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Nonprofit Overview

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.


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.


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.

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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.