First Liberty Institute

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First Liberty is the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans. We believe that every American of any faith—or no faith at all—has a fundamental right to follow their conscience and live according to their beliefs. Our nation's Founding Fathers established this right as our First Freedom nearly two and a half centuries ago, and we intend to keep it that way.

On the Frontlines: 

For over 30 years, First Liberty President, CEO and Chief Counsel, Kelly Shackelford, has been leading the fight to reclaim religious freedom in America. Joining Kelly on the frontlines are a dedicated team of legal experts who have helped First Liberty achieve an unparalleled win rate of over 90% across all legal matters. The nation's best attorneys, defending your first freedom.

Making History Together: 

This year, First Liberty won another landmark Supreme Court victory that will protect your religious freedom for generations to come. 

For Gerald Groff, we won the right for him to takeoff work in order to honor the Sabbath. This means that Gerald and millions of people of faith won’t have to choose between their faith and their job.

Along with our Supreme Court victories for Coach Kennedy and for parents in Maine, Americans like you are now experiencing more religious freedom than ever before.

We Stand for You: 

Our nation's diversity has always been one of its greatest strengths. No matter your faith, ideology, or background, we will always defend your ability to freely live according to your beliefs—because the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not conditional.

Even better, we do it at no cost to our clients.

Without our constitutional experts defending religious freedom, your right to practice and express your beliefs could be greatly diminished.  You could be persecuted or fired for simply praying in public or wearing a cross necklace—which are freedoms we've actually defended in court.

Our Strategy for Success:  

First Liberty Institute has a victory rate of over 90% across all legal matters we handle.

For every $100,000 we spend on a case, we receive up to $600,000 in pro bono legal time via our exclusive network of elite volunteer attorneys from some of the top firms in the country. In other words, every $1 dollar we receive in donations is multiplied by 6—allowing us to invest and deliver more freedom per dollar.


First Liberty Institute’s mission is to advance religious liberty across America—in our schools, our houses of worship and faith-based organizations, the military, and throughout the marketplace and public arena.


Right now, the opportunities for impacting religious liberty in America are unlike anything we’ve seen for the past 30 years of being on the frontlines. Together, we’re witnessing history in the making—and we’re inviting you to be a part of it.

Your financial support will allow us to capitalize on these opportunities, and refuel our resources needed to meet the challenges ahead and continue winning the fight for religious liberty.

Equity Statement

First Liberty Institute is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, nonprofit legal organization, who represents people of all faiths in defending religious liberty across America. First Liberty does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its employment decisions.

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Organization name

First Liberty Institute

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Human Rights, Civil Rights & Advocacy

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$10,000,000 or more

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Wise, Tarrant, Somervell, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Navarro, Montague, Kaufman, Johnson, Hunt, Hood, Grayson, Fannin, Erath, Ellis, Denton, Dallas, Cooke, Collin

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