poisoning


Tax–exempt status denied to religious schools that discriminate on the basis of race


Racially discriminatory tests for employment or promotion ruled illegal


Congress passes Fair Housing Act


Voting Rights Act passed by Congress


Brown v. Board of Education abolishes segregation in public schools