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Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
tel: (888) 414-7752
EIN: 63-0598743

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Board Leadership

Alan B. Howard


Richard Cohen

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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Southern Poverty Law Center

Advocating for justice and equality

(out of 100)
Overall 86.11 3 stars
  Financial 80.60 3 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 4 stars
This rating was published 10/01/2015 using data for FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2014 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Primary Revenue Growth 6.5%
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.33
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Southern Poverty Law Center on the FY2014 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 10/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $43,471,290
   Federated Campaigns $196,085
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $43,667,375
   Program Service Revenue $194,008
Total Primary Revenue $43,861,383
   Other Revenue $10,559,126
TOTAL REVENUE $54,420,509
   Program Expenses $26,972,766
   Administrative Expenses $5,766,908
   Fundraising Expenses $9,674,637
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,006,198
Net Assets $314,748,132


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 10/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$319,820 0.75% Richard Cohen President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$326,893 0.77% Morris Dees Chief Trial Counsel


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Throughout its history, SPLC has worked to make the nation's Constitutional ideals a reality. The SPLC legal department fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society's most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. The SPLC Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. To combat the causes of hate, SPLC in 1991 established Teaching Tolerance, an educational program to help K-12 teachers foster respect and understanding in the classroom.

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