My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc., Montgomery, AL, USA
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen SPLC reduce the effectiveness of or disassemble several skinhead, neo-Nazi, anti-gay, racist, and anti-government groups that plagued the areas I know---where I live or where my mother's family, my father's family, my sisters, or friends live. It is both safer and more just to live here in the U.S. because of SPLC.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide it even more security so it could spend more of its resources on social justice and education and less on protection and security.
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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?
Julian Bond at the Democratic National Convention in 1972(?)
Why did you make your donation at this time?
I was inspired by the work SPLC was doing. I saw this as a way to start "paying down the debt" that my Southern family, once slave owners and many KKK members, had "accumulated" over the years. I was raised in the West without "those old Southern prejudices" and I wanted to see that the mistakes of the past be reversed as quickly as possible. SPLC has worked hard to make the kind of progress that MUST be made.
What would you tell others about this organization?
If you want the most effective use of your donation dollar for social justice, give it to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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