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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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/