I have followed this organization for 20+ years, have donated for 10+ years. Been to a few events.
I teach social psychology at a college, and their information and reporting is a resource like no other. Their social justice work is amazing. They find new kinds of abuse - juvenile detention in Alabama, attacks on teachers brought from the Philipines on phony promises, private companies capitalizing on fear to prey on undocumented immigrants -- just amazing.
I don't think they are paying attention to the job applicants. I have applied many times to positions that I am qualified, and they keep posting these same positions over and over. Obviously if someone keeps applying then they not only want to work for your organization but also need the chance. For an organization that has "poverty" in the name, they certainly aren't helping people get out of poverty.
Signed up for a one time donation then they turned it into a reoccuring monthly one. Have tried to call them multiple times to have it stopped with no success, no one seems to be around to answer the phone. Left messages and emailed them, but still no response back. Just called a different dept and they said the donations dept was out for lunch for 2hrs??? Sounds like the funds are being used well.
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.