Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

  • Montgomery, AL
  • http://www.splcenter.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Legal
Service Areas

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National

The SPLC serves the the country as a whole. We expose hate groups to marginalize their impact on mainstream institutions and communities across the nation. Our tolerance education work reaches millions of school children and teachers from all 50 states each year. Through our lawsuits, we not only represent those with no other champions but also create structural change benefiting those beyond our immediate clients.

ruling year

1971

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Richard Cohen

Keywords

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Diversity, Tolerance, Tolerance Education, Human & Civil Rights, Hate Investigation

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Also Known As

Southern Poverty Law Center

EIN

63-0598743

 Number

5418070281

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Minority Rights (R22)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For more than 40 years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has won justice for the most vulnerable in our society – from integrating the Alabama State Troopers to securing multimillion-dollar judgments on behalf victims of hate group violence. Each year, our Teaching Tolerance program reaches millions of students with award-winning tolerance education resources sent free to every school in the nation.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education

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.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

None

Budget

$14,263,365.00

Program 2

Legal

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.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

None

Budget

$12,942,680.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Southern Poverty Law Center's goals are to fight hate, to teach tolerance, and to seek justice. We work on behalf of victims of civil rights abuses and hate crimes, and promote 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. We organize our work in six programmatic priorities: Hate and Extremism; Children at Risk; LGBT Rights; Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice; and, Teaching Tolerance.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The SPLC's strategies combine litigation, public information and education, media outreach, and advocacy.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The SPLC has been on the forefront of social justice since its founding in 1971. We are an internationally recognized leader in advancing civil rights and social equality and considered the nation's preeminent organization monitoring the radical right. We have an active case docket, and focus 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 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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The SPLC's strategic planning process includes an overall evaluation of its programs, priorities and progress towards its goals. We define success and hold ourselves accountable to the impact of our civil rights' litigation and advocacy campaigns. On the litigation side this includes: (1) the direct impact on the clients we represent and the relief we are able to obtain for them; (2) our influence on the broader civil rights and social justice field, by setting legal precedents that hold perpetrators on injustice accountable, and; (3) the leverage we create for others to advance and mainstream social justice and civil rights. On the public information, education and advocacy side, this includes: (1) the number and the quality of our publications, magazines, reports and white papers; (2) the positive media coverage of our work; (3) the degree to which policy allies rely on our cases and reports (4) the efficacy of our educational materials, and (5) our ability to continue to have the ear of policymakers at the federal level.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Hate and Extremism: We are the only organization producing an annual hate group list, making our efforts essential to gauging the level of extremism in the United States. Currently, there are 784 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others. Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 30 percent.

    Children at Risk: We work throughout the Deep South to ensure that children at risk have equal access to quality education, to prevent them from being funneled in the juvenile justice system and to ensure that incarcerated children have access to health and educational services. We have numerous ongoing cases. We changed Florida's discriminatory tuition classification regulations that required U.S. born students who could not prove their parents education status to pay out-of-state tuition. We negotiated a far reaching agreement with Mobile public schools that promises systemic reform of the district's disciplinary policies and practices.

    LGBT Rights: In a landmark ruling, we ensured that all LGB married veterans receive equal benefits as their heterosexual married counterparts. We distributed more than 100,000 copies of our award-winning movie, Bullied, free of charge, in hopes of deterring bullies and preventing student suicides. We have an ongoing lawsuits challenging conversion therapy on the basis of fraud, are challenging Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage, are raising awareness of about the plight of imprisoned LGBT youth and are exposing anti-gay hategroups that are exporting hate in the developing world.

    Immigrant Justice: We gutted Alabama's anti-immigrant law HB-56, the harshest in the country, are closely monitoring new and existing laws and policies that undermine the rights and limit the opportunities of guestworkers and aspiring Americans in the Deep South, expose the racism that forms the basis of anti-immigrant laws and policies; and advocate for fair comprehensive immigration reform. We have numerous cases on behalf of guestworkers and undocumented immigrants.

    Teaching Tolerance:We are piloting our new Common Core aligned tolerance K-12 curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America, and will formally launch it in time for the school year 2014-2015. We publish our Teaching Tolerance magazine three times a year, reaching 450,000 subscribers, and offer teaching kits, professional development, and school climate resources to every school in the country. We organize our annual Mix it Up at Lunch Day. Our website, tolerance.org offers more than 500 no-cost anti bias lesson plans and classroom activities.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The SPLC serves the the country as a whole. We expose hate groups to marginalize their impact on mainstream institutions and communities across the nation. Our tolerance education work reaches millions of school children and teachers from all 50 states each year. Through our lawsuits, we not only represent those with no other champions but also create structural change benefiting those beyond our immediate clients.

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SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER INC
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
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Operations

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Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Cohen

BIO

A Virginia native, Richard received his undergraduate degree from
Columbia University in 1976 and his law degree from the University of
Virginia in 1979. Prior to joining the SPLC staff in 1986, he was a
shareholder in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He has been involved in a
wide variety of civil rights litigation ranging from traditional
employment discrimination and voting rights cases to lawsuits against
neo-Nazi organizations. Richard has appeared in numerous state and
federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In
1997, Richard was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of 45 “young
lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are
changing lives." In 1999, he was a finalist for the Lawyer of the Year
Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for his role in
representing an African American church against Klan arsonists. As SPLC
president, Richard also directs the SPLC project that monitors hate
group activity across the country as well as the educational
initiatives. He served as the executive producer of “Mighty Times: The
Children's March," an SPLC-produced documentary film that won an
Academy Award in 2005.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alan B Howard

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?