Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

Rating: 3.67 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Race

Location: 400 Washington Ave Montgomery AL 36104 USA

Mission: The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The fact that the founder, Morris Dees, is a member of the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame (www.the-dma.org/awards/hof/hofinductees.shtml#1998) should tell you that this organization is much more about raising money than doing good.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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I am so proud to be a donor to the SPLC. The SPLC has a solid record of real activism against hate in America. Unlike other civil liberties organizations that simply publicize hate and injustice, the SPLC is not afraid to take action. It has worked within the law to shut down white supremacist organizations and is currently in the courts battling a Minnesota school district that has turned a blind eye to anti-gay bullying despite an alarming number of suicides among its students. The SPLC's decision to brand several prominent Religious Right organizations as "hate groups" for their false and demonizing propaganda against gays/lesbians has put those organizations on the defensive. The SPLC takes a stand against all hate, whether it is directed against minority groups or majority groups. It has also remained independent and refuses to be co-opted by a major political party.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have donated to Southern Poverty Law Center since 1974, and have been both inspired and humbled by their unfailing devotion to social justice and their incredible bravery in the face of overt and frightening attacks, including at one time the firebombing and destruction of their offices. SPLC has saved many lives, defended many unjustly accused, used legal means to disassemble many neo-Nazi, racist, and other extremist groups, and served as a source of information when even the government had no knowledge of extremists. They also have the wonderful campaign of "Teach Tolerance" in the schools. After Oklahoma City the feds got much of the information that led to arrests from SPLC. Founder Morris Dees and others have put their lives on the line many times, and serve as inspirations to new generations of volunteers and staff, who are brave and steadfast in their devotion to justice for all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen SPLC reduce the effectiveness of or disassemble several skinhead, neo-Nazi, anti-gay, racist, and anti-government groups that plagued the areas I know---where I live or where my mother's family, my father's family, my sisters, or friends live. It is both safer and more just to live here in the U.S. because of SPLC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide it even more security so it could spend more of its resources on social justice and education and less on protection and security.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Julian Bond at the Democratic National Convention in 1972(?)

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I was inspired by the work SPLC was doing. I saw this as a way to start "paying down the debt" that my Southern family, once slave owners and many KKK members, had "accumulated" over the years. I was raised in the West without "those old Southern prejudices" and I wanted to see that the mistakes of the past be reversed as quickly as possible. SPLC has worked hard to make the kind of progress that MUST be made.

What would you tell others about this organization?

If you want the most effective use of your donation dollar for social justice, give it to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

I first supported Morris Dees and his organization many years ago. He and the Center have uncovered, prosecuted and brought down many many extremely violent racist individuals and groups. They go up against the toughest groups in the country and don't back down. They send out free materials including curriculums, books, videos and magazines with high quality anti-discrimination strategies and lessons to any teacher or school group that asks. They have been bombed, set on fire, threatened and attacked for what they do. I feel that they are one of the main organizations standing between us and anarchy. I am grateful for what they do and and happily support them as much as I can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my teaching.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them even more to help them expand their incredible service to this country.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Please look at journalist Silverstein's research on SLPC before giving. I was shocked by what a marketing scam this non-profit has become. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgLmlnmMQ1E

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

they have great direct mail campaigns that convince you they need your money. Not the case.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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