This is one of the most important groups in the USA for fighting hate crimes and collecting data.
All of us are bombarded by fund raisers with requests for donations. For years I tried to give even a small amount to as many as I could, with compassion and empathy, but as I studied the actual work accomplished by several I supported, I was dismayed by the high administrative salaries and lack of real results. I am now a firm supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center. I know they are genuinely committed to equal rights and equal justice for all. I see it in the thousands of cases they represent as attorneys, and am grateful for the difference they make to the lives of so many. They help us keep the dream of democracy alive with the work they do daily.
I have been a donor to the "Teaching Tolerance" program for 20 years now, and this organization is second to none. Mr. Dees is a true American hero for his dedication and work that goes into running the SPLC. If not for the SPLC, who?
Love this non profit. They stand up for the poor in our society who would otherwise not have an advocate on their side. Fighting poverty capitalism, racial injustice, hate groups and the many ways the immoral and unjust far right has perverted our way of governance for the benefit of corporations is just part of the reason I support this non profit . Keep up the good work!
SPLC is more of a political activist group than a true charity. They do not deserve a non-profit status.
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SPLC's Teaching Tolerance program is working to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. The program points to the future, helping teachers prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world. Adult bigots and their offspring have bullied children for years. My child, very Christian and loving, has been bullied and we seek education for all to end ignorance and hatred. We are saddened by the pervasive oppression, ingnorance and injustice we see in our world, thus we give when we can, as led by Christ's love to do so.
Before donating you should review the 990s that are publicly filed; as of 2011 this outfit--with only a handful of employees--is sitting on about 250 million dollars in assets.... That is a disproportionate cash position and given that their income covers expenses, you wonder just what that quarter billion dollars is doing? Substantively, they use the "hate group" label indiscriminately--groups that simply affirm marriage as one man/one woman--the definition that has been virtually uniform in western civilization--are condemned as hate groups. This is pure propaganda, worse because many of their charges have been directly rebutted yet they never retract their false statements.
Per their published reports, the Southern Poverty Law Center considers all of the following to be "extreme" individuals or hate groups: the Family Research Council, Rand Paul and other libertarians, anyone who wants existing immigration law enforced, anyone who is against redefining of term for political reasons (that is, Orwellian newspeak) when said redefining is something leftists are pushing for, the Tea Party, etc. etc. And who DOESN'T make the cut? Why, any group it would be "politically incorrect" to attack (such as Muslim groups that hold the same position against "gay marriage" that others were labeled as "hate groups" for holding). And, of course, all leftist groups get a free pass. They even admit as much. (See links.)
So... it's a great group to donate to if you're an intellectually bankrupt leftist hack, I suppose.
In response to Mr. Bandler, I believe the induction to the Direct Mktg Hall of Fame slur is misleading. Because Mr. Dees was inducted to this group means he excelled at has marketing skills, along with his contributions to society. There is a huge difference between efforts a non-profit makes in seeking donations to fund their cause and those who pay exorbitant fees to a FOR-profit fund raising group. Too many kind folks donate via a for-profit fund raiser, unknowingly giving most if not all of their money to them instead of the non-profit. The SPLC does excellent work on behalf of so many who need it most. I am grateful for Mr. Dees' consistent dedication along with everyone else there.
I've contributed since 1975 and think this organization is one of the most effective civil rights organizations around. It goes directly after hate organizations as well as teaching tolerance
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