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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a donor to the SPLC. The SPLC has a solid record of real activism against hate in America. Unlike other civil liberties organizations that simply publicize hate and injustice, the SPLC is not afraid to take action. It has worked within the law to shut down white supremacist organizations and is currently in the courts battling a Minnesota school district that has turned a blind eye to anti-gay bullying despite an alarming number of suicides among its students. The SPLC's decision to brand several prominent Religious Right organizations as "hate groups" for their false and demonizing propaganda against gays/lesbians has put those organizations on the defensive. The SPLC takes a stand against all hate, whether it is directed against minority groups or majority groups. It has also remained independent and refuses to be co-opted by a major political party.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Southern Poverty Law Center since 1974, and have been both inspired and humbled by their unfailing devotion to social justice and their incredible bravery in the face of overt and frightening attacks, including at one time the firebombing and destruction of their offices. SPLC has saved many lives, defended many unjustly accused, used legal means to disassemble many neo-Nazi, racist, and other extremist groups, and served as a source of information when even the government had no knowledge of extremists. They also have the wonderful campaign of "Teach Tolerance" in the schools. After Oklahoma City the feds got much of the information that led to arrests from SPLC. Founder Morris Dees and others have put their lives on the line many times, and serve as inspirations to new generations of volunteers and staff, who are brave and steadfast in their devotion to justice for all.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first supported Morris Dees and his organization many years ago. He and the Center have uncovered, prosecuted and brought down many many extremely violent racist individuals and groups. They go up against the toughest groups in the country and don't back down. They send out free materials including curriculums, books, videos and magazines with high quality anti-discrimination strategies and lessons to any teacher or school group that asks. They have been bombed, set on fire, threatened and attacked for what they do. I feel that they are one of the main organizations standing between us and anarchy. I am grateful for what they do and and happily support them as much as I can.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Please look at journalist Silverstein's research on SLPC before giving. I was shocked by what a marketing scam this non-profit has become. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgLmlnmMQ1E