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Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Minority Rights, Race

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.

Programs: The southern poverty law center (splc) seeks justice by supporting victims of civil rights abuses and hate crimes, and promoting the civil and human rights of groups most affected by bias and discrimination in our society: minorities, immigrants, guest workers, children, the poor, and the lgbt community - both in the deep south and nationwide. Its case docket focuses on holding hate groups accountable for murders and other violent acts committed by their members; ending workplace exploitation of immigrants; challenging unconstitutional or discriminatory laws and policies affecting immigrants, minorities and the lgbt community; and working to reform juvenile justice, mental health, and education systems that fail children and routinely push students out of classrooms and into the criminal justice system, disproportionately harming african-american and latino students living in poverty. The splc attorneys focus on these critical civil rights issues from five splc offices in the deep south.

the splc's public information and education efforts seek to combat hate and bias in our society, expose extremism, and reduce discrimination and injustice. The splc provides information about hate groups and other extremists, their activities and their crimes to the public, law enforcement, policymakers, human rights organizations, and the media with the goal of preventing hate and extremism from entering the mainstream. The splc provides information and training materials to tens of thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide and conducts in-person training with thousands of officers per year. The splc also seeks to foster equality in the classroom and support tolerance education by providing award-winning, anti-bias materials to more than 400,000 teachers and schools nationwide. The splc educates the public on the structural causes, and impacts, of inequality and uses a multifaceted approach of community education, mobilization, media and legislative advocacy to combat bias and discrimination against minorities, immigrants, the poor, the lgbt community and other vulnerable members of society. All of the splc's work is provided free of charge.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to your organization quite often since you won your judgement against the KKK several years ago ! My friend Herb died a week ago and his wife my lovely and very dear friend Lilian, mentioned your group as being worthy of support ! I couldn't agree more and have mentioned your agency in a note I sent out to our friends, all of whom were horrified by what happened recently in Charlottesville.
So I, and hopefully many others will be sending donations in memory of this fine human being, to his beloved widow, before his memorial service in a few weeks.
Am counting on your association to do your magic against these awful neo nazi and others who are polluting our democratic and compassionate nation. Many thanks,
Renee Schleifer

Donor

Rating: 1

The fundraising practices of Southern Poverty Law Center are disrespectful and disingenuous. While I believe in the work they do, I have asked to be removed from their mailing list due to their aggressively rude practices (such as asking me for donations after I just made one). Despite 10 YEARS of asking to be removed from their lists,I am still receiving appeals asking for money. Not newsletters or substantive program pieces; just more requests for money. As a fundraiser myself, I find this to be a completely disrespectful way to handle donors. When someone asks you to take them off your list, you should respect that donor's wishes. Period. For an organization so large, they should be able to handle the small detail of a mailing list update, especially after multiple requests. Just goes to show they don't actually care about their donors. I give my money elsewhere, where the organization actually notices.

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If there was such a thing as negative stars, it would be appropriate for this propaganda and pocket lining fraud. The main activity is to raise funds, much of which end up in the pockets of Dees and Cohen. They have struck paydirt with their "Hate Map" and their "Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists" which include many names that are not hate groups or extremists of any kind; they just have views that SPLC doesn't like.

For years, GuideStar could not/ would not rate SPLC as a charity. It is now succumbing to extreme Progressive pressure, much to its shame.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wow. Turns out this is a huge financial enterprise, with over $300 million in assets. Do they give it away to help those in need? No--they pay huge salaries, have a beautiful building, and engage in lies to get funding. They focus on what they view as right wing hate groups (here's a quote from their website--"Hatewatch is a blog that monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right") but ignore left wing hate groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace, which is actually a German and non-Jewish funded organization working to destroy Israel, the only safe place in the middle east for members of the LBGTQ community. The road to hell is paved with good intentions--and these are about the best hell pavers. Intentions matter not at all--it is results that matter, and these folks are mostly evil. Hitler thought he was doing good--and these folks do as well. They have enough money to do severe damage to good people--please do not give them more.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is actually a ZERO STAR REVIEW - It’s appalling that this outfit claims to be the nation’s self-appointed arbiter of the definition of a “Hate Group”. In other words, if you don’t fit into their agenda on social issues, then you are “hateful”- Nonsense! 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 all of human civilization for thousands of years, are condemned as “hate groups”. This is pure propaganda, and frankly, the definition of hate itself. If you don’t agree with them, you’re hateful. The fact that Guidestar posts “warnings” at the top of certain Christian pages as if the SPLG is a neutral and impartial arbiter that judges others based on a generally agreed upon standard of what "hate" actually is, and approved by the vast majority of Americans is pure drivel. The fact that Guidestar promotes this biased assessment says more about their own bias than it does about the alt-left anti-Christian SPLC. Upon reviewing their 990s that are publicly filed, and with only a handful of employees, the SPLC is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars in assets. Hardly the definition of a “non-profit”. They should be disqualified from even being rated by Guidestar.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

6

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

3 Leslie106

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most important groups in the USA for fighting hate crimes and collecting data.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

12

Donor

Rating: 5

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?

10

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

SPLC is more of a political activist group than a true charity. They do not deserve a non-profit status.

Review from CharityNavigator

5 Sojourner

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/progressive-org-gives-muslim-groups-a-pass-on-gay-issues-condemns-social-conservatives/
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http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mbarber/100325
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http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/07/14/splc-brands-rand-paul-an-extremist/

7

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Donor

Rating: 5

There's no other organization in the US that has fought hatred and racism and exposes the hate mongers as effectively as SPLC. I would give them 6 stars if possible.

Review from CharityNavigator

10

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator