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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

2 Leslie106

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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?

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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!

4 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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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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