An annual membership in Americans United starts at $35 a year. (You are, of course, welcome and encouraged to support our work by making a donation at whatever level you can afford!) In addition to providing much-needed funding for our many legal, legislative, grassroots and education efforts, your financial support entitles you to receive 11 issues of our award-winning monthly journal Church & State and periodic updates on pressing religious liberty concerns. Additional benefits are given at higher levels of contribution.
We encourage you to join Americans United through our chapter. If you do, your initial membership supports our chapter directly, and we can immediately add you to our chapter’s email list so we can keep you informed of our activities. You will automatically become a member of the national organization. If you join through the national organization, you must ask to be a chapter member.
You can join Americans United by clicking here or mailing us a check to:
Americans United of Houston
P.O. Box 550743
Houston, TX 77255-0743
Students can join for free. Go to austudents.org and click on the red banner “BECOME A STUDENT SUPPORTER.”
You can set up automated monthly credit card gifts. Your monthly support will enable AU to make plans with confidence, knowing we can count on your regular and steadfast support. If you don’t want to donate online, please email for a form that you can print, complete and mail to set up an automatic withdrawal from your bank account.
Americans United’s national office handles membership renewals. Please renew your membership at au.org or send your renewal donation to the national office.
For information about giving a gift subscription to Church & State, making a tribute donation in someone’s memory or honor, making a bequest, or employer matching or other ways to donate, go to www.au.org/donate/other
Is AU tax-exempt?
Yes — Americans United is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3, non-profit education organization. Our Federal ID is #53-0184647.
Are my contributions to AU tax-deductible?
Yes, to a point. If you receive Church & State magazine, $5 is considered its annual subscription fee and is non-deductible. If you choose to receive a premium/thank-you gift during our early-year renewal campaign, its value is also not deductible (the value will be stated on the thank-you letter you receive for your donation). The remainder of your total annual giving — or the entire amount of your annual giving if you opt not to receive these benefits — is deductible to the full extent of the law.
Will I receive a thank-you letter for my donation?
Yes, Americans United’s national office will send you a written acknowledgement of your mailed or phoned-in donation within three weeks of processing your donation or an email acknowledgement for your online donation immediately, for tax purposes.
If you have other questions about membership or donations, please see AU’s Donation FAQ’s
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Report a Violation
See something that you think may be a church-state violation? Let us know and our legal team will review.
Review Examples and FAQs
Before taking the time to report a violation of the separation of church and state, please review our examples and information about what does (and doesn’t) constitute a violation. We would hate to be unable to help with your situation!
Examples of Violations:
- An organization uses a government grant for religious activity.
- A public school event includes prayer or a public school teaches creationism or intelligent design.
- The government displays a religious symbol or text on public property.
- The government funds religious hospitals that refuse to provide certain kinds of reproductive health care services for religious reasons.
The Houston AU chapter needs YOUR HELP to continue advancing the cause of religious liberty:
- Are you good with social media?
- Do you know how to write a press release or media alert?
- Can you design a program announcement?
- Can you advise us how to better publicize our efforts?
- Would you like to join a committee to plan a chapter event?
- Do you have another interest or skill that you could share with us?
If so, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate to Americans United for Separation of Church & State-Houston Chapter, you may donate online by clicking on this link
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